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Rainforest Study Costa Rica



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 works to map the lowland rainforest area, which is essential to its protection. The goal of the project is study the rainforest, thus improving your research skills, and sharing your results wi […]

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Dates of program:
Year round except August

Duration of program:
3 weeks minimum, 25 weeks maximum

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

You will receive accommodation, 3 meals daily, professional guidance of two biologists and an amazing experience for U$32 a night.

Other information:
Good travel and medical insurance is required.


Enhance your global perspective while being immersed in the rainforest
"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 Marteen (the primary biologist and co-founder of the foundation) let me design my own research project. Because I already had some experience with field biology and doing biological research I wanted to see if I could challenge myself to design and execute my own project. I ended up establishing a system for monitoring biodiversity levels in different types of rainforest and reforested areas. This was truly a valuable collaborative effort between myself, Marteen and Hanneke and ended up being a very successful project. In addition to working on my research project, the other students and I helped out around the farm, picking fruits, planting and weeding as well as helped out in the village with community projects such as picking up trash, painting the village health center and teaching English to local students. The work I did with this organization was rewarding in more ways than one. In addition to Hanneke and Marteen being amazing hosts, the other students that were living on the farm became really close friends. We all shared a common love and interest in biology and conservation and being able to explore Costa Rica together lead us to all become very close. In addition Tapa, our awesome field guide and good friend, was our connection to the local community and culture. A local from the village, cooked us amazing traditional Costa Rican dishes throughout the week and we were always excited to see her walking down the path towards our kitchen. On the weekends, my friends and I would often take a bus to one of the nearby towns to explore Costa Rica a little more. I ended up traveling around Costa Rica and Panama for a month after my stay and being so immersed in the culture by living on the farm for two months was a great introduction to the country. This was my first time traveling alone internationally so I was a little nervous, but that feeling quickly went away and I always felt very safe on the farm and everywhere I traveled within Costa Rica. If these weren’t reasons enough already to volunteer for this internship, the mission might be. The organization uses the money from volunteers and donations to buy up hectares of land in order to preserve and reforest areas that have been deforested or are in danger of being deforested. You may even get to plant some trees that will contribute to much needed rainforest in the future! After my experience in Costa Rica, I had a better sense of the career I wanted to pursue and the kind of life I wanted to live when I got back home. There is no better way to get to know the amazing rainforests and culture of Costa Rica than being so immersed and being surrounded by amazing people from all over the world."- Hannah Elzinga
Environmental Research Internship in Costa Rica
"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 quickly and I made great friends. The work itself was extremely rewarding and felt as though I really was making a difference in the world. One of my favourite projects being done was the reforestation project where I actively participated in re-growing a rainforest (planting trees). This project will do and already is doing great things for environmental research. The project exceeded any expectations I had. Also, the food was delicious, cooked by a local from the village, and accommodations were very comfortable. I felt safe and at home at all times and everyone was very helpful in coordinating weekend activities. Tapa (our guide, truly the best) brought us to a beautiful waterfall one weekend. I would recommend this to anyone that is passionate about the planet and interested in meeting other people who have that same passion. It was very nice."- Erika Shook

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