Wildlife Expedition in Costa Rica | Smaller Earth UK


FROM £1460 / 4 WEEKS

This adventurous expedition gives you the opportunity to work, explore and live in one of the most remote regions of the Costa Rican rainforest on the Caribbean Coast, whilst volunteering with animals abroad. The main projects involve conducting marine turtle monitoring and conservation, study of jaguar predation on marine turtles, aquatic bird monitoring and jaguar, large mammal and prey species studies - all in one of the most beautiful places in the planet.

You will be based at a specially created research station that sits in the heart of the National Park forest running behind the Caribbean beach. It is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest filled with a variety of wildlife and regular sightings of monkeys and even jaguar prints around the base. The project is based in an isolated pocket of the tropical rainforest, to gain access you will need to take a motor boat and then canoe through the jungle waterways with the projects guides.


With some crash-course training, you will spend the majority of your time on the expedition conducting exciting research projects, collecting and collating data, whilst working with the other volunteers to maintain the research station.

Not only will you be volunteering as a eco-researcher, but you’ll have the chance to adventure into the surrounding landscape, canoeing down jungle waterways and trekking up mountainous trails to discover the spine-tingling views from the top.

If you’re a fan of extreme or adventure sports, then this program will fill your flippers with more than enough excitement, with the opportunity for hiking, biking, snorkelling, fishing and more. And afterwards you can hit the chalet, or spend time relaxing on some of the finest sands you will ever introduce your feet to.



Accommodation is pleasantly rustic and dormitory-style in a beautiful clearing of the forest which has wildlife viewing opportunities that are second to none. There is a generator for electricity part of the day in the main buildings, hand washing laundry facilities, and running (cold) water, which means there are flushing toilets and refreshingly cool showers. You will sleep in dormitories, with up to 6 people per room.


All food is cooked and cleaning is done by the expedition team on a rotational basis. The food is basic, containing a lot of traditional rice and beans (Gallo Pinto, the national dish of Costa Rica), yet meat or fish is supplied around once a week, and most volunteers go to town to buy a pizza on the weekends. Supply trips by boat to the village of Tortuguero offer access to all basic amenities.

Age Range and Required Experience

You must be at least 18yrs old. Spanish is not essential, but a benefit. Spanish speaking participants find it beneficial as they are able to interact with other volunteers and locals. All volunteers should be physically fit for the demanding environment.


What's Included?

  • All food and accommodation
  • In country transportation to base
  • Expedition equipment and training
  • An emergency first aid course
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour emergency phone line.

What's Not Included?

  • International flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal drinks
  • Additional drinks and gratuities 
  • Extra local excursions 

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