Rainforest Exploration and Biodiversity in Costa Rica

Conduct biodiversity research in rainforests along the vibrant and diverse Caribbean coast.

Durations: 2 - 12 weeks
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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.

Program information

On this program, participants will hike through the rainforests of Cahuita National Park conducting biodiversity surveys. Data from these surveys assists park management and the Costa Rican government with making decisions about the effective sustainable management of the area.

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Program overview

Join a team of international participants stationed in the heart of Cahuita National Park. Observe rainforest species in their natural environment, noting species type and abundance to assist the Costa Rican government with understanding the health of the habitat and assist them with managing conservation efforts in the region.

You will be trained in how to identify a wide range of species identified as important by the Costa Rican government including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians and learn how to input this information into the database we have being building to prove the benefits of reforestation.

In addition, you may be asked to assist with endangered sea turtle, jaguar, and aquatic bird research projects. Our request for you to work on these projects will depend on the time of year, current number of participants, and the needs of our local partners. We ensure that all our work contributes to long-term sustainable conservation goals.

Taking part in a GVI program, like the rainforest exploration and biodiversity conservation volunteer program in Costa Rica, shows college admissions advisors and employers that you are committed to your personal and professional development. All GVI volunteer programs provide volunteers with a range of specific technical and transferable professional skills. In the case of this conservation volunteer program, you will earn training and work experience allowing you to explore the field of wildlife conservation as a career path. You will also learn teamwork and intercultural communication skills that can be used in any vocation you choose to pursue in the future.

We pride ourselves on the development of global citizens, those who are aware of sustainable development issues and goals as well as the importance of cross-cultural and cross-border collaboration, and connecting them to other changemakers around the world.

Due to the fact you will work in a national park, you will need special scientific permit to approve you for conducting research. Further permits are required for turtle and jaguar research. The permit for turtle research takes about one month to process, while the permit for conducting jaguar research takes about 2 to 3 months to process.

Highlights

  • Make new friends from all over the world who share your passion for conservation.
  • Call a Costa Rican National Park your adventure-filled home during your stay.
  • Explore a remarkable coastal rainforest environment.
  • Learning more about bird species, sea turtles, monkeys, reptiles, and amphibians.
  • Visit an incredibly jaguar-dense area and one of the only locations in the world where jaguars are known to prey on adult sea turtles.
  • Gaining practical experience in the field, setting you up for a career in conservation.

Program details

Dates and prices

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COVID-19 flexibility. If COVID-19 prevents you from travelling, change your location and dates free of charge.
Payment plans. Flexible payment plans allow you to pay in instalments.

What happens next?

Once you apply, a personal Enrollment Manager will be assigned to walk you through the rest of the process.

What’s included?

What's Included
General
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24-hour emergency desk
24-hour in-country support
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
All project equipment
Food (except on long-term internship placements
Safe and basic accommodation (usually shared)
Pre-program training
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Group introductory call
Welcome presentation
Endorsed GVI Specialisation Course
Endorsed Leadership Course
Project work
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Sustainable project work
Leadership responsibilities
Data collection and research
Real projects with partners
Remote support
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Program training
Weekly group check ins
Remote Academic Internship Supervisor
Remote Career Internship Supervisor
Post-program
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Preferential recruitment on GVI positions
Job portal access
Endorsed Careers Course
Career coaching sessions
Certificates and achievements
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PDF reference - upon request
Linkedin reference and skills endorsement
What's Excluded
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Additional drinks and gratuities
Extra local excursions
Flights
International and domestic airport taxes
Medical and travel insurance
Personal items and toiletries
Police or background check
Visa costs

Life On Base

Unplug and get in touch with nature in Cahuita National Park. Situated in the heart of the jungle on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, our Cahuita base is a photographer’s dream. During field work, you’ll walk the beaches looking for signs of turtles and jaguars, and travel by canoe through foliage-draped canals spotting aquatic bird species. While trekking through the jungle, you’re likely to see howler monkeys and toucans. Sloths and tamanduas (a type of anteater) also live in the jungle, but due to their elusive nature, you’re unlikely to spot them during your stay. Morning patrols feature spectacular sunrises over the Caribbean sea, and night walks reveal a star-filled sky. In their free time, GVI staff and team members from all around the world relax at the base. For those with a passion for wildlife and conservation, Cahuita is the ideal location.

