Costa Rica Rainforest Conservation
– Duration: 1 month –
For true nature and wildlife lovers, there are few better destinations than Costa Rica. On this 1 month programme you’ll get to experience all that this amazing country has to offer whilst creating a positive impact on the local environment and indigenous communities.
Staying within the remote rainforest region where your closest neighbours will be monkeys, toucans and parrots, you’ll quickly adopt the ‘pura vida’ way of life that Costa Rica is famous for. Working alongside a local non-profit organisation, you’ll play an important part in sustainable conservation initiatives to help protect the biodiversity of the region. You’ll also spend time living with an indigenous community as you help develop community infrastructure within the village.
There will also be plenty of opportunity to explore your surroundings too – from trekking through jungles and waterfalls to relaxing on spectacular beaches – you won’t want to leave this tropical paradise.
This programme is designed to impact the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:
The impact that you'll make
Community Improvements (Terraba)
The indigenous communities of Central America have missed out on much of the economic development of the region. Terraba is the only local community not to have a communal area for families to gather and prepare food in a hygenic environment. You will be assisting in the building of a community kitchen which will be used by numerous community groups.
Environment Conservation (Osa)
The Osa Peninsula is a stunning part of Costa Rica but has suffered from extensive deforestation during the middle of the 20th century. As part of our partnership with Osa Conservation, we have pledged our support to their projects meaning you could be involved in anything from making bat and bird boxes, path building, data collection and animal tracking – all to help with the reforestation of this incredible environment.
Immerse yourself in the local community – formed by the indigenous Teribe people – who are proud of their distinct culture and have autonomous control over more than 900 hectares of forested land.
Camp Terraba is based in a converted school and has spectacular views across the surrounding forests. You will be sharing the camp with your fellow volunteers and some local toucans!
Location: Terraba is located in Buenos Aires, Puntarenas Province. 5 hours from San José.
Accommodation style: Rooms with bunk beds.
Power: Will need a universal adapter/converter
Signature dish: Rice and chicken.
Social areas: An outside chill out area close to the local football pitch
A biodiversity hotspot, Camp Osa is located on the edge of the Osa peninsula – a remote part corner of Costa Rica holding 2.5% of the worlds biodiversity. It shelters the largest remaining population of jaguars and tapiers. The Camp itself is based in secondary forest that is decades old – it really is true, unspoilt Costa Rica!
Location: 6 1/2 hours form San José. Camp Osa is located in the Osa Peninsula
Accommodation style: Hammocks, flushing toilets and bucket showers
Power: Will need a universal adapter/converter
Social areas in camp are like: Open sided dining room looking out on to the forest
Day to Day
Welcome to Costa Rica
Arrive into San Jose airport where you’ll be greeted by a member of our awesome Camps crew and transferred to your accommodation in the city for your first night. You’ll have some free time to explore San Jose and rest after your flight.
Environmental conservation at Camp Osa
Today we’ll take the 5 hour journey to Camp Osa, situated on the edge of the Osa Peninsula, a remote corner of Costa Rica which is home to 2.5% of the biodiversity of the entire planet. This beautiful rainforest will become your home for the next couple of weeks as you enjoy getting off the grid in true, unspoilt Costa Rica.
Over the next few days you’ll be working alongside Osa Conservation, a local non-profit organisation, on vital environmental projects designed to protect the globally significant biodiversity within this important strip of forest. Your project work could include reforestation, data collection, animal tracking, and making bat and bird boxes to encourage important species to return.
Embark on an adventurous trek through the Osa rainforest. Your knowledgeable guides will teach you about the area, with an opportunity to spot an abundance of wildlife such as Howler Monkeys, White Faced Monkeys, toucans and parrots. We will take a break by a beautiful jungle river and waterfall along the way.
Complete environmental projects
Spend the next few days continuing your environmental conservation work and enjoying your last few days at Camp Osa.
Weekend trip to Manuel Antonio
You have free time for two days to explore the tropical paradise of Manuel Antonio and the nearby town of Quepos, located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. We highly recommend a visit to the Manuel Antonio National Park where you can explore its spectacular beaches and enjoy some down time with your group.
Head to Camp Terraba
Today we’ll hit the road and transfer you to your next location at Camp Terraba, located in the heart of an indigenous community with a rich cultural heritage. Once you’re settled into your accommodation, we’ll have a brief orientation where we’ll introduce you to the community project work you’ll be undertaking here.
Community projects at Camp Terraba
Over the next few days you’ll get involved in community development projects such as building communal structures for community events and helping to develop infrastructure within the village. You may also have the opportunity to get involved in collecting data for an important biodiversity study which will be used to petition to the government against destroying community land to build a reservoir.
Day trek to waterfall
Explore more of your incredible surroundings on a full day guided trek to a nearby waterfall – the perfect way to unwind after your hard work on projects and soak up the beauty of Costa Rica’s natural world.
Complete community projects at Camp Terraba
Your final few days will be spent finishing off the projects at Camp Terraba before handing over to the local community. There will be some proud moments as you reflect on all that you have achieved during your time in Costa Rica.
Chau Costa Rica
Say your final farewells to the local community before we take you back to the airport in time for your flight home.
Top up your trip
If you’d like to add in some extra adventure, we offer the opportunity to book some exciting add-ons which can be included within your trip duration or added on to the start or end of your journey. Speak to our team to find out more about how to add these awesome adventures to your programme.
Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.