- Live and work in Barra Honda National park, a government-run reserve filled with lush rainforest, wildlife and deep caves.
- Protect the rainforest in Costa Rica by collecting scientific data that contributes to new conservation policies.
- Improve your Spanish language skills during regular lessons and by practising your conversational skills with the locals.
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Questo progetto è per ragazzi tra i 15 e i 18 anni
Is conservation and Spanish in Costa Rica with other teenagers right for me?
If you have a passion for conservation and other cultures, you’ve landed on the right project! It’s great for aspiring environmentalists. You’ll get your hands dirty in the forest through numerous conservation tasks like wildlife surveys and reforestation efforts. This unique perspective will give you an edge when you figure out which field of conservation you want to pursue.
You don’t need any prior experience to join as our staff will take you through everything you need to know. However, you need to be physically fit as the project requires a lot of treks through the forest. You should also be prepared to miss a few home comforts like regular WiFi and hot showers. Although, you’ll be so busy, and in the heat of the forest you’ll crave a cold shower at the end of the day.
You’ll get to experience a completely different language and culture while in Costa Rica. This is why you’ll get to participate in daily Spanish language classes. These lessons are catered to your skill level so no need to worry if you’re still a beginner. Being in a country where Spanish is most commonly spoken will make it easier for you to practice your language skills.
Our staff will arrange everything for you, including a few social activities that will give you the chance to explore the beauty of Costa Rica.
Collect data on wildlife to help create effective conservation plans
During your project, you’ll spend time doing wildlife data collection with local conservationists and scientists. This data will help them understand the behaviours and populations of different species. Through this analysis, the park can develop better conservation policies that protect the wildlife that call it home.
Run environmental education campaigns in surrounding schools and communities
An important part of conservation is education. You’ll be sharing what you learn with the surrounding community to educate and create a culture of protecting the environment. The talks and workshops you deliver will encourage people to conserve the environment long after you’ve left. You’ll also share the perks of organic farming and how to start the process.
Learn Spanish during private lessons
Your personalised classes will cater to your skill level. If you’ve never spoken Spanish before, this will be a great way to learn some of the basics. You can even practice your new found language skills with the locals. They’ll be happy to give you a pointer or two. This will make speaking basic Spanish easier as you’ll get a good feel for the way words are said.
Explore and experience Costa Rica with the other volunteers
During your time in Costa Rica, your project supervisor will take you to explore the surrounding areas. You’ll get to raft through the fresh waters, zip line through the forest and explore the depths of the famous cave system in Costa Rica. This is a great way to bond and make friends with other volunteers from around the world. Many lifelong friendships have been formed in the Costa Rica forest.
We’ve partnered with Barra Honda National Park. This is a government-run wildlife reserve in desperate need of volunteer support. We provide the park with the manpower to do important conservation work. In exchange, our volunteers work with and learn from some of the top minds in environmental studies.
Where will I work in Costa Rica?
You’ll be based in Barra Honda National Park for the duration of your conservation volunteer work in Costa Rica. You and the other teenagers will live and work in the government-run wildlife reserve located in the northwest of the country. This area is a lush tropical dry forest with an intricate network of underground caves you’ll get to explore.
You’ll find living in the forest is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Surrounded by the sounds of chattering monkeys, chirping birds, and buzzing insects, you’ll get to truly connect with nature.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aims of this project is to support the staff of Barra Honda National Park with conservation work, while bumping up your Spanish skills.
Costa Rica is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity. So even though it’s a small country, it has plenty of indigenous wildlife. However, this wildlife is threatened by deforestation and climate change. That’s why it’s vital to understand how best to conserve local plants and animals, while taking steps to ensure the community plays a role in protecting the forest too.
Combining your language course with the conservation project will help the local community while preserving a small part of Mother Nature. It’s also a brilliant opportunity for cultural exchange. By improving your Spanish language skills, you can interact more with the locals and learn about the culture and way of life. You’ll leave with an understanding of traditions and practices different from those of your home country.
Join other teenagers volunteers on our Conservation and Spanish language Project in Costa Rica. You’ll soon discover what you’re capable of.
Piani di gestione
Nei Management Plans definiamo gli obiettivi dei nostri progetti. Questo è uno strumento importante per pianificare correttamente il lavoro dei nostri volontari. Inoltre, ci aiutano a misurare e valutare l'impatto e i risultati raggiunti ogni anno.
Grazie ai Management Plans possiamo migliorare i nostri progetti ogni giorno. Questo significa che, come volontario, entrerai a far parte di un programma che ha un un impatto reale dove è più necessario. Scopri di più sui nostri Management Plan.
Misurare il nostro impatto
Ogni anno, migliaia di giovani volontari che partecipano ai nostri Campi di Volontariato per Studenti delle Scuole Superiori fanno la differenza in tutto il mondo. Durante il loro periodo all’estero, contribuiscono al raggiungimento di obiettivi a lungo termine e ad avere un impatto positivo nelle comunità locali.
Per documentare i risultati raggiunti grazie al loro aiuto, elaboriamo un rapporto annuale chiamato High School Specials Impact Report. Scopri di più sull'impatto dei nostri progetti e leggi l'ultimo report.
Sicurezza e supporto del nostro staff
La tua sicurezza è la nostra priorità. Adottiamo diverse procedure per darti il supporto di cui hai bisogno e per farti vivere il tuo viaggio all'estero senza pensieri. Lo Staff di Projects Abroad sarà sempre disponibile 24 ore su 24, durante la settimana e nei week-end. Ti aiuterà ad ambientarti a casa e all'interno del progetto e, in caso di necessità, potrai contattarlo in qualsiasi momento.
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