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Saturday, 11 April 2009 19:44

Our volunteer programs offer easy, short-term access to our research programs, for participants of all types.

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The second program Eco Preservation Society will open to volunteers is the Playa El Rey Reforestation Program. This is a long-term reforestation effort with the goal of creating a biological corridor between Manuel Antonio National Park and the Río Savegre River, connecting finally with the Talamanca Mountain Range and its large tracts of conserved forests. Endangered species like the Mono Titi Squirrel Monkey are feeling with increased intensity the loss of habitat and resulting isolation due to agricultural expansion and to a lesser degree tourism development. Here volunteers will be able to participate directly in reforestation efforts while also living at the beautiful Playa El Rey. Initial efforts will consist of removing invasive coconut palms while later efforts will focus on reestablishing native forest species along this stretch of coastline.

Another program being made available to volunteers is the Marine Turtle Conservation Program, located on the breathtaking Punta Mala beach, which lies between Quepos and Jaco on the central pacific coast. This beach, measuring 7 kilometers, is one of the last undeveloped stretches of coastline along Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast, and is a critical marine turtle nesting site. The Marine Turtle Conservation Program was created to address significant conservation and research needs and to also serve as a vehicle for environmental education. Volunteers participating in this program can choose to work with us for as little as a few days and as long as several months. They will get the opportunity to live right on the beach, in a rustic and beautiful setting, truly experiencing nature and nature conservation first hand. On site will be a full time project coordinator, fully prepared to share extensive knowledge about marine turtle conservation, as well as direct volunteers in their participation in the project. Volunteers make up a critical component of the success of these types of projects and their efforts are highly valued. For a nominal fee the program will provide housing and food, and volunteers will know their contribution goes directly towards maintaining and furthering marine turtle conservation efforts.

As with all of our programs education is a critical component, and volunteers will of course have the chance to work with trained professionals who will take the time to share their knowledge with others.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 16:09


0 #7 Nancy Ritzenthaler 2012-05-30 08:41
Hi Kevin!
We are thinking about coming to Costa Rico over Xmas break with our kids who are 16 years old, and 10 year old twins. Where should we stay, what is there to do, and
You can email me at nancyritz@hotma il.com. We'd like to include some volunteer time from at least part of our family.

-1 #6 Mona 2012-04-29 16:24

Your program sounds wonderful! Could you indicate at your website what costs are involved for high school students and families in the United States? Are there scholarship opportunities, and if so, how does a person apply for that, and, most importantly, qualify?

(I can also be emailed this info, if you prefer.)

Thanks for contributing real education and positive values to the world!
+1 #5 Jake 2012-02-06 20:36
Hi, im 16 at the moment, but trying to plan my year out, my first thought was wwf but you need to be 20 for it, and i will be 18, so i will do this :) i want to do one concerning primates. So can you send me further details regarding primate volounteer stuff to
0 #4 erika 2012-01-17 14:37
hi I´m gonna apply to volunteer for one moth but i´m not really sure what should I put in the insurance expiration date because I´m from colombia and our insurance here does not expires so what should i put?
0 #3 Jim Pettit 2011-11-19 13:35
You say the primary ages of volunteers is 19 to 28. But is there a hard upper limit? That is, what age, if any, is considered "too old"?
+1 #2 Kevin Peterson 2011-01-31 12:37
Hi Rachel,

The primary ages of our volunteers are 19 to 28. We see many college students. There are no shortage of partying opportunities in Costa Rica, however we do not allow alcohol or drug use in our camps. There are plenty of places to go to find a party. At CoopeSilencio there is a lively social scene. Thanks for your interest.
0 #1 rachel 2011-01-08 15:37
Your projects sound very interesting! I'm just wondering how old the average of the volunteers is..? I'm thinking about rolling in for July or August 2011. Are there many young 18-24y old people who like to have parties every night? Or could it be that many volunteerts are between 25 and 35 years?
Thank you very much for an honest answer!
kind regards.

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The Eco Interactive Vacation Experience is a blend of Travel, Education, Conservation and Reforestation. Through Eco Interactive you will engage in the natural world in unique and meaningful ways, providing fresh perspectives and a fulfilling experience not available through traditional vacation travel.

EPS is seeking Volunteers to assist in our Turtle Conservation Project at Costa Rica's Playa el Rey. Live, work and grow on one of Costa Rica's most secluded and lovely beaches.