Come to Costa Rica for your internship in ecology and environment, within a partner organisation. This project allows you to have a lasting and positive impact on the region’s ecosystem, in addition to benefiting from a professional experience. This is an ideal opportunity to learn internationally, in a multicultural team, while contributing to environmental conservation. You will benefit from in-depth advice from an experienced specialist who will guide you and evaluate your progress throughout the course.
By joining the local internship team, you will discover the region's particularly rich environment and learn to identify species and conservation strategies. The environmental ecology internship in Costa Rica, like all our environmental internship programs, allows you to gain university credits while having a positive and sustainable impact on the region's ecosystem.
It includes a more in-depth follow-up with a theoretical part that adds to the practical experience in the field. In addition to receiving the necessary ECTS credits to validate your year, at the end of the program you will obtain an international certification recognised and delivered by the University of Richmond, in the United States. You will have two online course modules to complete before the field mission, to prepare you for the project. During but also after the internship, you will benefit from professional support: a specialised internship supervisor will follow your work and give you a final evaluation, and you will have access to a job portal in NGOs as well as a recommendation from your internship supervisor on LinkedIn.
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This environmental project abroad will allow the participants to acquire methods of observation of flora and fauna in Costa Rica, but especially to put into practice means of data collection that aim to study animal behaviours in the area covered by the partner organisation. The data collected will be sent directly to the Costa Rican Ministry of the Environment and will be used to take measures to protect the country's threatened species.
The National Park in Costa Rica is home to many species of birds. The study project of our partner organisation consists of recognising and collecting data on the different species present in the nature reserve. This information will facilitate the analysis of the Costa Rican ecosystem and support the government's conservation and protection efforts.
- Work in protected national parks and the most beautiful natural reserves in Costa Rica.
- Integrate into an international community of volunteers and scientists.
- Discover new facets of the wildlife and habitats of the animals that inhabit the rainforest.
- Acquire technical skills: video recording, data collection and analysis.
- Get exclusive team management training approved by the internationally recognised Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
The degradation of the habitat and food sources of the animals of Costa Rica is mainly caused by human interference. The studies carried out through this environmental project abroad (prey, feeding, trajectories...) allow the Government of Costa Rica to apply sustainable measures. At the global level, encouraging results have been observed in recent years. Participate in the behavioural study of these animals through this course in ecology and environment.
In 2015, our humanitarian mission in Costa Rica (educational program with children) was featured on the renowned National Geographic Traveler 50 Experiences list. This project is always very popular with volunteers who want to engage in a sustainable humanitarian mission and learn Spanish at the same time.
For more information, see '50 Tours of a Lifetime' from National Geographic Traveler.
Our partner organisation sits on the United Nations International Commission on Sustainable Tourism. All their initiatives and volunteer projects are led by experts in collaboration with the local population and national governments.
As a non-profit organisation, our conservation project is completely transparent. Volunteer contributions are used to cover on-reserve project planning (reconnaissance, team recruitment and logistical support), direct field costs (transportation, lodging, staff meals) and finally to support the project itself. Without the physical and financial help of volunteers, this project would not have been possible.