Country: Costa Rica,
Type: Agriculture / Forestry, Environment & Wildlife Conservation, Teaching & Education,
Organisation: WorkingAbroad Projects
An opportunity for volunteers to live and work in a biological research and education centre on the Pacific Costa Rican beach reserve of Playa Tortuga. Projects involve: olive ridley sea turtle research and monitoring, mammal research projects, caiman research, flora and fauna inventories, working in the butterfly garden education project and environmental education in the local community. Internships and research opportunities also available for students all year round.
Volunteers will work alongside a non-profit biological research and education centre, and all food, lodging, training and research will take place within the reserve. Projects run all year round, except for the sea turtle programme, which runs from July to January only. Playa Tortuga is located just 3.5 hours from San Jose, in Ojochal de Osa on the Southern Pacific Coast Of Costa Rica. The Reserva offers an ideal environment for reseachers, interns and volunteers. It is located in the tropical rainforest and just outside of Marino Ballena National Park.
Volunteers will take part in the projects below:
• Sea Turtle Conservation Programme
• Mammal Inventory Project
• Environmental Education Project
• Caiman & Crocodile Research Project
• Butterfly Garden Project
Volunteers can join for 1 week up to 12 weeks. All volunteers should be at least 18 yrs old age. English is required and Spanish is very helpful, even if basic, but a small amount of Spanish would go a long way. A strong interest in conservation is required, as is good team work spirit and flexilibity. You should also be in good health and fit - you need to be able to work 2-3 nights per week (during turtle season) (rest the next day) and walk several kilometres on soft sand.
The cost for food (3 meals a day), lodging in private room in research centre, 24/7 internet access, materials & training start from £385.
The Coombe, Spring Barn Farm
Lewes BN7 3ND
Telephone 1: +44 1273 479 047
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