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The Butterfly Conservatory has a volunteer program for persons who have a strong desire to make a difference by helping us heal Mother Earth; through giving your time and talent to specific projects. Our mission is demonstrating how nature can be restored in an area of previously cut rainforest, and the Project contains the largest Butterfly Exhibition in Costa Rica.
Our working language is Spanish, and improving your comprehension is part of the program.
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
The Project Vision is to become the best Learning Center for butterfly and nature regeneration in Costa Rica; by expanding and enhancing the various nature exhibitions and biodiversity demonstrations, to provide an educational resource in Costa Rica that people can visit and appreciate for years to come. (We are not a traditional farm, and only raise limited quantities of organic food for personal consumption. Also our animals are butterflies and frogs along with a growing list of wild creatures and birds that are beginning to habitat with us).
The primary work our volunteers perform is guiding visitors through the Project.
Our training program for volunteers will build your knowledge of butterflies, tropical frogs, and plants so that you learn to become a Docent Nature Guide at the Conservatory. Volunteers assist tourist visitors from around the world, to understand more about the balance of nature and to inspire these guests to do something positive for the Planet when they return home.
Additionally you may be ask to help with regular maintenance on trails, or with special projects, along with learning how we plant and create the trees and other types of shrubs, herbs, and ferns growing within our gardens and forested areas.
You may also have the opportunity to work on a personal project that will allow you to express your talents freely.
English and Spanish
Our volunteer house is large and spacious, but built in typical Costa Rica style and is basic. You will have a private bedroom for your convenience, and there will be up to 4 other persons that share the rest of the house, such as the common living areas, kitchen, terraces, and large back yard with spring fed river running through it. Not everyone is vegetarian, but none are smokers... and no party animals please.
There is dedicated broad band internet service available in the Volunteer House.
Cooking is done in the kitchen of the Volunteer House by yourself or with other volunteers. You will receive a food allowance each day to assist you with buying the types of food that you want to eat.
The Butterfly Conservatory is located in the remote village of El Castillo 26km from La Fortuna, in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano and on the shores of Lake Arenal. The village is small and rural, but it is safe and an area of natural beauty. You will likely meet and make new friends while here with us.
There are lake activities, several water falls in the area, and rainforest trails that can be explored in your time off.
There is bus service to and from La Fortuna 4 times a day, that make the many other types of adventure activities in the area available on your days off.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week