VOLUNTEER PROGRAM COSTA RICA
From summer 2021, we are opening a unique volunteer forest programs in Costa Rica in the mountain rainforest of central Costa Rica on the border with Tapanti national park.
Volunteers will have to wait until at least autumn 2021 to officially open volunteer programs. The aim of the 0th volunteer forest programs will be direct assistance in the construction of volunteering facilities, the construction of a forest center, the creation of educational trails and the launch of a monitoring program using trail cameras. This program will last 21 days, we will sleep in tents.. The kitchen and common room are open.
Blue Life’s Ocean program and its Ocean School program are in the process, and over the next few months, we’re working with the For the Ocean Foundation to find a suitable ship.
We do not yet offer the ocean part of volunteering programs this year.
Experience the mountainous, foggy, rainforest firsthand.
PROGRAM COST: £550.00
WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE PROGRAM?
Our organization does not receive any subsidies and grants.
For this reason, you have to pay for the program.
- meals throughout the program
- accommodation in tents
- expeditions to the forest
- international transport (FLIGHTS)
- Local transport (from the airport to the reserve)
Available Dates 2021/22
18.12. – 7.1. 2021 (max 12/booked 3)
15.1. – 4.2. 2022 (max 12/booked 2)
12.2. – 4.3. 2022 (max 12/booked 0)
Please click on the application form to sign up for our volunteer program.
If you have already summited an application form you can use PayPal below to pay the deposit or the full program. Alternatively you can make a payment to our bank:
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1st day pick-up at the airport or San José, transfer to a forest base
2nd day familiarization with the project and its rules
3rd day start of monitoring Eye of the Jaguar – placement of trail cameras
4th day work activity
5th day work activity
6th day patrol and monitoring activities
7th day day off
8th day work activity
9th day work activity
10th day patrol and monitoring activities
11th day work activity
12th day work activity
13th day day off
14th day work activity
15th day work activity
16th day patrol and monitoring activities
17th day work activity
18th day work activity
19th day monitoring Eye of the Jaguar – collection of data from trail camerasí
20th day free day, evaluation of activity and monitoring processing, farewell evening
21st day morning cleaning, departure after lunch
The program is not fixed, it can change based on needs, situation and weather. The main activity of the zero volunteer program is assistance and help in the construction of a future volunteer center, preparation of educational and guard trails, monitoring of the Eye of the Jaguar with the help of trail cameras and, of course, patrol and monitoring activities in the reserve and its borders.
During the days off, it is possible to go for a bath in the beautiful crystal clear Pojibaya River or tapanti national park, with which we will try to start cooperation on the monitoring program Eye of the Jaguar. This monitoring should also take place in other private reservations El Copal and La Marta. We guarantee you will enjoy the rainforest, understand it and protect it..
Volunteers who have already passed a proper volunteering program or participated as super volunteers in Sumatra can apply for a position of so-called “Super Volunteer”. to oversee organizing and running volunteer programs. For this position, weekly training is required in our presence on the reservation.
The super volunteer has free housing and meals on the reservation, must have a B driving license, the ability to drive a 4×4 vehicle even in difficult terrain, broken forest roads, organizational and orientation skills, spoken English and basics of Spanish.
Super volunteering is at least 2 for months.
Contact us on email firstname.lastname@example.org
GOOD TO KNOW:
Despite the fact that Costa Rica is a small country, it has an incredible wealth of natural wealth, not only on land, but also at sea. Rainforest, volcanoes, misty mountain forest, mountains with the highest mountain Cerro Chirripó at an altitude of 3820 m above sea level. mangrove forests, coastal ecosystems and, of course, breathtaking underwater life. You can meet various species of birds from hummingbirds, toucans, icterid, but you can also meet tapirs, sloths, anteater, aguts, peccary pigs, 4 species of monkeys and, of course, the king of the country, the jaguar and not only him.
Aware of its natural wealth, Costa Rica has bet on conservation through environmental education, abolishment of the army, and the creation of a peaceful community. The ubiquitous slogan PURA VIDA (simply life/clean life) is just proof of this.
In general, the captivity of animals is not only degrading for the animal itself, but also, above all, it is not degrading to the person. Freedom and nature should be given not only to humans, but to animals above all. Therefore, a few years ago, laws were created that not only prohibit the keeping of animals in captivity but it is also a criminal offence. You will not find circuses or even zoos with exceptions that have been transformed into rescue stations. In some cases, this is a debatable device, but these are exceptional cases that arose before the laws themselves.
