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Costa Rica


Costa Rica

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Monteverde

We are really excited to work on a partnership with the Santa Elena Reserve, a national park in Monteverde to help support their fantastic conservation and educational efforts. The national park team will organise homestays with families in the local area giving volunteers a true Costa Rican experience. During the weekends and free times, volunteers will be able to sample local beaches and hot springs. The national park need volunteers with lots of different skills and work very closely with the local secondary school so further activities can be supported here.

Volunteer role(s):

  • Practical work to help to maintain the paths and national park;
  • Support biologists/ researchers with biological research projects including recording data and samples;
  • English/ environmental educational classes in the secondary school in the village;
  • Support the park with their marketing, advertising, social media, making/editing videos, writing blogs and work with students at the school to teach these skills in making videos etc.

Project location: Monteverde, Costa Rica

Project dates: 28 June -  19 July 2017

Team size: 9

Cost: from £1050 - £1150 (actual cost is £1300-£1400 but all first time volunteers will receive a £250 bursary from the University)

Fundraising: In addition to the fees each volunteer has to raise a minimum of £100 which will be donated to the reserve to support their reforestation, educational and research programmes.

Information sessions:

  • Tuesday 18 October 2016,Macaulay Hall 111, Headingley Campus   17:00 - 17:30
  • Wednesday 19 October 2016,The Gateway, Leslie Silver Building, City Campus  16:30 - 17:00

Selection event: 16 November 2016

Application deadline: 2 November 2016

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