The Osa Peninsula – called the most biologically intense place on Earth by National Geographic – lives up to its status as Costa Rica’s natural treasure. Immerse yourself in this wild place. Take in the breathtaking sights and sounds of a tropical paradise – all while helping protect this unique corner of the globe!
Be a true conservation hero by volunteering with us on one of our amazing conservation projects:
HOW LONG CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR?
Minimum two weeks. Longer stays are encouraged and discounts are offered for longer participation.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS, IF ANY, DO I REQUIRE?
Volunteers must be 18 years or older. No other experience is required!
WILL I NEED TO KNOW ANOTHER LANGUAGE?
English & Spanish preferred. Most of our staff is bilingual so it is not necessary that volunteers speak Spanish.
HOW DO I GET TO YOUR LOCATION?
Our volunteers are responsible for getting themselves to the field site in Osa. From the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, most volunteers opt to take a short flight down to Puerto Jimenez (our nearest town) on one of two available airlines. It is also possible to make the trip by bus.
WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND FACILITIES CAN I EXPECT TO BE AVAILABLE TO ME?
Volunteers staying with us at are offered comfortable shared accommodation cabins. In addition to the cabins, the research center is also equipped with a lab/workspace, reference library and dining hall. Our extensive trail network covers diverse ecosystems including primary and secondary rainforest, coastal habitats and numerous freshwater resources. Towels, sheets and meals are provided.
WHAT WILDLIFE SPECIES ARE THERE?
In the Osa Peninsula you will see nesting Olive Ridley – Lepidochelys olivacea and Black or Pacific Green Turtles – Chelonia mydas agraziissi, both of these species are globally endangered. You will also see all four species of Costa Rican monkeys; Central American Spider Monkey – Ateles geoffroyi, Mantled Howler – Alouatta palliata, White-faced Capuchin – Cebus capucinus, and Red-backed Squirrel Monkeys – Saimiri oerstedii oerstedii, Scarlet Macaws, and potentially Puma, White-lipped Peccary, Tapir, Tamandua, Spectacled Caiman, many frog species, and if you are extremely lucky, a Jaguar.
The Osa Peninsula harbor more life than perhaps anywhere else on earth. Here you can find the largest intact mangrove ecosystem in Pacific Mesoamerica, the most significant remaining areas of lowland Pacific tropical rainforest, and one of only four tropical fjords on the planet, the Golfo Dulce. These ecosystems provide invaluable services to the people who depend on them for clean air, drinking water, food, jobs, cultural resources and a stable climate. As a non-profit organization, Osa Conservation works to protect these globally significant resources for ours and future generations. Our staff of biologists, forestry professionals, natural resource managers, and conservationists are passionately dedicated to protecting this spectacular place and we are very grateful for the support of adventurous and committed volunteers who help us to monitor and protect the incredible flora and fauna of the Osa Peninsula.
HOW TO APPLY
When you are ready to apply, follow this link to the application page!
INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER OPTIONS
International volunteers welcome
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GoodWork ID: 39682 Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Apr 12 2017