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Location:  Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
Type of Assignment:  Conservation and sustainability
Project Duration:  Minimum 2 weeks
Activities:  Reforestation and general maintenance of the Center, its gardens, lagoon and trails.


The Organization

How is the project involved with the community?

The project is located in a small village, not far from the valley of San Isidro de El General in Perez Zeledon. The valley is surrounded by high mountains, one of them the highest in Costa Rica, Mt. Chirripo, at 3820 meters above sea level.

This region was first populated by farmers and today many people work in the close town of San Isidro. They also make a living from agricultural products such as coffee, sugar cane, beans, fruits and vegetables.

The project is specially proud of the diversity of birds and butterflies that live in their forest. They have already constructed a butterfly farm to present all the different types of butterflies for the visitors to enjoy. Now, they also want to improve the bird watching opportunities of the area. Experts estimate that there are about 200 different bird species in the protected area. The Center wants to observe the habits of these birds and create leaflets about the types of birds that can be found in the area during the different times of the year.

You can also find white-faced monkeys and other small and interesting mammals of the tropics. The center also has a garden with medical plants and they produce organic compost.

Background to the project and its aims?

This mission of this grassroots organization is to stop deforestation of the Quebradas River basin which is the source of drinking water for the whole town of San Isidro and most of the region of Perez Zeledon. At the Center they also have an educational center reserved for groups or school visits.

A few months ago, the organization launched their adopt-at-tree program, which looks for local and international donors to support their reforestation plan. For a moderate contribution, the donor adopts a tree that is planted in the projects premises, receives a certificate of ownership and is periodically updated with its growth status.

The main goals of the organization are:

  • Conservation of the Quebradas River.
  • Development of environmental education for children and the community.
  • Establishment of different sustainable systems to guarantee conservation of flora, fauna and water resources in the area.
  • To become financially independent through eco-tourism Research and promotion supporting conservation.

What are the daily volunteer activities in the project?

  • Reforestation of the area through adopt-a-tree initiative.
  • Maintenance of the garden of medical plants.
  • Maintenance of the butterfly garden.
  • Maintenance of the lagoon and the canal.
  • Maintenance of the trails inside the Center.
  • Maintenance of the green areas.
  • Making of informative wooden signs for the trials.
  • Decorative gardening on the access road.
  • Painting and maintenance of the buildings at the Center.

Program Details

Quick facts about the trip:

Project duration:  Minimum 2 weeks
Project Location:  Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
Airport of arrival:  San Jose (SJO)
Activities:  Reforestation and general maintenance of the Center, its gardens, lagoon and trails.
Working hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 8am to 3pm.
Requirements:  Volunteers should be in good physical condition as they will engage in activities such as trail building and maintenance. To be willing to walk uphill fro 45 minutes every morning from the volunteer's accommodation to the project, and walk back home after finishing work every afternoon.

What's included:

Accommodation:  The accommodation takes place with a local family, who also provides the meals. Most houses offer hot water, laundry service and internet/wifi service. For those houses that do not offer internet service, internet cafes are available in town. 
Meals:  3 meals per day, 7 days a week. The typical Costa Rican diet includes rice, beans, plantains, a salad or picadillo (a stir fried mix of local vegetables), and some choice of meat (beef, chicken or pork).
Airport pickup: Yes, plus transfer to accommodation in San Jose.
Pre-departure Orientation and Onsite Training::  Volunteers receive a comprehensive workshop on being a volunteer in the project, safety and security in the destination country, culture shock, and pre-departure preparations.
Support::  24/7 during your volunteering time.

What's not included:

Flights, visas, insurance, local transfers.


Program Duration Cost (USD)
2 week 625.00
3 weeks 713.00
4 weeks 800.00
6 weeks 1,117.00
8 weeks 1,299.00
10 weeks 1,584.00
12 weeks 1,766.00
16 weeks 2,234.00
20 weeks 2,598.00

All Registration Fees are included in the prices above.