So glad that you're interested! Here are more details about volunteering:
Location: The program is located in Puerto Jiménez in the Osa Peninsula – one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet, containing around 2.5% of the world’s species! The nearby Corcovado National Park is the crown jewel in Costa Rica’s park system and its forests provide habitat for the largest remaining population of wild Scarlet Macaws in the world.
Arrival and Departure: Although we are flexible with departure dates, we ask that all volunteers arrive in Puerto Jiménez on a Saturday. Orientation takes places in Puerto Jiménez on Sundays, and work begins at the centre on Mondays. Volunteers work from 4-6 hours daily from Monday to Friday at the centre; weekends are free although an excursion day, tour or social event is generally offered every Saturday. The minimum stay is two weeks. Please read the information regarding how to get here on page 8 of the Volunteer Orientation Manual.
Duties: At the center you will be working alongside Macaw Conservation staff and other volunteers. Activities include:
• Cleaning and maintaining aviaries
• Feeding birds (up to 3 times a day)
• Collecting bird food around the beach and property (seeds, fruits etc.)
• Going on bird rescue missions with staff
• Helping to release rehabilitated birds
• Helping with community projects and environmental education events
• Helping in the office with social media, research and data management.
Free time: The program offers unforgettable tours and activities, such as yoga, kayaking, snorkeling, dolphin and/or whale watching trips, trekking in the national park, community-based rural tours, zip-lining and much more. All tours can be arranged by the program once you arrive.
Food & Accommodation: Accommodation is in mixed dorms with private bathrooms, based at Corcovado Beach Lodge next door to the office of Macaw Conservation in Puerto Jiménez. Alternatively, volunteers can opt to stay in a homestay house with a local family in the town (subject to availability). Both options include three meals a day and can cater for specific dietary requirements (such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free etc).
Requirements: All volunteers should be at least 18 years of age. English is required and Spanish is very helpful, even if basic. The program offers Spanish classes to volunteers both before and during their stay – see page 7 of the Volunteer Orientation Manual. A strong interest in conservation is required, as is good team work spirit and flexibility. You should also be in good health, relatively fit and happy to ride a bicycle. All volunteers must have their own travel medical insurance policy for the duration of their stay at the program.
Cost: The cost for volunteering at the program is $350 per week, for the first 4 weeks, then $300 per week thereafter. This covers accommodation, three meals per day, training, and transportation between your accommodation and the center.
Minimum duration: 2 weeks.
How to apply: You should receive a separate email with a link to complete our online Volunteer Application Form. Please complete it asap and we'll get back to you with a confirmation of your placement.
How to pay: Payment can simply be made through our PayPal account.