Volunteer Abroad in Piedras Blancas National Park, Costa Rica

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

This amazing pretty much untouched national park is a forest that holds hundreds of species of plants, animals, and rare insects, together with snakes and other reptiles. There are waterfalls, winding rivers, and coral reefs. Nonetheless, its biodiversity is not fully known because the park has just come under study.
Piedras Blancas is considered by many to be the best place for bird-watching site in the country, because it is an important meeting place for birds from North and South America. There are also beautiful beaches. The walk to go to the beach is about an hour so take water with you since the temperature can be quite high but do not worry the scarlet macaws may join you. The rugged mountains and watersheds of the Esquinas and Piedras Blancas rivers are covered in dense evergreen forest that is home to a number of rare tropical trees.
There are indications that in the period just prior to the coming of the Spanish, this area was inhabited by indigenous groups. Piedras Blancas National Park hides a history rich in indigenous aspects, with little tourism, trails that are still in progress of construction and beautiful beaches. What more can you ask to choose this project for your volunteer experience?!

Join this project and make the difference!

 

Though little tourist activity, hunting and deforestation are threatening this important habitat. On this project you’ll be helping the park rangers and other volunteers to make sure that doesn’t happen. You don’t need to be experienced but you do have to own a genuine interest in nature preservation. When committing to this project you’ll realize that all that’s needed to make the world a greener place is to put your mind to it and channel your energy in that direction.
If you’re ecologically sensitive and are willing to learn about new cultures this is a great project for you. Your volunteer coordinator will assign you tasks, but they will be open to hear new ways of helping that you can think of. In general terms you’ll be in charge of general maintenance and customer service while supporting the work of the park rangers.
Tasks like maintaining and constructing the trails, keeping the infrastructure of the park up and running, painting signs, cleaning and protecting the camping areas, providing information to tourists will be among your everyday duties. Also working along the park rangers taking control walks and monitoring the activities in the area will need your help as well. Don’t forget your rain gear and sign up now!

 
 
 

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

  • Work among local park rangers and international volunteers in a truly intercultural experience.
    Keep this territory free of the natural and man-made causes that put it in danger.
    Explore this forest filled with biodiversity unique in the world and ancient pre-Columbian Indian legends.
    Make lots of new friends while you do your bit for a healthier planet.

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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