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WILDLIFE EXPEDITION IN COSTA RICA

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Strengths

  • Work in protected national parks and the most beautiful natural reserves in Costa Rica
  • Learn skills: video recording, data collection and analysis
  • team management courses approved by the internationally recognized Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)

Program description

This expedition is the essence of remote adventure. Live in the heart of the jungle surrounded by the natural beauty of Tortuguero’s rainforest-lined Caribbean beaches.

Hike the jungle trails conducting biodiversity surveys, walk along the beach looking for evidence of sea turtles during turtle nesting season, check camera traps for footage of jaguars, and explore the rainforest canals noting important aquatic bird species.

Not only does this program offer you the opportunity to get involved in ongoing conservation efforts, but you will also be provided with the training and experience to grow professionally by mastering both transferable and technical skills. These include teamwork, intercultural communication, and best practices for recording biodiversity data.

Due to the fact you will work in a national park, you will need a 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.

 

Volunteer assignments 

Part of our project is to assist authorities and researchers in observing unique jaguar behavior on Tortuguero Beach. During turtle nesting season, the area is one of the only areas in the world where jaguars are known to prey on nesting adult sea turtles. While jaguar research will be the main part of your program, you will also have the opportunity to participate in sea turtle and seabird research, as well as survey the biodiversity of the forest, including mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. Through this training and hands-on experience, you will be able to learn technical skills that could help you pursue a future career in conservation, or soft skills such as cross-cultural team communication that will help you in any other career path you may choose.

We constantly adapt our volunteer projects to meet the needs in the field. The program description is intended to give an idea of the mission, but volunteers should expect to make adjustments on the spot. Missions respond to issues that may change over time; we must constantly evolve to adapt to our environment, not the other way around. 

Because you will be working in a national park, you will need a special scientific permit to allow you to conduct research. Other permits are required for turtle and jaguar research. 

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Where is your project

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Included in the price

  • Airport reception, orientation session and transfer to projects
  • First aid/GPS/ leadership/data collection courses
  • accommodation in shared room
  • Meals
  • Supervision by qualified personnel
  • 24 hour- emergency line

Not included in the price

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visa

Your accommodation

Activities

Additional information

MEALS

Many of our ingredients are brought in from Tortuguero town, but are supplemented by fruit and vegetables grown in our own organic garden. Breakfast consist of fruits, porridge, and pancakes on Saturdays, and lunches and dinners features a variety of vegetarian cuisine from pastas to stir frys.

COMMUNICATION

Our research base is far from civilisation, which means that phone signal is limited. You might have the opportunity to visit the Tortuguero town two or three times during your visit, where you can make use of several internet cafes, as the WIFI on base is used strictly for research purposes by staff.

TRANSPORTATION

For project work you will only need your feet, a good pair of rubber boots, some thick socks, and dark-coloured, long-sleeve, lightweight  -clothing. Boats are available for canal bird surveys. Long weekend trips away from base will generally happen once a month from the park, so be sure to make your plans with this in mind.

Conditions

We constantly adapt our volunteer projects to meet the needs on the ground. The program description is intended to give an idea of the mission, however, volunteers should expect to make adjustments on the spot. Missions respond to issues that can change over time, we must constantly evolve to adapt to our environment, not the other way around. 

 

Payment
A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 

Cancellation

A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.

Other

Founded in 1998, our partner organistion run award winning programs in 21 locations, in 13 countries around the world, each manned by their own staff and aligned to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or UN SDGs as well as the objectives of local partners. 

 

As an organisation, their aim is to constantly develop an understanding of ethical best practice. In so doing, they aim to provide an exemplary industry standard for other education institutions, international development organisations, and social enterprises. Their Badge of Ethics stands for the drive to always do good, better.

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WILDLIFE EXPEDITION IN COSTA RICA
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