Volunteering

Work at the Hostel

We offer the opportunity for volunteers to stay at the hostel for free in exchange for 6 days work per week. Three meals a day are included and the work involves welcoming guests, light cleaning duties, coordinating transport, food and tours and generally making sure all our guests have a great time and get where they need to be! Places are limited, so priority will be given to volunteers with previous hospitality experience. A relaxed personality, a good sense of humor and common sense are a must- Spanish and /or English is definitely preferred. Contact us for more information

 

Sea Turtle Conservation

To find out more about the program, visit www.corcovadofoundation.org. Keep up to date with the daily progress at: www.facebook.com/playadraketortugas. To reserve your volunteer placement, please email aida@corcovadofoundation.org, or simply inquire at the hostel.

Placements available: From 1 July – 31 December.
Location: Rio Oro, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Duties: You will take part in various conservation activities as a member of the team of investigators at the program. Activities include night patrols, relocation of nests, recording scientific data, tagging of turtles, construction activities, nest exhumations, liberation of hatchlings, and taking part in environmental education and responsible tourism activities.
Accommodation: Shared dorm “glamping” tents, includes three meals per day.
Cost: $35 per night, or $30 per night for volunteers staying 28 nights or more.
Transportation: We recommend that you take the 8am bus to Puerto Jimenez to reach the program from San José, or fly from San José to Puerto Jimenez with Nature Air using a ‘Pura Vida pass’ if space is available on the flights.
Minimum stay: 2 weeks.
Languages: English or Spanish.
Requirements: We are looking for volunteers aged 18 or over, in good physical condition, with a basic knowledge of Spanish or English. You need to be friendly, communicative and able to work in extreme weather conditions for 4-6 hours per day. You must have your own travel medical insurance policy for the duration of your stay at the program.

 

Environmental Education

To find out more about the program, visit www.corcovadofoundation.org. To reserve your volunteer placement, please email asistente@corcovadofoundation.org, or simply inquire at the hostel.

Placements available: From 15 January – 15 December.
Location: Agujitas, El Progreso, Los Ángeles, Los Planes and Caletas.
Duties: Support the environmental education program in primary schools, high schools and different community groups, especially in the issues of solid waste management and conservation of natural resources; help maintain trails, bridges and other community structures; educate tourists in ecologically-friendly practices; beach clean ups, tree planting, among others.
Accommodation: Private rooms in homestay houses, include three meals per day.
Cost: $30 per night, or $25 per night for volunteers staying 28 nights or more.
Transportation: We recommend that you use the boat option to reach the program from San José, or fly from San José to Drake Bay with Nature Air using a ‘Pura Vida pass’ if space is available on the flights.
Languages: A good level of Spanish is required.
Requirements: We are looking for volunteers aged 18 or over, with a good knowledge of Spanish. You need to be friendly, communicative and able to work for 4-6 hours per day. You must have your own travel medical insurance policy for the duration of your stay at the program.

 

Rural Tourism Projects

To find out more about the program, visit www.corcovadofoundation.org. To reserve your volunteer placement, please email francisco@corcovadofoundation.org, or simply inquire at the hostel.

Placements available: From 15th January – 15th December.
Location: Various locations in the Osa Peninsula
Duties: Support the rural tours as an important aid in preserving forest in the Osa Conservation Area. Focused on improving client service and English as important elements in tourism. Also active participation in related community projects as tree planting, handicrafts, recycling, beach and river clean ups, Facebook & blog contributions to promote the tours and the community.
Accommodation: Private rooms in homestay houses, including 2 meals per day.
Cost: $512 for a 2 week stay including a Corcovado or Marina Ballena tour.
Transportation: Volunteers can take the bus from San Jose to reach the program, or fly from San José with Nature Air using a ‘Pura Vida pass’ if space is available on the flights.
Languages: Basic Spanish is required.
Requirements: We are looking for volunteers aged 18 or over. You need to be friendly, enthusiastic, communicative and able to work for 4-6 hours per day. You must have your own travel medical insurance policy for the duration of your stay at the program.

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