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Costa Rica


Costa Rica

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Monteverde


Costa Rica

Santa Elena Reserve was established in 1983 to share the benefits of the tourism. The income from the entrance fees are used for the protection, management of the Reserve and to promote a better quality of education on the high school and primary schools of the area, collaborating also with some projects of the community. 

The idea was to use the donated land for agriculture and education but because of the access, weather, topography, etc, the lands were not suitable for this activities; so in 1989 the community decide to convert it in a Nature Reserve, together with Youth Challenge International, the Ambientalist Association Vida and the participation of students of the High School and their fathers, and Volunteers of the Community. The Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve was opened to the public on March 1, 1992.

You will be supporting the national park in Montverde with their fantastic conservation, promotional and educational efforts on a variety of tasks dependent on what the Reserve need at the time. 

Volunteer role(s):

  1. • Practical work to help to maintain the paths and national park;
  2. • Raising awareness of the Reserve within the community;
  3. • Support the park with their marketing, advertising, social media, making/editing videos, writing blogs etc.
  • Project location: Montverde, Costa Rica
  • Duration: Two weeks + plus optional free-time week
  • Dates: Friday 3rd August 2018 > Saturday 18th August 2018 
  • Accommodation: Home-stay with local families
  • Fundraising: £100 contribution towards the charity you are working with
Project Fees: £1250 (all first-time volunteers are eligible for our £250 bursary, which would make total fees payable £1000)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 19th November 2017

Selection Event will be held on Wednesday 29th November 2017, 3.00pm - 5.00 pm 

Read full details on the Costa Rica project and learn how to apply here

Find out more:

INFORMATION SESSION - Headingley campus

We are hosting an information session for each project over the next two weeks, where we will talk specifically about a particular project, as well as the volunteering process. If you have 10 minutes to spare, please feel free to drop by and find out more.

Friday 10th November, Caedmon Hall, G13, 3.00 - 4.00 pm: COSTA RICA


VOLUNTEERING FAIR - City Campus

OnMonday 13th November 2017 as part of a Global Engagement Week we are running an International Volunteering & Partners Fair from 10am - 3pm in The Gateway, Leslie Silver Building (the area outside the library).You can meet previous volunteers, ask questions, learn more about the charities, watch videos, read newsletters and previous volunteers blogs, WIN hoodies and T-shirts - plus much more! Our Volunteer partners from the Students Union, and some local charities, will also be there for you to talk to about local volunteering opportunities available.

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Santa Elena Reserve

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