Rainforest Exploration and Biodiversity in Costa Rica

Conduct biodiversity research in rainforests along the vibrant and diverse Caribbean coast.

Durations:  2 - 12 weeks

Program information

On this program, participants will hike through the rainforests of Tortuguero National Park conducting biodiversity surveys. Data from these surveys assists park management and the Costa Rican government with making decisions about the effective sustainable management of the area.

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Program overview

Join a team of international participants stationed in the heart of Tortuguero National Park. Observe rainforest species in their natural environment, noting species type and abundance to assist the Costa Rican government with understanding the health of the habitat and assist them with managing conservation efforts in the region.

You will be trained in how to identify a wide range of species identified as important by the Costa Rican government including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians and learn how to input this information into the database we have being building to prove the benefits of reforestation.

In addition, you may be asked to assist with endangered sea turtle, jaguar, and aquatic bird research projects. Our request for you to work on these projects will depend on the time of year, current number of participants, and the needs of our local partners. We ensure that all our work contributes to long-term sustainable conservation goals.

Taking part in a GVI program, like the rainforest exploration and biodiversity conservation volunteer program in Costa Rica, shows college admissions advisors and employers that you are committed to your personal and professional development. All GVI volunteer programs provide volunteers with a range of specific technical and transferable professional skills. In the case of this conservation volunteer program, you will earn training and work experience allowing you to explore the field of wildlife conservation as a career path. You will also learn teamwork and intercultural communication skills that can be used in any vocation you choose to pursue in the future.

We pride ourselves on the development of global citizens, those who are aware of sustainable development issues and goals as well as the importance of cross-cultural and cross-border collaboration, and connecting them to other changemakers around the world.

Due to the fact you will work in a national park, you will need special scientific permit to approve you for conducting research. Further permits are required for turtle and jaguar research. The permit for turtle research takes about one month to process, while the permit for conducting jaguar research takes about 2 to 3 months to process.

Highlights

  • Make new friends from all over the world who share your passion for conservation.
  • Call a Costa Rican National Park your adventure-filled home during your stay.
  • Explore a remarkable coastal rainforest environment.
  • Learning more about bird species, sea turtles, monkeys, reptiles, and amphibians.
  • Visit an incredibly jaguar-dense area and one of the only locations in the world where jaguars are known to prey on adult sea turtles.
  • Gaining practical experience in the field, setting you up for a career in conservation.

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Volunteering