Rainforest Conservation and Teen Volunteering

July 10, 2019
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Closing date


Join other teens, aged between 15 and 17, in the middle of Costa Rica’s famous Tortuguero National park, to learn about conservation and learn about how to protect important wildlife species and the natural environment.

Spend your time with other teens from around the world and explore Tortuguero National Park while learning about the local ecosystem and the species that can be found there. Find out how researchers, conservation organisations, and national governments use data collection, input, and analysis to preserve the natural environment.

Learn how to identify unique species that can only be found in Costa Rica, go on jungle hikes and canoes down the many forest canals, spotting animals. You might also be enlisted in a beach clean and bird surveys.

GVI has been in operation for over 20 years and we have been working in Costa Rica for over a decade. Our long-term involvement, capacity-building, and commitment to our projects, ensures that our long-term sustainable projects help to achieve our partners’ objectives. These local partnerships along with stakeholder discussions drive the service elements of our trips to ensure they are fully focused on the most prevalent issues and produce the results required locally. Each projects’ objectives are also aligned to one or more United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Throughout this project, teens will be trained, guided, and supported by world-class leaders in the field who have been chosen for their mix of relevant experience and ability to mentor and inspire young people. Greater supervision applies to our teen programs, than our other volunteer programs.

Training and field experience will allow teens to develop skills beneficial to their college applications and future employability. Some of these might include intercultural competency, teamwork, and leadership, by interacting and working with teens from around the world. In fact, all teens on our under 18 programs earn a ILM Youth Leadership Certificate upon successful completion of the program.

The climate is hot and humid, interspersed with refreshing downpours, and participants should be aware that work days can be tiring. It is important to be flexible and adaptable to the changing nature of life in Costa Rica.

Due to the fact you will work in a national park, you will need special scientific permit to approve you for conducting research. Further permits are required for jaguar research. The permit for conducting jaguar research takes about 2 to 3 months to process.


Learn what a career in conservation is really like.

Make friends with other teens from around the world.

Observe Costa Rican wildlife species in their natural habitats, including monkeys, neo-tropical birds, and amphibians in the caponies above rainforest canals.

Visit an incredibly jaguar-dense area and one of the only locations in the world where jaguars are known to prey on adult sea turtles.

Explore the rainforest by canoe and walk the pristine Caribbean beaches.

Undertake bird surveys to monitor population numbers and different species.

Contribute to jaguar research by setting up and checking camera traps in the rainforest.

For more information on this and all other GVI projects, Please visit their expeditions page.

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