Projects Abroad | Environmental Conservation

Costa Rica: Environmental Research Internship

Costa Rica

Description

Location: close to Limon, Costa Rica

Duration: Minimum 3 weeks, maximum 6 months commitment

Start Dates: Project is ongoing, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability

Cost: €736 for the first 3 weeks + €196 for each week thereafter – see ‘Costs’ tab for further details

Benefits:

  • Work closely with staff experienced in forest conservation, agroforestry, agronomy, participatory community development, social entrepreneurship, and marketing/communications.
  • Keywords: agroforestry, agricultural economics, biodiversity, sustainable development, research, community development, economic development, social entrepreneurship, climate change, indigenous groups, new product development, women’s empowerment.

Please note: This project is now full until 1 September 2019

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Introduction

Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, with an abundance of flora and fauna that is becoming a rarity in the world. This project work to map the lowland rainforest area, which is essential to its protection.

The goal of this project is study the environment, thus improving your research skills, and sharing your results with the wider scientific community. This way, we can reinforce each others knowledge and promote environmental conservation and sustainability.

If you wish to join our long term research (inventory) on the biodiversity of our private reserve, we would welcome you to our project. Research options are open to all different levels of expertise and experience. In addition to conducting long term research, you can also visit our project to conduct your own research topic. We will supervise and guide you towards a successful research methodology.

The project is located in-between an Indian reservation  and a national park, and there is much to discover and learn about the local environment. Some parts have been heavily logged, however much remains pristine, and is in need of study and protection. Our goal is to identify where conservation efforts should be best focused. We have three main goals: biodiversity, reforestation and sustainable living.

Daily Life

Breakfast is served at 7am each day and will be a typical Costa Rican dish.
At 8am your day starts with a trip into the jungle to start accumulating data, conducting research and other agreed projects.

There are also days that you will stay on the project area to work in the vegetable garden, build a tree nursery, investigate collected bugs, make an inventory of the butterflies or for example make chocolate from the cacao you collected.

Lunch is at 12.30 after which the afternoon is spent usually processing data, analyzing the trap cam video’s, determine the collected dung-beetles or frog pictures, writing up research or working in the garden.

At 5 pm there will be a lovely dinner served. After dinner you can chat with the other students in the community house, playing cards, read a book, watch a documentary, chill in a hammock or just go to sleep.

By 6pm it is dark and we expect you to be quiet at 9pm.

During the weekend there will be time to chill and relax for example in the hammock, play soccer at the local soccer field, plan a trip to the waterfalls or the beach.

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Travel & Accommodation

We offer a shared accommodation and bathroom, which can house up to 3 interns staying together. The house has full bug-screens for protection, and you have access to a common area where you can relax on your time off. From the porch you can see many birds, colibri’s and butterflies pass you by, and the garden has a wide variety of fruit trees. Depending upon the season, you can pick, your own mango, banana, oranges, pineapples, starfruit and many more.

You will be given easy to follow instructions on how to reach the project from San Jose International airport.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Minimum 3 weeks commitment
  • Full travel & medical insurance
  • You must be physically and mentally fit, and able to walk for at least 3 hours in a hot and tropical climate
  • Comfortable to live and work with up to 10 other volunteers and staff at any one time.
  • Be respectful of the rules of the project and agree to the codes of conduct.
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flights & visas
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Costs

€736 Euros for the first 3 weeks + €196 for each week thereafter.

* All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
** Deposit of €150 to confirm your place.

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes in-depth predeparture and orientation training, 3 meals a day,  living accommodations in our fully-equipped house, 24/7 emergency support, and project costs.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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Alec Sharp
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I feel that this project is making a huge positive impact on the environment and surrounding community. It is an awesome bunch of people doing amazing work and i'm proud I got to be a part of this impact. Meeting new people from around the globe was enlightening and rewarding. Although the other interns/students were great, it was the local ...
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Kara Mikhitarian
Kara Mikhitarian
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"My friend Erika and I went together for three weeks to the project in San Miguel. Going in, we weren't quite sure what to expect, but we were both beyond satisfied with our time there. We actually wished we could have stayed there long-term to work on a research project. So, our two-week stay was filled with learning, volunteer work, and the begin...
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Hannah Elzinga
Hannah Elzinga
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"Being an Environmental Research Intern for two months was truly a life-changing and eye-opening experience. I found this internship because I was looking to do something good for the planet while traveling and advancing my career in conservation biology. This experience was the perfect combination of all three. I chose work with nature because Mar...
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Alex B
Alex B
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“Immersed in the middle of Costa Rica nearby a small village called San Miguel, I got to experience first hand with biodiversity data collection, permaculture and reforestation. Contrary to other places in Costa Rica where, for quite a high price, I was only offered to interact with animals kept in refuges' enclosures, I encountered real wildlife...
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Maria Lemmond
Maria Lemmond
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Through out my duration at this project, I had a very challenging yet rewarding experience that has forever changed me for the better and i would gladly do it again. The internship itself was both what i expected and not what i expected at the same time. I would say the project made an impact at the individual level; However, not on an internationa...
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Erika Shook
Erika Shook
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"This was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had! The farm was beautiful and truly felt like home even though I was only there for a short period of time (2 weeks). I wish I could have stayed longer. Maarten and Hanneke were so friendly and truly made everyone feel welcome. All the other students and myself became very close very quick...
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