Explore the majestic rainforests of Costa Rica while giving back to ecological conservation initiatives in the area!
The placement is based on a research station in Jalova in the heart of the Tortuguero National Park, and aims to provide invaluable data research that will ensure the continued environmental and wildlife conservation efforts of the Costa Rican government. The expedition immerses volunteers in the unique biodiversity of the rainforest, focusing on numerous research and data collection tasks to provide a hands-on and educational experience.
The focus of the project varies between the affect of jaguars on the turtle population, census of jaguars and their prey, resident and migratory bird research, and marine turtle nesting surveys (subject to season).
Volunteers will spend the first week in intensive training, with testing on the material at the end. Volunteers are allocated a staff mentor and work with the research team to gather data on the populations of sea turtles, jaguars, and aquatic birds while gaining an invaluable insight into the delicate eco-system of the Costa Rican rainforest. Partake in daily fieldwork expeditions while receiving professional training and testing in data collection, research, and conservation initiatives.
The projects will specifically focus on the following:
- Canal birds: research is done on canoes looking at specific species distribution
- Turtles (seasonal): census of the Leatherbacks, Hawksbill and Green, night-walk identification as well as daytime nest excavations
- Jaguars: set camera traps and identify prey, specifically turtle
- BASS (Biodiversity Assessment Survey): identify species found in the surrounding rainforest, birds, reptiles, monkeys etc.
- Accommodations and food are provided throughout your participation
- Work alongside professionals in the field to contribute to their interesting research initiatives
- Get first-hand experience with ecological research practices
- Meet locals and like-minded volunteers from around the world on this adventure of a lifetime!
- Minimum age 18 years
- High level of physical fitness
- Ability to work well in a team
- Interest in wildlife conservation
For more information and to apply visit our Costa Rica: Rainforest Expedition page.