Kids Saving the Rainforest offers two different types of volunteer placements, which differ mainly in the duration of the volunteer stay, and the amount of responsibility: conservation volunteer (up to three months) or intern (three months or more).
Conservation Volunteers are required to stay a minimum of one month and participate in all aspects of the work. Applicants from any background are accepted and full training is provided.
Interns are required to stay at least three months and may stay from three up to several months if they wish. Applicants from any background are accepted, however this placement is more suitable for gap-year students, undergraduates or recent-graduates who wish to gain more experience in wildlife management and conservation. Interns will work with KSTR staff, but will be expected to be independent and proactive, and might receive extra training for specific tasks or research projects taking place.
Also we accept internship students who wish to undertake research projects for their dissertation, thesis, independent study, capstone study, etc. These students can benefit from the support and supervision or KSTR’s team on biology and wildlife veterinary. Self-generated projects are welcomed, or alternatively, students may inquire KSTR about our current research interests.
Participant’s General Duties
All participants will work under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator or an Intern, and will work alongside KSTR staff and local and international volunteers. Daily duties include cleaning cages, preparing food for animals, recording animal behavior and health, working on our tree nursery, composting, planting trees, maintenance of crops, etc., and will vary depending on each volunteer interests. Volunteers should expect to work up to 40 hours per week.
All participants are expected to fulfill certain requirements in order to participate in our projects. Work is demanding, repetitive and also can vary from day to day. Participants must know that they will be working with wild animals that are not pets and should behave accordingly. These requirements are just to ensure that volunteers bring the right expectations and enjoy their experience with KSTR.
Need to enjoy working outdoors and be motivated
Able to converse, receive and understand instructions in English and/or Spanish
Minimum age of 18
Travel and international medical insurance
Flexibility to adapt to changing schedules
Available for a minimum of one month*
*If you don’t have a full month to participate, talk to us, we can tailor a program for you.
Costa Rica has long been renowned for the friendliness of its people, high standard of education, enlightened environmental policies, and for its peaceful, democratic government. Most of all, Costa Rica is famous for its stunning natural beauty and the density and diversity of its exotic flora and fauna.
The Central Pacific area of the country hosts a wide variety of ecosystems because it is where the dry forest of the north and the very humid forest of the south overlap. Some estimates of the biodiversity of the region are 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds.
One of the iconic places in this area that you will be able to explore is Manuel Antonio National Park, chosen by Forbes as one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Here, KSTR volunteers teach tourists about proper behavior towards wild animals and have a good time.
The volunteer center, the wildlife sanctuary and the analog forestry site are located in the quiet surrounding area of the Blue Banyan Inn (www.bluebanyaninn.com), 7 Km (~4 miles) from the nearest town of Quepos and Manuel Antonio. The property is surrounded by forest of different ages, palm and Beechwood plantations.
The volunteer center has shared rooms and bathrooms in a brand new building; and a mini-lounge where you can share the day’s activities with fellow volunteers.
There are mountains nearby and a network of dirt roads to explore the area. The town of Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park are a few kilometers away and volunteers will have plenty of time to explore these places.
CONTRIBUTION FEES TOWARDS PARTICIPATION
Kids Saving the Rainforest is a Non for Profit Organization and we rely on donations and grants to function as many of other NGOs in developing countries. Nevertheless we are working hard on being sustainable and self-sufficient. Most of our budget is spent at our rescue center, which receives a great quantity of animals per year (116 in 2010) and has no means of making money.
Therefore we rely on volunteers to contribute towards their participation costs. These fees cover 3 daily meals, drinking water, accommodation (shared rooms and bathrooms), Internet (WiFi), one load of laundry per week, travel to project site, in country support.
CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS: Registration fee* of US$200 and US$1300 for the first month. Please ask us about fees after the first month.
INTERNS: Registration fee* of US$300 and US$3000.00 for the first three months. Please ask us about fees after the third month.
*Registration fee is non-refundable and must be paid one month before arrival. All other fees must be paid at arrival. Please inquire about our refund policy.
KIDS SAVING THE RAINFOREST
QUEPOS, COSTA RICA.