Accommodation

Our base is located in the Cahuita National Park, with a beach right on your doorstep. Sleeping areas are dorm-style and bathrooms are shared. Wh...

Transportation

For project work, you’ll only need your feet, although canoes might be available for canal bird surveys. To participate in the turtle project, yo...

Communication

While reception can be unpredictable due to our location in the park, participants can travel into town where there is WiFi. There’s also the opt...

Meals

Many of our ingredients are brought in from a little store in Cahuita. Breakfast consists of fruits, porridge and pancakes on Saturdays. Lunches ...

Climate

Costa Rica is a tropical country, with a climate ranging from warm and rainy to hot and humid. Being a rainforest, the weather is highly variable...

Fitness

The program is physically demanding. Every day during turtle season, a survey party goes out for roughly 5 kilometres (on sand) in the heat, expo...

COVID-19 Safety

Enhanced cleaning and social-distancing measures in place.

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GVI experiences

We want you to make the most of the chance to live in – and contribute towards –  the most diverse and unique wildernesses and communities on earth. Introducing GVI Experiences – immersive adventure, cultural and wellness activities exclusive to GVI that have been specially designed in collaboration with our local partners to support and stimulate sustainable economic development. 

Enhance your impact. Expand your adventure. Explore your world.

Exclusive local GVI experiences
Learn to pick and husk a coconut
Learn to pick and husk a coconut
Where coconuts bloom
Visit the world's oldest sea turtle research group
Visit the world's oldest sea turtle research group
Land of the turtle
Meditate on the beach at sunrise
Meditate on the beach at sunrise
Greet the divine
Take a jungle nightwalk and frog watch
Take a jungle nightwalk and frog watch
Calls in the dark
Canoe along jungle river canals at dawn
Canoe along jungle river canals at dawn
Canal commune
Stargaze and learn the northern constellations
Stargaze and learn the northern constellations
Your North Star
Hike an extinct volcano, Cerro Tortuguero
Hike an extinct volcano, Cerro Tortuguero
The volcano sleeps
Visit a sustainable chocolate farm
Visit a sustainable chocolate farm
Food of the gods

Free time

Joining a GVI program not only allows you to collaborate with communities or work toward preserving unique ecosystems – but it also offers plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding area or travel further to see what other parts of the region have to offer over weekends.

Field staff are a great source of advice and have helped us put together the following information on local travel options. You can choose to travel before or after your experience with GVI (subject to immigration restrictions), solidifying the lifetime friendships you’ve established on the program. Please note that the below options are not included in the program fee, and would be up to you to arrange at your own expense.

Weekend Trips

San Jose

Spend the weekend in Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose. You could visit one of the city’s many museums or parks, join a guided food and w...

Puerto Viejo

Just south of Cahuita National Park is one of the most popular beach destinations on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. This town is known for Pu...

Tortuguero National Park

Head north up the coast to Tortuguero National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful national parks. The name “Tortuguero” can be transl...

White water rafting

Organise an adrenaline-inducing journey over the rapids of the Pacuare River. The beautiful Turrialba regi...

Local Adventures

Snorkelling

Cahuita National Park is home to the biggest and best-preserved coral reef in Costa Rica. Part of the park’s protected area extends into the ocea...

Sloth Sanctuary

Book a tour of the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

Photography and videography

There are endless opportunities around the base for wildlife photography. Staff and other participants often bring camera equipment with them – a...

Learning/studies

There’s a small library with lots of textbooks and flashcards for species study and identification practice, as well as educational materials abo...

Physical activities

Frisbee, volleyball, yoga and pretty much any exercise can be done on the beach. There’s also a ping-pong table on base.

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Stargazing

An advantage of our remote location is the lack of air pollution. This means that on a clear night, you can look up and enjoy a sky filled with s...

Games night

Card games are a part of the culture on base. Whether you’re already a master or have never played before, be sure to join a game night – or even...

Book collection

We’ve added many good books to our on-base library over the years. Pick one that looks interesting, find a spot overlooking the ocean and lose yo...

Movie nights

Join staff and other participants for movie nights. We set up the projector and make some popcorn. Do you like your popcorn sweet or salty?

Birding or frogging

Our base is home to a variety of bird and frog species. Fellow participants are likely to be just as passionate about conservation and the natura...

