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Costa Rica

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve Monteverde

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. Assisting with marketing and communications to help promote the reserve

Project location: Monteverde, Costa Rica

Duration: Two weeks + plus optional free-time week

Dates: 2nd August - 18th August (+/- Day according to flights)

Accommodation: Home-stay with local families

Fundraising: £100 contribution towards the charity you are working with

Project Fees: £1500 (all volunteers are eligible for our Global Engagement £250 bursary, which would make Total FEES payable £1250, plus your FUNDRAISING target of £100 = £1350)


To read more about our project in Costa Rica, please download our Project Information Document.

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