Kekoldi, Costa Rica

Volunteer in Kekoldi

Join a team of international participants in the ancient jungles of Costa Rica.

GVI’s research station can be found in the middle Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve (KIR), which stretches from rainforest covered mountains across sustainable farmland. The reserve is protected by indigenous tribes, and home to some of the richest jungle habitats in the world. You’ll spend your time on-project surrounded by this breathtaking scenery and some truly remarkable wildlife, including such species as ocelots, Jaguarundi, howler monkeys, toucans, sloths and coati.

Critical science

Critical science

You'll contribute to vital conservation research targeted at protecting the earth's most valuable ecosystems.
Ethical engagement

Ethical engagement

Using the UN's SDGs as a framework, we've made a commitment to positive, constructive and sustainable impact.
Beautiful adventures

Beautiful adventures

You'll spend your days exploring some of the world's most breathtaking, exhilarating and remote wildernesses.

Kekoldi volunteer projects


Working closely with KIR and members of the community, your hands-on research efforts will contribute to the long-term sustainable conservation of the essential biodiversity of this stunning habitat. This includes hiking the jungle trails, conducting biodiversity surveys, checking camera traps for footage of wild cats, helping monitor sea turtle nests, and exploring the rainforest-filled mountains noting important bird species.

Save up to 15% on selected programs

Only valid until 31 December
Included in your program, at no extra cost

Make the most of our unique programs with these exclusively curated local adventure and wellness experiences.

Offered once a month, expand your adventure with GVI Experiences. These are just some of the activities offered on your program!
Cook traditional cuisine with local experts.
Learn how to weave your own hammock.
Reflection hike through the lush rainforest.
Waterfall hike through Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve.
Stargaze and learn about the constellations.
Wildlife photography in remote habitats.
Chocolate-making on a working cacao farm.
Panoramic views from a canopy tower.