Secluded Caribbean beach

We’re based very close to the beach, which means you might be able to hear the waves as you fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning. If y...

Further Travels

Water sports

Surfing, windsurfing and kayaking are just some of the many water s...

Coffee and chocolate farms

Learn more about how the raw products of these everyday treats are produced at one of Costa Rica’s many coffee and chocolate farms.

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Talamanca mountains

Explore the natural wonders of the Talamanca mountain range, including the UNESCO-protected La Amistad International Park. Hiring a guide is nece...

Other national parks

Travel to a few of Costa Rica’s many other National Parks, like Manuel Antonio Park, Corcovado National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (wh...

Cultural Immersion

Engaging intimately with a new context teaches global awareness, adaptability and critical thinking – skills highly valued in the modern marketplace. Local and cultural immersion is encouraged on all our programs around the world, and will also be one of the most enjoyable aspects of your experience. Luckily, there are many different activities that you can get involved in during your free time, or before and after your program.

On our community programs, the focus is on cultural topics, while on marine or wildlife programs the emphasis is more on the environmental element. Use your evenings and weekends to explore topics like local cuisine and religion, or how sustainable development challenges are affecting local contexts.

Cahuita Town

Close to the small beach town of Cahuita, our base is located within the Cahuita National Park (CNP). Co-managed by the community, participants h...

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a wildlife lover’s paradise, featuring one of the highest biodiversities in the world, approximately 4% of the total species on the...

Testimonials

Jake Modica

06 Mar, 2019

The Jalova base camp is located in one of the Earth’s biodiversity hotspots. I could step out of my dorm to be greeted by any number of fascinating species, and always present is t ...

Munib Khanyari

15 Aug, 2018

Early in January 2013, I sat in a plane destined to Costa Rica with a confused yet excited mind. I had put everything in my life on hold and chosen to follow my heart... all the wa ...

Jessica Guenther

15 Aug, 2018

In 2014 I went to Costa Rica. This trip was a new beginning for me and I discovered my passion for conservation. Jalova-the place I was going to live for the next month. Running w ...

Speak to alumni

If you’d like to find out what the experience of joining a GVI project is really like, simply contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our many Alumni.

We’ll try to match you to an Alum based on your location, nationality, age, stage of academic career, gender, and program interests. This allows you to gain insights into the experience that is most relevant to you.

Depending on your location you might be able to speak to an Alum over the phone or online, or meet up with them face-to-face at a coffee shop nearby. We also run a series of small events around the world where you can speak to GVI Alumni, Ambassadors and staff members.

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Parent Info

‘If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways,’ says Chris Heritage, parent of Luke Heritage, one of our teen volunteers who has participated on two GVI programs, one in Costa Rica and another in South Africa.

We are a parent-run organisation that is incredibly serious about health and safety, and increasing the impact, as well as the long-term career benefits of our programs. Our programs help young people develop the skills to select a career path that is personally fulfilling, and live a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and the global community.

Ken and Linda Jeffrey, whose son Sam volunteered with GVI in Thailand, talk about how the experience affected Sam. He also went on to volunteer with GVI again in South Africa. ‘I know it sounds like a cliche but in a sense, he did go away as a boy and he came back as a young man. Both of us could recommend GVI without any hesitation to any other parent thinking about exploring an opportunity for their children to explore the world and to see different parts of it.’

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Download the Parent Pack and learn more about:

Our staff: All our projects are run by staff, selected, vetted, trained, and managed by our central office.
Health and safety: Our safety practices include a child and vulnerable adult protection policy and high participant ratios.
Staying in touch: See what’s happening on base, by following a hub’s dedicated Facebook page.
Free parent consultations: We would love to talk to you about exciting opportunities available for your child.

Arrivals

When it comes to support, we ensure that each participant is provided with unparalleled, 360 degree support, from your initial contact with the GVI Family, all the way through your program, and even after, as you become part of the GVI Alumni Team.

As part of this promise, we will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. In most locations, we also set up a Whatsapp group to help with managing airport arrivals. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.

COVID-19 safety

Enhanced cleaning and social-distancing measures in place.

