Assist in the protection and study of both aquatic and forest birds, whilst living and working in Costa Rica’s rainforest.
During your stay you will not only learn conservation techniques focusing on the bird species of Tortuguero National Park, but you will join a team contributing to the development and management of long term wildlife conservation efforts along the Central American Caribbean coast.
You will learn how to distinguish between the different species of birds in the park, and be responsible for both the collection of data on the species and the input of this data in our system. We share this data with the Costa Rican government, who then use it to modify their conservation policies in the park.
Even though bird-related research will be the main part of your activities, during your time you will gain a holistic understanding of the Costa Rican rainforest and its ecosystem by conducting important research on turtles (seasonal) and jaguars. You will receive additional training across a wide variety of subjects and gain a plethora of skills that will help you further your ability to operate professionally in the field.
Through unique and hands-on training you will have the opportunity to understand the rainforest and the variety of wildlife that depends on its future.
- Getting the chance to go on this unique adventure in a Costa Rican national park;
- Enjoying life at the research station;
- Learning about wildlife and their habitat;
- Seeing unique wildlife in marine and coastal rainforest Caribbean beaches and tropical rainforest;
- Seeing endemic and protected species;
- Joining the research team to undertake research inside a protected area;
- Exploring this wonderful Central American Country.
It was great to be in such an amazing location with people from all over the world and from all walks of life. Everyone wanted to get something different out of the trip, but essentially we all shared a common interest in conservation. It was brilliant to experience a completely different way of life in an environment so alien to my own. Everything I had studied at school suddenly became a reality and it was awe inspiring. I loved having the opportunity to work with such creatures as majestic and mysterious as marine turtles and know that few people will get the chance to have direct contact with them in their natural habitat. I was also pleased that we had the chance to see the country; I would have been disappointed had I not been able to visit other places in Costa Rica and not been able to participate in activities such as white water rafting and ziplining that the country is renowned for.