National Park Volunteer
Would you like to work on as a park ranger on the most incredible conservation site of Costa Rica? Do you have a passion for nature? Then you should volunteer on our ‘National Park Volunteer’ project!
San Pedrillo Ranger Station (Corcovado)
Isla de Cano Ranger Station
The National Park System
Kitchen at San Pedrillo
- Age requirement: 18+ years
- Working Schedule: 6-7 days a week for 6-8 hours a day
- Language requirement: Basic to intermediate level of Spanish is needed because the park rangers you’re working with speak almost no English at all.
- Costs: A one week experience starts from $499, for each additional week add on another $179 per week
- Duration Project: Minimum of 15 days in each location
- Accommodation: Ranger station on one of the sites in dormitory room with other rangers
- Food: Three meals per day, but you need to help with cooking
- Location: Caño Island or Corcovado National Park (various locations)
- We provide: 24/7 emergency telephone support
- Optional: A letter of recommendation and certificate at the end of your volunteer time
As a volunteer on this project will help the rangers at Ranger Stations around Corcovado National Park and Caño Island (a protected marine area and PRIME dive and snorkel spot in Costa Rica). The rangers need your help because there is not enough staff to cover all shifts and for safety reasons it’s best to have always 2-3 people on the site. Often staff or rangers are alone on the island / ranger station which can potentially be very dangerous if something happens. There is not enough resources form the Ministry of Environment (MINAET) to cover extra rangers.
Green Life Volunteers wants to contribute to the beautiful nature of these sites by helping with the daily tasks of the rangers. During your stay you can also improve your Spanish because the rangers speak and understand little to no English. They really want to learn English though, so you can teach each other your languages during your volunteer time.
Keep in mind that there is no internet or phone connection at either of the two projects! Be aware you are in a very remote location and cut off from society.
Volunteer’s responsibilities include:
- Beach clean-ups Patrol on the beach and station
- Volunteer has to help with maintenance work, for example, painting, housekeeping
- Help with tourists arriving at the station (sign up process)
- Help with constructing building
- Help with cooking meals, cleaning, daily tasks at the station
- Teaching English to Ranger Station staff (they usually speak very little English)
An ideal volunteer on this project has a passion for nature and also really wants to work with nature and conservation. Furthermore, the volunteer has to enjoy physical labor and being outside.
Volunteers need to be flexible and proactive who do not mind to get their hands dirty and put their own ideas into practice. The volunteer needs to be motivated to help the rangers with their daily duties.
You do not need a degree for this project. You can volunteer on this project if you are 18+ years old.
The locations for the National Park Volunteer project are San Pedrillo Ranger Station in Corcovado National Park and Isla de Cano.
We can also set up a volunteer stay at La Sirena Ranger Station in Corcovado. Corcovado National park boasts 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity, and is an extremely untouched and pristine jungle. It’s an extraordinary experience to be living in the park as a ranger – since normally no one is allowed to reside in the park.
Isla de Cano is also absolutely protected and the only structure on the island is the Ranger Station. The island is a marine park, and many tourists go snorkeling and diving there everyday. Marine species that can be seen are white-tipped reef sharks, manta rays, whale sharks, turtles, sting-rays, and all sorts of tropical fish. It’s absolutely paradise !
The costs for this project are:
- First week’s fee: $ 499
- Every Additional Week: $ 179 (It does not matter many weeks you choose, this fee stays the same)
Not included in our costs:
- National and International flights
- Travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Additional travel
- Any additional food or snacks besides the host family meals
- First night in San Joe in a hostel
- Transport to and from the project from San Jose
- Last night in San Jose in a hostel
- Taxis and airport shuttles
- Other personal expenses
This is the GLV Handbook for the National Park Project. This will give you DETAILED info on everything you would need and want to know regarding the project. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!
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