VOLUNTEER PROGRAM COSTA RICA
Visit the tropical paradise of the mountain rainforest of the Costa Rica wilderness and help us protect it as a volunteer.
The Green Life volunteer program in Costa Rica deals with the protection of rainforest and endangered species of animals in the form of monitoring using camera trails and direct field patrol activities. You will have great knowledge, adventure, but also relaxation and a lot of information. We also cooperate with national parks and surrounding reserves.
Experience the mountainous, foggy, rainforest firsthand.
PROGRAM COST: £650.00
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
- expeditions to the rainforest
- Trip to thermal & mineral baths
- international transport (FLIGHTS)
- Local transport (from the airport to the reserve)
Available Dates 2022
12.2. – 4.3. 2022 (max 12/Full)
12.3. – 1.4. 2022 (max 12/Full)
2.7.- 22.7.2022 (max 12/ booked 0)
30.7.-19.8.2022 (max 12/ booked 0)
27.8.-16.9.2022 (max 12/ booked 0)
Available Dates 2023
17.12.-6.1. 2023 (max 12/ booked 0)
14.1.-3.2. 2023 (max 12/ booked 0)
11.2.-3.3. 2023 (max 12/ booked 0)
11.3.-31.3. 2023 (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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The volunteer program is mainly audiovisual monitoring using trail cameras, which takes place in the Green Life Reserve and in the reservations of La Marta and El Copal. Since December 2021, we are also launching monitoring in Tapanti national park. Another activity is field patrols to protect the fauna and flora of our reserve, or to maintain and create sightseeing trails. The program also includes volunteering, kitchen duty and other necessary daily activities. There are days off of course. The program is enriched by a visit to the thermal baths in Orosi, where we relax after a demanding forest stay.
RESERVATION AND BASE
LOOOKING BACK AT THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS
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.
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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.