Butterfly Farm Project Volunteer in Costa Rica!

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Green Life VolunteersPuerto Jimenez, Puntarenas CR


INTRO: Would you like to help a great new project to get off their feet? Do you like working outdoors and plant trees? Do you love butterflies? Then the Butterfly farm project is ideal for you.

DETAILS: The butterfly farm is a rainforest conservation and environmental education project in Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula. The butterfly enclosure is now stocked with butterflies. The gardens include an extensive collection of plants that attract butterflies and wildlife, medicinal plants, and food crops that have been ecologically integrated into the forest habitat. A major focus of the project is butterflies (order Lepidoptera) because of their importance to the rainforest ecosystem. Many butterfly species are at risk of population collapse due to loss of habitat, pollution, and climate change. By actively protecting and educating about butterflies, all the rainforest benefits. Butterflies are widely loved and it is easy to understand why they need protection, which makes them a great topic to lead in to teach about biodiversity and the complex relationships in the environment that support a healthy forest. The project also teaches these concepts in workshops at local schools and host school field trips with local and visiting students. The project is committed to community development and promotes participation and interaction with nature to bring awareness, understanding, and action for rainforest conservation.

VOLUNTEER DUTIES: Gardening work includes planting, soil preparation, filling plant bags, weeding, harvest, irrigation, seed processing, etc.

Butterfly tasks include egg and caterpillar collection, trap monitoring, butterfly tagging and mapping, host plant propagation and collection. School groups visit the property on average 1-3 times per month (January-September) and we participate in school workshops and activities about once a month (January-October).

Volunteers will support the tour leader and may be asked to help develop activities. Transportation from the project site to the local schools is provided for volunteers.

Soft skills: plant propagation, seed processing, egg and caterpillar collection, butterfly trap monitoring, data collection/entry, plant pruning, design exhibits, computer work.

Hard skills: digging, sifting soil, moving soil/planting bags/rocks, working with basic tools and construction. The heat is difficult to work in, so we take plenty of breaks and provide shade and water.

QUALIFICATIONS: As a volunteer on this project you should not be afraid to get your hands dirty! You’ll be working outdoors and within nature. You should have a desire to learn about butterflies and their conservation, and be happy to show around kids and tourists. It is not necessary to speak Spanish on this project, as the project managers do speak English.

DATES: The project is accepting help year around.

LOCATION: The project is located in Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. The project is located on around 2 hectares of restored secondary forest that includes a 25×35 meter enclosed butterfly habitat and botanical gardens.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: The Butterfly farm project offers two options for accommodation: you can stay on the project site in a special volunteer house, shared with other volunteers. If you stay in the volunteer house you’ll prepare your own meals. OR you can choose to stay in a host family. The host family is a Costa Rican family in Puerto Jimenez, closely located to the butterfly farm (walking distance). Food is Costa Rican typical food cooked for you and prepared by your host family. You’ll all eat together in a common space at certain hours. Usually breakfast will be around 6-7am, lunch around 12:00pm, and dinner around 6pm.

FEES: First week’s fee: $ 449. Every Additional Week: $ 149.

FEES EXPLAINED: Our organizational fee of around 299$ is included in the first week’s fee and covers the "behind the scenes costs", such as staff salaries, office space rental, transaction and bank fees, and more. Our weekly fee for additional weeks covers the costs of your host family or project accommodation and food, the local staff on your project, and a donation to help with the daily running costs of the program you will help on.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE: First and last night in San Jose in a hostel, travel to and from the international airport (airport shuttles are around 30$ each way to San Jose - We can set this up for you, just ask us during sign-up), travel to the project site (usually by public buses, which are from around 10-16$ one way), national/ International flights, travel insurance, visa costs, Any additional food or snacks besides the host family meals, extra-curricular activities.

MORE INFO, VIDEO AND PHOTOS: http://www.glvolunteers.com/butterfly-farm/

APPLY: www.glvolunteers.com/apply/


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