SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION
Come participate in our volunteer program and learn alongside trained staff and biologist while helping turtles and marine life in danger of extinction. Volunteers are vital to implementing and maintaining the growth of these programs. Also with assisting in areas of research and education that our organization carries out with the purpose of conserving Costa Rica’s natural resources. As part of our sea turtle and marine life program, volunteers might see either adults, babies or eggs, and learn about their life cycle. By helping this project, volunteers will be part of a serious scientific research project, which provides important data for the conservation of sea turtles. Upon arrival, volunteers will receive training about the research project in which they are participating, how to use the equipment, and what work they will do as well as proper behavior in the field.
THEY ARE ALL IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION.
In the past two seasons we have successfully protected over 140 nests and released 5,000+ hatchlings (each nest contains on average 100 eggs).
EXOTIC ANIMAL REHABILITATION
This project aims to rehabilitate many different types of tropical species like sloths, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, toucans, and more that have been injured or illegally held captive. Here these animals receive the care they need in order to survive on their own in the wild. Volunteers live on site and help with many different essential tasks for the animal sanctuary. In the morning volunteers help prepare the fruits and vegetables for all the animals on site. They help feed and bathe the animals, especially the sick or injured ones who need special attention. Volunteers help to socialize animals staying in the sanctuary that cannot be placed back into the wild as well, by holding sloths and monkeys a few hours per day. After these duties have been completed, the volunteers help with other tasks around the sanctuary that may include yard work, cleaning, and helping care for their garden. Our volunteers will also take the animals out to play and exercise with them. These animals are being rehabilitated in order to be released back into their natural habitats.
In the past few years, a large shift in our ideas about how to feed the planet and grow food has taken place. Food systems that provide consumers with healthy and seasonal produce which minimizes adverse impacts on the natural environment have began to play a larger role than before. The movement towards small-scale and local farms emphasizes the importance of sustainability. Volunteers will work at a small working farm. They will learn to utilize non-synthetic pesticides, emphasize local varieties and species of crop, incorporate native plants, raise pastured livestock (without the use of hormones or antibiotics) and practice crop rotation. This small working farm is a model for many others in Costa Rica to show how to demonstrate sustainable, integrated farming techniques that could easily be adopted by local farmers. Doing so would help improve the livelihoods of the farmers and positively impact the environment.
Volunteers will learn about tropical agro-ecology and sustainable agriculture principles through hands-on experience. They will learn the importance of animal husbandry, as well as systems of farm management. Volunteers will be additionally responsible for maintaining the sustainable farm. Volunteers will maintain the livestock on the farm by helping with feeding the animals, and maintaining the animal enclosures. They will also help with the greenhouse maintenance, weeding, harvesting of produce, and sowing of crops. .