Courtesy of Bear Grylls among others, Costa Rica has been getting some great press recently and for very good reason.
An environmentalist’s dream, Costa Rica hosts more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity, even though its landmass only takes up 0.03% of the planet’s surface.
The diversity includes sea turtles, cayman and over 850 species of birds, including over 50 species of hummingbird alone. There are also 750,000 species of insects, 20,000 different types of spider and more than 10% of the world’s butterflies. Monkeys are one of the most common mammals in Costa Rica, (next to bats), the four most common species being the Howler, Spider, White-Faced and Squirrel monkey.
The landscape stretches from the Caribbean Ocean to the Pacific and includes tropical rainforests, volcanic structures, white-water rivers and uninterrupted beaches.
We are delighted to have opened two new projects in Costa Rica. CR10 ‘Rainforest and Marine Conservation’ provides any volunteer with an interest in wildlife and conservation an incredible opportunity to be involved in practical conservation and research activities on the stunning Osa peninsula, while CR11 ‘Indigenous Cultural Exchange’ is a pioneering opportunity for mature volunteers to join a cooperative community, helping build a sustainable, eco-tourism enterprise.
Both opportunities are supported by our very own in-country coordinator, Javier, a trained outdoor adventurer, so any aspiration to work-hard play-hard is sure to be fulfilled in nature’s playground.