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Flights

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Your Impact

All of our programs have short-, mid- and long-term objectives that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualise their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Prior to your arrival on base, you will be educated about the UN SDGs. Then once you arrive on base, you’ll learn about the specific goals we have in this particular location, our various objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to be an active global citizen after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Cahuita National Park is a key area for many interlinked conservation efforts. It’s a popular nesting area for vulnerable and endangered sea turtles. It’s a natural stronghold for jaguars, and the different landscapes within the park is a haven for different bird species. The park is home to several species which have been identified as important for the health of the local ecosystem and global diversity by the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (ICE).

Rainforest Biodiversity Surveys

We assist ICE with conducting a Biological Assessment Survey of the four major habitat types around our area of the park. We note a wide range of species on our surveys, including the rain frog, red-eyed treefrog, three species of toucan, spider monkey, mantled howler monkey, white-lipped peccary, eyelash palm pit viper and Baird’s tapir (due to its elusive nature, this species is rarely encountered). Staff and participants walk marked paths in the forest, noting sightings, tracks and vocalisations. Only species identified with 100% certainty can be recorded. The data is sent to ICE, who uses a standardised methodology to monitor the condition of each trail over time. This helps them to understand the health of the local environment and whether their current conservation efforts are working.

Sea Turtle Research

We also assist the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) with sea turtle research and protection by patrolling the beach, and assisting in hatchery opportunities – using internationally recognised protocols – during turtle nesting and hatching season (from around March to December each year). 

From April to October, a team walks the beach each night looking for nesting sea turtles. Depending on the time of year, you might not see a single turtle, or you might see multiple turtles in one night. When a turtle is encountered, different kinds of research activities might be carried out, depending on what stage of the nesting process she is in – emerging from the sea, selecting a nest site, digging a body pit, digging her egg chamber to lay her eggs, covering her egg chamber, disguising her nest, or returning to sea. This might include checking for distinctive markings to see if she’s been to the beach before and making a note for future researchers if she returns, tagging her flippers, measuring her carapace, counting her eggs, marking her nest, or checking for abnormalities in the mother turtle or eggs.

From April to November, a team patrols the beach during the day to look for previously-marked nests to determine whether any of them have hatched, been eroded by the sea, been attacked by predators (like raccoons, white-nosed coatis or ghost crabs), or been poached by humans. This information is used to investigate whether any areas of the beach are more susceptible to nest loss. Depending on the season, we also take note of mother turtle tracks from the previous night.

Between June and December, hatched nests are excavated to determine hatchling success and survival rates, the reason for losses in egg development, and the actual status of the nests, including whether or not they were partially or fully poached.

Throughout the year, our teams carry out beach cleanups, ensuring there’s a good nesting place for mother turtles, and an uninterrupted passage for hatchlings to make their way to the sea.

Jaguar Population and Predation Research

The jaguar is the only member of the Panthera or “big cat” genus found in the Western Hemisphere. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has given the jaguar the status of being “near threatened”. 

We assist SINAC with identifying the availability of prey species in the area, noting any changes in jaguar feeding behaviour, and determining whether jaguars prey on sea turtles in this area, as they are known to do in other areas. The predation of marine turtles by jaguars has an impact on marine turtle populations and this information assists SINAC to develop well-rounded and consistent conservation policies within the national parks. 

Direct observations of jaguars can be very difficult to achieve because of their elusive nature. Several projects of elusive species worldwide have turned to remote observation techniques in order to estimate population sizes. Camera trapping projects have been used to estimate tiger density within national parks in India. Projects in Costa Rica such as the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network, and the Jaguar Project in Corcovado National Park have had success with camera trapping of jaguars. Since 2006 we have assisted the jaguar camera trap program in Tortuguero, by collecting data for them, and we are going to implement the same techniques in Cahuita National Park, which borders the jaguar corridor. It is constantly evolving as new, more effective methodologies are developed.

Aquatic Bird Research

We monitor aquatic bird species identified by SINAC as important indicators of the overall ecological health of the National Park. These include exotic species like the neotropic cormorant, the rufescent tiger-heron, the cattle egret, the green ibis and the amazon kingfisher. Species are identified and specifics such as their sex and breeding behaviour are noted. 

