Wildlife conservation, community and environmental volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Rescued scarlet macaw
Rescued scarlet macaw

Wildlife Rescue Macaw Conservation Volunteering, Costa Rica

Scarlet macaws (Ara macao) once flew over 85% of Costa Rica, however due to the pet trade and habitat loss their population now only covers 15%. Our reintroduction programme is an extension of an organisation that has been dedicated to the return of the scarlet macaw to their natural habitat for almost 2 decades. We are looking for a 12-week volunteer to be the main caretaker for our scarlet macaws including breeding birds, juveniles, and pre-release individuals. Volunteers will work 6 days a week for 6-8 hours a day.

January 3rd 2020

Volunteer feeding a baby howler monkey in Costa Rica
Volunteer feeding a baby howler monkey in Costa Rica

Wildlife Rescue Volunteer Project, Costa Rica

This Wildlife Rescue centre rescues injured and abandoned animals with the aim of returning them to the wild as soon as they are fit and able. There are opportunities for volunteers to work with animals and help improve the rescue centre, whilst also having the opportunity to learn Spanish, and take yoga and surf lessons. Located in the stunning Nicoya province on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in a paradisical location surrounded by a large tropical garden overlooking the sea.

January 3rd 2020

Swallowtail butterfly Costa Rica
Swallowtail butterfly Costa Rica

Playa Tortuga Butterfly Garden Volunteering Project, Costa Rica

The objectives of the Butterfly Garden project is the investigation of native species of butterflies (Siproeta stelenes, Caligo memnon, Heraclides thoas, Dryas iulia) in the reserve and all aspects of their reproductive cycle and plant foods. Environmental education workshops will also take place, whereby members of the local community will visit the garden and volunteers will help to conduct educational tours and classes. Volunteers can also help to develop workshops for local schools.

December 18th 2019

Environmental education in Costa Rica
Environmental education in Costa Rica

Playa Tortuga Environmental Education Volunteering Project, Costa Rica

You will have the opportunity to be part of the workshops, prepare materials, make crafts, conduct and work with children of the schools during the workshops, and participate in the maintenance of our Butterfly garden, data collection, care of pupae, feed and release butterflies, as well as the opportunity to help us care for the plants. If you have at least basic Spanish for this programme, that would be very helpful.

December 18th 2019

Caiman close up
Caiman close up

Playa Tortuga Crocodilian Monitoring Volunteer Programme, Costa Rica

Work on the Playa Tortuga reserve, Costa Rica, where the main objective of this study is to collect real information about the Crocodilians at the Reserve area: their distribution, relationship with the environment and the human impact on the ecosystem. Do an initial profile of the population, in order to help the conservation and management of this species adding new information about its condition in the South Pacific of Costa Rica.

December 18th 2019

White faced capuchin monkey in Costa Rica
White faced capuchin monkey in Costa Rica

Playa Tortuga Mammal Inventory Monitoring Project, Costa Rica

Conservation volunteers work within a non-profit biological research and education centre, using camera traps to monitor the diverse array of mammal species in Playa Tortuga. Within the Reserve, there are more than 11 species of mammals – the most common being raccoons, coatis, kinkajous, weasels, River Otters, Tayra and Monkeys. Capuchin Monkeys are easy to find into the Reserve forest, others such as Anteaters, Oposums, and Sloths are also common in the area but hard to observe. There is also evidence of an Ocelot (detected by trail cameras) in the Balso River.

December 18th 2019

Baby turtle on beach in Costa Rica
Baby turtle on beach in Costa Rica

Playa Tortuga Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Programme, Costa Rica

Conservation volunteers work within a non-profit biological research and education centre, helping to protect a number of different sea turtle species on the Playa Tortuga reserve. There are 4 potential species of sea turtles which can be seen nesting at different times of the year; Olive Ridley/ ‘Lora’ (Lepidochelys olivacea), Green (Chelonia mydas), Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) and Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata). They are all in danger of extinction.

December 18th 2019

Volunteer collecting bananas in cloud forest Ecuador
Volunteer collecting bananas in cloud forest Ecuador

Cloud Forest Travelling, Volunteering and Learning Programme, Ecuador

This is a Summer programme which is ideal for groups of volunteers who do not have much time to travel (one or two weeks) but still want to do something worthwhile. This project is only available for group bookings (minimum of 5 participants). The aim of this programme is to help to conserve a part of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest by participating in tree planting, trail work, research activities, sustainable living and food production as well as community projects.

December 11th 2019