Volunteering in Community Projects and Rural Tourism in the Osa Peninsula,
TOURISM Nature, Adventure, Culture & Communities (TNAC&C)
This is a program of 14 days, including participation in two different rural tourism projects and a weekend trip National Park Corcovado or Marina Ballena.
- Placements available: From 15 January – 15 December. All year!
- Location: Ojochal de Osa, Playa Hermosa and Agujitas, El Progreso, Rancho Quemado, La Palma.
- Duties: Support the rural tours as an important aid in preserving forest in the Osa Conservation Area. Focused on improving client service and English as important elements in tourism. Also active participation in related community projects as tree planting, handicrafts, recycling, beach and river clean ups, Facebook & blog contributions to promote the tours and the community.
- Accommodation: Private rooms in home stay houses related to the projects, include two meals per day. The home stay offers breakfast and one hot meal a day, this can be a late lunch or an early dinner, whatever you prefer.
- Start: Uvita, every Monday.
- Languages: A basic level of Spanish is required.
- Requirements: We are looking for volunteers aged 18 or over. You need to be friendly, enthusiastic, communicative and able to work for 4-6 hours per day. You must have your own travel medical insurance policy for the duration of your stay at the program.
- Cost: US$ 512 ($36.5 per night).
Great combination! Possible to extend with another of the rural tourism projects (US$ 36.5 per day) and /or combine with the turtle project (starting in Drake Bay / El Progreso every Tuesday) and/ or
Spanish class in Uvita, offered by our partner, Planet Conservation. One week US$ 335.- (20 hours in group or 15 hours private lessons), including home stay of 6 nights, learning material, two extra activities as Latin dance, yoga, cooking class). Entrance at Sunday, classes start on Monday till Friday.
The Corcovado Foundation established their new volunteer program in Tourism Nature, Adventure, Culture & Communities in 2015 based on the experiences with Osa Rural Tours, the tour operator of the first cooperative of rural tourism projects in the Osa Peninsula (COOPETURIC), to protect the rainforests of Costa Rica through strengthening eco-tourism and supporting families.
The TNAC&C program offers volunteers the opportunity to contribute to the sustainable development of the communities in general and the tourism projects in particular. These communities are neighboring the National park of Corcovado, the Golfo Dulce and the National Park of Marina Ballena, all three located in the South Pacific of Costa Rica. All are committed to conservation of their precious natural environment and choose rural tourism as a source of income, offering a mix of nature, culture and adventure to the visitors of the parks.
As a volunteer your work is to interchange English for Spanish, help the local providers with communication with visitors.
Fundación Corcovado developed a training manual to guide committed ´students (*) with obtaining communications skills in English, focused on tourism activities (lodging, tours, traditional foods, descriptions of the area, etc.
(*) students = the local people who want to learn by doing! it can be a girl of 10 years old who loves to go with the horse tours of her father, a teenager of 13 who loves to cook and helps out his grandmother with preparing plates, an adult who has been working on the field and never had the change to go to school but has a natural feel for guiding visitors in this natural wonderland.
Besides the English ‘while doing’ you will be participating in community projects as recycling, organic gardening, nursery of trees, trail / beach / river clean ups.
And while doing, you visit the national parks, do the tours and get to know the Costarican people.
Our strategy works to respect local communities and understand that with little access to infrastructure and markets, people often engage in the unsustainable activities as a matter of survival. We believe that through supporting eco-tourism, we can help to provide basic human needs while minimizing the impact of our activities on the environment.
By being a responsible visitor we are conserving!
Let’s introduce you to the communities and the volunteering experience.
Please complete the Volunteer Registration Form and send via email to email@example.com at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival. You will receive a confirmation email, along with a comprehensive Volunteer Orientation Manual with detailed information about transportation, what to bring and what to expect.
Payment for your stay must be received before you arrive. In order to pay, please use this secure link and select ‘Volunteer Program’.