Volunteer Abroad in Manuel Antonio National Park, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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

Manuel Antonio epitomizes everything tourists flock to Costa Rica to see: stunning beaches, a magnificent setting with islands offshore (bird sanctuaries for marine species), lush rainforest laced with a network of welcoming trails, wildlife galore, etc. Also close-up encounters with monkeys, sloths, coatimundis, and scarlet macaws are guaranteed. The area is home to more than 350 bird species, 110 species of mammals, 346 plant species, and a variety of marine animals. No wonder why more that 150,000 tourists visit it every year!
Though tourism is very important for Costa Rican economy, it is also important to keep these areas apt for animal and plants reproduction. Tourist activity and infrastructure is getting in the way of the conservation of this fantastic place.
The park suffers environmental problems which are the result of insufficient planning of tourist development in the surrounding area. Other problems are also caused by the massive numbers of tourists. These include the resulting contamination of the ocean near the park, the production of large amounts of garbage, and the feeding of wildlife by park visitors. The area is also subjected to pressure from agriculture and dairy farming. For that reason, the organization behind this project works with Costa Rican and international volunteers in the conservation of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Join this project and make the difference!

 

If you are hard worker, ecologically sensitive, willing to learn about new cultures and have lots of energy and enthusiasm this is a great project for you. You’ll be assisted by a volunteer coordinator that will assign jobs to you’ll be welcome to help anytime you consider is needed. Your creativity is going to be highly appreciated.
You’ll be assigned maintenance jobs, education and training programs and control activities. Among the maintenance jobs you’ll have to take care of the general infrastructure preservation. You’ll be constructing bridges and rails on the trails, reconstructing the trails, cleaning and protecting the beaches and maintaining the parks buildings.
You’ll also take part in environmental education programs for tourists and for inhabitants of the surrounding communities. You’ll also perform customer service and tourists attention on the park, educating the public to take care of it. As well, you’ll take control walks and keep an eye on all activities to make sure no one is putting the park in danger. This demanding project is also very rewarding. You’ll feel like a local taking care of one of the most loved areas of the country. Sign up now!

Accommodation

Families & Homestays

Our families know, due to their experience, what it means to be a real host. They have received many students from different nationalities, occupations and ages. We will take into consideration your likes and preferences. Living with a local family is the best way to learn their customs, likes, and style while you learn a new language.

Residences & Hostels

If you want to live with several local and foreign students, you can choose to stay in a private or shared room in any of the students' residencies we offer you. Sharing a place with young people from all over the world is a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and make new friends as well as learning about the place in which you are studying.

Requirements

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

  • Live your volunteer experience at one of the most valued areas of Costa Rica for its varied flora and fauna.
  • Take part in maintenance jobs, education and training programs and control activities at the park.
  • Address real issued that this park is suffering because of tourist activity, agriculture and dairy farming.
  • Feel like a local making sure this valued National Park is taken care of.
 
 

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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