Apart from our Spanish language programs, we also offer volunteer programs in Manuel Antonio for individuals who have attained a basic level of Spanish.
We partner with local non-profit organizations to give visitors the opportunity to contribute to a good cause and integrate into the community more than a typical tourist would. Volunteering allows you to connect with local people and use your Spanish skills in a practical and meaningful context.
We can organize three different placements in the area of conservation.
Conservation Volunteer Programs
MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK
Manuel Antonio National Park is host to an incredible amount of biodiversity and up to 150,000 visitors per year. As a volunteer at the national park, you will assist the park guards with maintenance and tourism activities. Possible tasks include trail renovation, construction of new facilities, tourist surveys and ensuring visitors adhere to the rules of the park. A basic level of Spanish is required.
BEE CONSERVATION RESERVE
Work alongside bee conservation experts at a private nature reserve. You will live onsite and help the family to maintain the trails within their piece of primary rainforest, assist during tours, care for the bee hives and harvest honey. You may also be asked to help with marketing, educational activities and the production of organic products such as honey wine, propolis extract and natural cosmetics. Minimum stay of one week and basic Spanish is required.
SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION
The turtle nesting season lasts from June until January on the Central Pacific coast. The main volunteer tasks include patrolling the beach to identify nests, relocating the eggs to a protected hatchery, and releasing the baby turtles when they have hatched. As well as assisting the biologist in taking data on the turtles, volunteers may be involved in monitoring other wildlife, running recycling campaigns, beach clean-ups and environmental education activities. Minimum stay of one week is required.