Researching jaguar feeding patterns and tracking sea turtles are just two of the incredible experiences on offer for participants on BUNAC’S Conservation Internships in Costa Rica.
Keen conservationists can make a real and positive contribution to the future of the eco-system, while helping to preserve the unique flora and fauna of this fascinating area and developing a range of skills, from research-focused data processing, to camera trapping, species identification, first-aid and canoeing.
During the initial 12 weeks, there’ll be the chance to gain first-hand experience of the challenges facing this fragile eco-system via a number of exciting projects such as jaguar feeding pattern research, sea-turtle conservation, marine bird research and mammal and prey studies.
The internship finishes with a 12-week work placement on a conservation project or rainforest lodge, after which there may be the chance for further paid or unpaid work.
Midway through their internship, participants travel to Nicaragua where they will spend two weeks with a local family absorbing the Spanish language.
Accommodation is basic and shared, and in a secluded location at the very heart of the Costa Rican National Park. The nearest town, Tortuguero, is one-hour away by motorboat. Leisure time can be spent dozing in a hammock or, on one of the monthly long weekends, white-water rafting down the Pacuare river or snorkelling on the Caribbean coast.
The programme covers accommodation, all meals, in-country support and 24-hour emergency telephone, weekly evaluation with a mentor and professional references, if required. It also includes a flight-booking service and expert, one-to-one, pre-departure support and advice.
For further information on conservation internships in Costa Rica, visit the BUNAC website or telephone 0333 999 7516.
This article was in partnership with BUNAC