Volunteering in Environment Conservation in Costa Rica

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 will 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.

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The reserve is home to a vast array of animals, insects and plant life, 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

Quick facts

  • Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
  • Location: San Ramon
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Language Requirement: Basic Spanish
  • Airport Pick-up: Yes, for $75
  • Travel Insurance Not included
  • Suitable for Groups: Yes
  • Region: Alajuela
  • Project Site: Nature Reserve
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Accommodation: Dorm Home
  • Meals: 2 Meals Daily
  • Start Dates: Every Other Friday
  • Suitable for Families: Yes

Your role as a volunteer

Your role as a volunteer is to work on assignments that foster continual development of the reforestation reserve. As a volunteer you will work in the recovery of the butterfly farm, help with maintenance and reforestation (plant trees, work at the greenhouse, among others duties. The reserve staff is not always there because in these days they are trying to get donations for the foundation but will assist you at the beginning of your program, but once you are fully trained you will be working on your own or with other volunteers.

Tasks may include:

  • Clearing land for reforestation
  • Working in the butterfly garden
  • Categorizing pants and animal s observed
  • Working on land stewardship projects

Work schedule

Conservation volunteers work four days per week, from Monday to Thursday. Working hours usually work from 8 am until 2 pm, although this is subject to change – especially during the rainy season.

Journey to work

The environment conservation project is located in the town of San Ramon. You will have to take a short bus ride no longer than 30 minutes to the project site.

Closed dates

This project is closed during the fourth week of December and the first week of January, as well as for a week preceding Easter Sunday.

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Project Reviews & Testimonials

I had never been outside of the United States before and was nervous about being in a foreign country alone.

As a volunteer there was the independence of being on my own but there was still the comfort of knowing I had the coordinators there to help me adjust. During my research for a volunteer program I came across many organizations but I was drawn to uVolunteer. Rather than a home-stay it provided a dorm for all the volunteers to live in together and their office was down the street so if anything happened they could easily get to you.

Volunteering with uVolunteer was an amazing experience that allowed me to experience different areas of the country in a more intimate way.

I would fully recommend volunteering abroad to Costa Rica with uVolunteer if you are passionate about having new experiences, immersing yourself in another culture, and helping the environment and others.

During the environmental conservation project in San Ramon we received Friday, Saturday and Sunday off.

On our weekends all the volunteers planned fun trips around Costa Rica. Every week we had a group meeting where Ligia helped us plan and recommended the best accommodations and places to visit. It was very easy and very worthwhile to travel in our free time, I highly recommend doing so.

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If you are interested in joining the program in Costa Rica, you should download and read our destination guide.

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