• Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
  • Location: Project Site
  • Minimum Duration: 2
  • Language Requirement: English
  • Airport Pick-up:
  • Suitable for Groups: Yes
  • Travel Insurance: No, but mandatory
  • Local Language Class: 1 Week Included
  • Region: Alajuela
  • Project Site: Reserve
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Accommodation: Volunteer Dorms
  • Meals Included: 3 meals
  • Suitable for Families: Yes
  • Start Dates:
  • Closed Dates: See program guide


Costa Rica is thought to be the most biodiverse country in the world; despite its tiny size, Costa Rica is home to five per cent of the Earth’s biodiversity. As an environmental conservation volunteer, you’ll help conserve and protect precious wildlife and ecosystems at a nature reserve in San Ramon. Formerly a forested area, the reserve's trees were cut down for cattle grazing. As part of a reforestation project, the reserve is being repopulated with trees, providing natural habitats for the area's biodiversity and conserving local groundwater.

 The reserve is home to a vast array of animals, insects and plantlife, and is also vital for the conservation of water levels in San Ramon and neighboring Palmares. Volunteers tend the reserve, greenhouse and butterfly garden, lead visitor tours and increase awareness of environmental conservation and the importance of the reserve to the local area. Find out more about environmental conservation volunteering in Costa Rica by downloading the uVolunteer program brochure

Your Role

As an environmental conservation volunteer, you’ll assist with the maintenance of a community-owned nature reserve in San Ramon, which is vital to the area’s water conservation efforts and for the survival of local biodiversity. Assist with general upkeep of the reserve and butterfly garden and raise awareness of important environmental issues.

Work Schedule

Environmental Conservation Program volunteers work four days per week, from Monday to Thursday. On these days, working hours are from 8am until 3pm, although this is subject to change – especially in the rainy season.

Journey to Project

You will have to take a 30 minute bus ride to the project site.

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