This project aims to help researchers and governmental authorities understand when and where resident species migrate to. It’s generally believed that seasonal migration takes place within Costa Rica. We are the only organisation to study birds in the National Park. Each volunteer has a great impact on the preservation of the wetlands, a recognised RAMSAR site. The project also helps SINAC with developing an accurate management plan for Cahuita National Park. In addition, we collect information on all incidental species seen on the canals. Sightings of megafauna like endangered manatees are extremely important to SINAC as they provide evidence towards justifying the boundaries of the National Park and whether to extend them.

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Project objectives

 

GVI Cahuita’s long-term objectives:

1. Increase scientific knowledge of Cahuita National Park.

2. Increase awareness of GVI’s Cahuita projects and the ecological value of the Cahuita National Park.

3. Build local capacity to support long-term conservation of biodiversity and sustainable community development in Costa Rica.

4. Minimise our environmental impact on Cahuita National Park and raise awareness of environmental issues amongst volunteers and visitors.

Publications

The best decisions in international development and conservation cannot be made without accurate and up-to-date data or informed research. Our many field teams around the world collaborate with local and international partners to analyse data and draw conclusions. In addition, many of our participants have used research they have collected on their various GVI projects to complete their Masters, Doctorate, or postdoctoral studies. We also run a fellowship program which connects postdoctoral researchers at globally-respected universities with our many sustainable development programs around the world to support their research and ensure continuous improvement of our best practices on base.

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‘The aquatic avifauna of Tortuguero: the findings of GVI Costa Rica, 2007-2009’
Conference Poster
2010

Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation Symposium

Author(s)
Richard Bull, Stephanny Arroyo Arce, David Jones and Rebeca Chaverri
‘Jaguar (Panthera onca) activity on the beach of Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica.’
Thesis
2011

Bachelor thesis

Author(s)
Erik Rosendahl
‘Observaciones de la avifauna en el area de Jalova en el anyo 2010 en el Parque Nacional Tortuguero.’
Scientific Report
2011

Zeledonia, Boletin de la Asociacion Ornitologica de Costa Rica

Author(s)
Jonathan Groom
‘Jaguar Panthera onca predation of marine turtles: conflict between flagship species in Tortuguero, Costa Rica.’
Journal Article
2012

Fauna & Flora International, Oryx

Author(s)
D. Veríssimo, D. A. Jones, R. Chaverri And S. R. Meyer
‘Comparaciones en tecnicas de valoracion de la Biodiversidad en el Parque Nacional Tortuguero.’
Scientific Poster
2014

IV congreso Mesoamericano de Areas Protegidas

Author(s)
Heather Jane Gilbert, Frank Spooner, Michael Park
‘Relacion depredador-presa: depredacion de jaguar sobre presas terrestres y tortugas marinas, Parque Nacional Tortuguero’
Scientific Poster
2014

IV congreso Mesoamericano de Areas Protegidas

Author(s)
Stephanny Arroyo-Arce, Ian Thompson, Frank Spooner, Mariliana Leotta, Katherine Cutler
‘Habitat features influencing jaguar Panthera onca (Carnivora: Felidae) occupancy in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica.’
Scientific Poster
2014

Rev. Biol. Trop

Author(s)
Stephanny Arroyo-Arce1*, James Guilder2 & Roberto Salom-Pérez
‘Impact of jaguar Panthera onca (Carnivora: Felidae) predation on marine turtle populations in Tortuguero, Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.’
Scientific Poster
2015

Revistar de Biologia Tropical

Author(s)
Stephanny Arroyo-Arce1,2* & Roberto Salom-Pérez3
‘Six years of conservation efforts in the South of Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica’
Popular Scientific
2016

36th Annual symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation

Author(s)
Alejandra Carvallo
‘King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) scavenging at green turtle (Chelonia mydas) carcasses in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica.’
Scientific Publication
2016

Vulture News

Author(s)
Stephanny Arroyo-Arce1*, Ian Thomson1 & Kat Cutler
‘Working on Conservation's frontline.’
Conference Poster
2016

Biological Sciences Review eMagazine

Author(s)
Raphael Coleman
‘Effects of weather events on incubation periods in green sea turtles in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica.’
Conference Poster
2017

37th Annual symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation

Author(s)
Alejandra Carvallo
‘Accumulation and changes in species found withing the Southern end of Trotugeuro National Park, Costa Rica for the past 6 years.’
Conference Poster
2016

Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation Symposium Belize 2016

Author(s)
Megan Brett
‘Volunteering for conservation: You are the difference’
Conference Poster
2010