Despite a number of conservation laws, local people’s mentality, and education, Costa Rica is not the perfect country that doesn’t seem to need help with conservation, because it handles it perfectly. Here, too, there is widespread poaching, illegal mining or illegal trade in exotic/wild animal species, for which there is still enormous demand in the world. Even Costa Rica does not shy away from the illegal trade in animals.
So why help protect Costa Rica’s natural wealth? It is a world unique place, with approximately 4% of the world’s biodiversity on land in relatively tiny territory, and as far as the ocean is concerned, there is another phenomenon in the form of an underwater mountain system between the Coconut Islands, the Peninsula Axis and the Thermal Dome hotspot. Here, such a rich life is assumed, which corresponds to approximately 5% of the ocean biodiversity of the Earth. However, the ocean is a major question mark in Costa Rica’s nature conservation, which needs the most attention, interest, assistance and cooperation at international level. Thus, Costa Rica is a model for the whole world, it is a biological laboratory that must be maintained and supported by an example of world conservation. It is precisely the existence of such a model that is extremely important for the world’s protection of biodiversity and can be applied to other countries across the continent.
HOW TO GET TO COSTA RICA AND THEN TO US?
Those of you who have experience with flights and do not want to wait for other potential volunteers can arrange your ticket without waiting by yourself. Those of you who do not know how or do need help can be contacted by us with other volunteers and help you synchronize your departure to Costa Rica.
A volunteer flight overview will be created where you will be asked to add your contact and flight information to help us organize the transport with other volunteers.
Book a ticket to your final destination in Costa Rica, to the capital San José – Juan Santamaría International Airport.- Juan Santamaría International Airport.
You can reach the Green Life reserve by yourself via local transport, Uber, taxi, stop, on foot, etc as you see fit) or we can arrange a transport by an appointment. The price for a car/minibus depends on the number of volunteers. We always try to find the cheapest but most reasonable mode of transport. The place to get to after arriving in San José is the town of Pejibaye, or even closer to Tausito, which is closer to the reservation. Here we will pick up those who will go on their own.
CATERINGMeals will be prepared in a wooden house with a fully equipped kitchen corresponding to the forest kitchen on the gas cooker. The diet is predominantly vegan (exceptionally vegetarian). Volunteers engage in services that they agree the day before (cooking, washing dishes, etc.). We recommend your own supply of minerals and vitamins if you feel the need to replenish artificially. Energy bars may come in handy. Expect grains, legumes, cereals, vegetables and, of course, fruit.
ACCOMODATIONYou will be accommodated in tents that will be located near the main building. Toilets are European style with flushing, shower is available just expect cold water. Time to stiff up:).
Costa Rica ranks among safe countries, but caution is always in order. As part of your stay on the volunteer program, you must follow the security rules for movement in the reservation, which you will learn as part of the initial training.
Each participant takes care of the insurance himself and it is the duty to have it. Before departure, check the obligations to enter Costa Rica, which may change continuously due to Covid’s arrangements.
Costa Rica allows UK tourists a 3-month visa-free stay, so there is no need to deal with this. If you are coming from a different country please check the requirement on the embassy page.
WHAT TO BRING
Due to the altitude of 1100 m above sea level, expect cooler temperatures in the evening and overnight, which may fall to about 16 °C. Therefore, we recommend warmer clothes and a warmer sleeping bag for the evening. During the day, if the sun shines, the temperature is over 23-30 °C.
Clothes for the field must be matched to natural darker colors (khaki, brown, green, black, etc.).
- sturdy shoes, trousers, shorts, sweatshirt, waterproof jacket or raincoat, small backpack for the field, scarf or headgear (depending on time of the year), swimsuit, towel, work clothes, work gloves,
- pocket knife, headlight, water bottle, slipers, clothing for the camp,
- karimatku, spacák, oblečení na spaní, spodní prádlo, ponožky,
- hygiena, vitamíny (hořčík, vit. C, Dologram, atd), základní lékárničku,
- fotoaparát, dalekohled
Standard wellies will be available to borrow, which we recommend during the rainy season. In case of “problematic sizes”, we recommend bringing the wellies with you.
We recommend choosing such clothes that if damaged or ruined, you will not be unhappy. Count on the sun, humidity, and rain with walks via unmaintained paths which we are yet to create.
YOU DO NOT NEED : tent, dishes,