Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Monteverde
Santa Elena Reserve was established in 1983 to share the benefits of the tourism. The income from the entrance fees are used for the protection, management of the Reserve and to promote a better quality of education on the high school and primary schools of the area, collaborating also with some projects of the community.
The idea was to use the donated land for agriculture and education but because of the access, weather, topography, etc, the lands were not suitable for this activities; so in 1989 the community decide to convert it in a Nature Reserve, together with Youth Challenge International, the Ambientalist Association Vida and the participation of students of the High School and their fathers, and Volunteers of the Community. The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve was opened to the public on March 1, 1992.
You will be supporting the national park in Montverde with their fantastic conservation, promotional and educational efforts on a variety of tasks dependent on what the Reserve need at the time.
- Practical work to help to maintain the paths and national park;
- Assisting with marketing and communications to help promote the reserve
Project location: Monteverde, Costa Rica
Duration: Two weeks + plus optional free-time week
Accommodation: Home-stay with local families
Fundraising: £100 contribution towards the charity you are working with
To read more about our project in Costa Rica, please download our Project Information Document.