Volunteering for conservation: You are the difference

Author(s)
Diogo Verissimo, Sara Calcada, David Jones
‘First record of Puma concolor (Carnivora:Felidae) in Tortuguero National Park.’
Scientific Publication
2014

Brenesia

Author(s)
Stephanny Arroyo-Arce1 & Roberto Salom-Pérez3
‘First record of jaguar (Panthera onca) predation on a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica’
Scientific Publication
2017

Herpetology Notes

Author(s)
Stephanny Arroyo-Arce1,*, Ian Thomson1, Emma Harrison2, Stephanie Wilmott3 and Grant Baker3
‘Feeding habits of the jaguar Panthera onca (Carnivora: Felidae) in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica.’
Scientific Publication
2018

Tropical Biology

Author(s)
Stephanny Arroyo-Arce1*, 2, Ian Thomson1, Kat Cutler3 & Stephanie Wilmott3
‘Playa Norte Marine Turtle Conservation & Monitoring Programme.’
Field Report
2008

Playa Norte Green Season Report 2008

Author(s)
Wing Tsui, Diogo Veríssimo, David Jones & Rebeca Chaverri
‘Playa Norte Marine Turtle Conservation & Monitoring Programme.’
Field Report
2008

Playa Norte Green Leatherback season Report 2008

Author(s)
Wing Tsui, Diogo Veríssimo, David Jones & Rebeca Chaverri
‘Playa Norte Marine Turtle Conservation & Monitoring Programme.’
Field Report
2008

Leatherback season report 2009

Author(s)
Stephanny Arroyo Arce David Aneurin Jones
‘Population dynamic between Coastal jaguars (Panthera Oca), sea turtles and nest predators in Tortuguero Costa Rica.’
Field Report

28th International Sea turtle Symposium

Author(s)
Stephany Butera, Jaime Restrepo
‘Impact of Jaguar’s Predation on the Population of Sea Turtles in the Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica.’
Scientific Publication
2017

Mesoamericana – Revista Oficial de la Sociedad Mesoamericana para la Biologia y la Conservacion

Author(s)
Ian Thomson1, Stephanny Arroyo-Arce1, Danny Guy2, Grace Walburn2, Roberto Salom-Pérez3
‘Social Dynamics of Jaguar Population in the National Park Tortuguero, Costa Rica.’
Scientific Publication
2017

Mesoamericana – Revista Oficial de la Sociedad Mesoamericana para la Biologia y la Conservacion

Author(s)
Stephanny Arroyo-Arce1, Ian Thomson1, Danny Guy2, Grace Walburn2Salom-Pérez3
‘Accumulation and Changes in Species found within the Southern end of Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica, for the past 7 years.’
Scientific Publication
2017

Mesoamericana – Revista Oficial de la Sociedad Mesoamericana para la Biologia y la Conservacion

Author(s)
Brett Megan & Hawkins Victoria
‘Priceless Monitoring without cost:the significance of incidental detection of species in conservation efforts.’
Conference
2010

Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation Symposium

Author(s)
David Jones, Diogo Verisimio, Rebeca Chaverri
‘Jaguar predation on marine turtles: multilateral threats on flagship species.’
Conference Poster
2009

International Sea Turtle Symposium

Author(s)
David Jones, Diogo Verisimio, Rebeca Chaverri
‘Ecotourism overflow: local implications of restrictive conservation management.’
Conference Poster
2009

XXIII Mesoamerican society for Biology and conservation Symposium, Belize

Author(s)
Sarah Durose, David Jones, Rebeca Chaverri
Coastal Jaguar Conservation Annual Achievement Report
Achievement Report
2018
Author(s)
Stephanny Arroyo Arce, Ian Thomson
GVI Costa Rica Jalova Annual Achievement Report
Annual Report
2019
Author(s)
Stephanny Arroyo Arce and Ian Thomson
Precipitous decline of white-lipped peccary populations in Mesoamerica
Scientific Publication
2020
Author(s)
D. Thornton, et al.

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.

 

We want to constantly develop our own understanding of ethical best practice. In so doing, we aim to provide an exemplary industry standard for other education institutions, international development organisations, and social enterprises. Our Badge of Ethics stands for the drive to always do good, better. Find out more, click on the Badge below.