GVI’s research station can be found in the Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, which stretches from the foothills of the Talamancan mountain range towards the coast of the Caribbean. The reserve is home to some of the richest jungle habitats in the world. You’ll spend your time surrounded by breathtaking scenery and some truly remarkable wildlife, including such species as ocelots, howler monkeys, toucans, sloths and coati.
Working closely with our partners on the ground in Costa Rica – Kekoldi Hawkwatch and Turtle Rescue Cahuita – your hands-on efforts will contribute to the long-term sustainable conservation of the essential biodiversity of this stunning habitat. This includes hiking the jungle trails, conducting biodiversity surveys, checking camera traps for footage of wild cats, helping monitor sea turtle nests, and exploring the lowland rainforest noting important bird species.
During your time in Kekoldi, you’ll have the chance to encounter some of the most impressive animals, including vibrant and charismatic birds and a whole host of other fascinating mammals like monkeys and sloths. Kekoldi is home to hundreds of species of amphibians and reptiles, making every forest walk an exciting experience.
We offer a wide range of volunteer and internship opportunities in Costa Rica, including:
Picture this: an 8500-acre expanse of Caribbean lowlands rainforest, brimming with thousands of incredible species, including some of Costa Rica’s most iconic wildlife. Kekoldi also ranks among the world’s top three must-visit spots for monitoring migratory birds.
Kekoldi is home to a variety of species, including:
When you join one of our volunteer or internship programs in Kekoldi, you’ll work on projects with a focus on the following species:
When you volunteer in Costa Rica with GVI, you’ll live and work within the Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. The reserve is home to a staggering variety of species found in the foothills of the Talamancan mountains, offering a unique experience that’s all about nature and culture.
Surrounded by popular tourist hubs, Kekoldi remains a unique haven. The nearby towns have rapidly developed to cater to the growing tourist demand. Despite being an indigenous territory, there’s concern that future legislation might open doors for investors to build resorts, impacting the region’s pristine nature. Our goal is to work towards safeguarding this remarkable territory. Through a solid biodiversity monitoring plan and other projects, we’re working towards showcasing how healthy this jungle is. This isn’t just about saving the jungle; it’s about having proof to keep this place safe if tourism grows. We also provide support to pre-existing projects like the Migratory Raptors Project and the Bushmaster Ecology Project, essential for the ecosystem’s well-being.
Join us in Kekoldi, and be part of a community that’s all about balancing nature, culture and adventure.
We offer flexible durations for volunteering and internships. You can choose to join us for a minimum of two weeks or extend your stay up to several months, allowing you to tailor your volunteer experience to align with your schedule and goals.
We welcome individuals from all backgrounds and skill levels to join our program. No specific qualifications are required, but a positive attitude, willingness to learn and a collaborative spirit are highly valued.
Safety is our top priority at GVI. We provide thorough pre-departure guidance, on-site safety briefings, and 24/7 support. Kekoldi is a safe community, and we take necessary precautions to ensure your well-being. We recommend following our guidelines, including vaccinations and health recommendations, to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
GVI offers extensive support and guidance throughout your journey. Our experienced and passionate staff will provide pre-departure information, in-country orientation and ongoing mentorship. You’ll receive assistance with project tasks, cultural adaptation, and any other needs to ensure a meaningful and impactful experience.
During your free time, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture. Explore nearby towns, participate in traditional activities and engage with local communities. Our team on the ground can also recommend nearby attractions and activities to enhance your experience.