Go on an Ecological and Educational Adventure
Volunteering, internships and research scholarships
Planning a student educational trip to Costa Rica? Our amazing country has so much to offer students, with more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity, multiple climate zones, awe-inspiring natural beauty, and a fun, friendly local culture.
The Veragua Rainforest welcomes high school and university student groups traveling to Costa Rica throughout the year. We also receive educational groups from local schools and universities.
One of the goals of our organization is to promote citizen science and, together with the local community, visitors, volunteers, and national and international students, achieve our objectives. For this reason, we have developed a volunteer program adapted to people of any age, condition, or educational level. The possibilities range from specific collaborations in our ecosystem restoration projects, biodiversity monitoring, or environmental education strategy; to participation as a research assistant in the NGO’s prioritized projects, including internships and research scholarships that contribute to the professional development of young conservationists. Our programs incorporate STEM educational elements of the natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics in a hands-on learning experience.
Suppose you want to be part of our team and contribute to protecting one of the world’s valuable ecosystems for human well-being. In that case, you can find information here about how to apply to our different programs.
We Offer:An excellent educational opportunity for students and educators to engage in hands-on research of rainforest life working closely with our resident biologists. Our nature reserve features a research station, wildlife habitats, walking trails, a river and waterfall, a Sky Gondola, a canopy zip line tour, group accommodations, and a restaurant and souvenir shop.
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It was great to see you and see everything you are doing, and to see the reserve. We were impressed with your Cruziohyla calcarifer work. It was great to see the lemur frogs too! You guys have such a diversity of species, the visit was inspirational.
This has been such an amazing experience. I cannot say enough how friendly and knowledgeable ALL of our staff were. I appreciate so much the opportunity for Veragua to open their doors for us and allow us to experience all that happens here. The access to the research + the researchers as well as the forest are something, we are so fortunate to be part of. I cannot thank everyone at Veragua + Ecoteach enough for the once in a lifetime experience.
“We loved our visit to Veragua. The opportunity to participate on some of the research projects was a great experience for our students. Thank you so much!”
Veragua Rainforest: An Anole Mecca. The frog diversity is so great, it almost rivals the anoles in interest”. Veragua is much more than a fun place to stop-over. They have basic dormitory facilities for classes and researchers, more importantly, incredible biodiversity. A combination of primary and secondary rainforest, Veragua’s 1300 hectares are adjacent to the Chirripó National Park, an enormous park that is part of the Amistad International Park shared with Panama. As a result, the species richness is outstanding.
As a pure tourist, I would highly recommend this site. It is closest to my idea (from novels or books) of a tropical rainforest. A tremendous experience. But as a scientist (biologist), I found the research laboratory and possibilities for biological research incredible. The possibility for interaction between the scientific community and this institution are very good. Veragua can contribute to our knowledge on the biology of Costa Rica. The young people (Jose, Andrés Wagner, Huber), are to be given excellent credit and reviews. Please promote and encourage their Studies!
It was a real pleasure to get to know the Reserve. The hospitality and receptivity were wonderful. The crustaceous diversity was enormous. The research done by Jose, Andres, and all the team members, were very professional and qualified.
We stayed only two days, but we were impressed by the possibility to do research. It is a great place with a very good infrastructure. The scientific personnel are great, starting with Jose Salazar, the research coordinator. I will write a proposal with UCR (University of Costa Rica, to do research here).