Volunteer Abroad in Guanacaste Conservation Area, Costa Rica

You are the one who can assure these children to have the chance to grow up safe and healthy.

The Guanacaste Conservation Area is an administrative area that is protected for purposes of conservation in the northwestern part of Costa Rica. It contains three National Parks, as well as wildlife refuges and other nature reserves. It contains the Area de Conservación Guanacaste World Heritage Site, which comprises the Guanacaste National Park, the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, the Santa Rosa National Park and the Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge.
The area has a uniquely balanced ecosystem embracing many flora and fauna species in danger of extinction. It is very important that volunteers like you get involved to take care of them and to make sure that we continue having those species in the future.

Join this project and make the difference!


This project works with national and international volunteers to preserve this area of Costa Rica and there are many areas in which you can get involved with. First, there’s the Control and Protection Unit works with the rangers against wildlife trade, poaching and deforestation. This area holds many species of rare trees and orchids as well as animals in danger of extinction. Whether for natural reasons or human irresponsibility they are disappearing. Your work will be to help the ranger and other senior volunteers to prevent this.
The second area you can get involved with is the Research and Projection Unit that makes scientific research, bird watch, ecological evaluations and support research programs. Investigation and analysis are the most important inputs on making decisions that will help rather than destroy the ecosystem. Getting to know where you’re at is the starting point of any serious conservation plan. You’ll help the scientists and learn a lot about natural science.


Usual Volunteer Tasks

  •  Over 18 years old
  •  Hard working skills
  •  Ecologically sensitive
  •  Willing to learn about new cultures
  •  Enthusiastic and creative
  • Maintenance and construction of the trails
  •  General infrastructure maintenance
  •  Protection and cleaning of the beaches
  •  Work against wildlife trade, poaching and deforestation
  •  Preserve the productivity of the biological communities that inhabit the coastal zone
  •  Collaborate on environmental education programs for tourists and for inhabitants of the surrounding communities
  •  Touristic attention and customer service
  •  Control Walkings
  •  Forest protection

The tasks described above may vary according the season and the numbers of volunteers. You are welcome to help anytime you consider is needed.
Six days per week. Flexibility depends on work schedule and arrangements made by volunteers.

Project Hightlights

  • Assist the conservation area staff and other volunteers whether protecting the flora and fauna from natural and human threats, investigating and researching or putting out fires and raising awareness to society
  • Work against environmental disasters and ecological illegal actions.
  • Explore this amazing Costa Rican region as you learn about it and help to keep it safe.
  • Make lots of friends and learn from professionals and locals about Guanacaste ecosystem.

Daily Routine

Generally, volunteers are on duty from 8 am to 4 pm. Keep in mind that the schedule may change depending on the work load and the needs of the project.
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