Pacific and Caribbean conservation program
This expedition will give you the opportunity to join a real marine research project and contribute to global marine conservation as well as live the experience of being on an organic farm in wilds of Costa Rica.
In the first part of the expedition, in the Pacuare Nature Reserve on the
Caribbean coast of Costa Rica you will be working as a research assistant
to the Science coordinator Marga López. You will have the opportunity to
work directly with leatherback turtles adult females and hatchlings.
You'll so be involved in the experimental hatchery work and with already
hatched marine turtles. These experiments will contribute to raising of data
for the NOA conservation project.
After the Pacuare nature Reserve, you will experience living for few days in
an organic farm where you'll learn about permaculture, horticulture,
land-revegetation, native seeds preservation and biodinamics,
while you enjoy the peaceful Costa Rican lifestyle. I hope this will be
a unique and wonderful opportunity for you to learn to live again
in harmony with the natural world.
During the second part of the expedition, you will take part of the following
projects in Drake Bay: marine mammal ethology and monitoring program,
river and streams biomonitoring and environmental education.
In this expedition you will navigate by boat with our marine biologists
the beautiful Pacific Ocean offshore Drake Bay, to monitor the whales and
dolphins species encountered while you are having the stunning views
of the tropical Caño island offshore Drake Bay. There will be afternoon
lectures on topics such as cetaceans (biology, ecology and conservation),
wildlife photography and shark conservation.
It will be possible to get a PADI Skin Diving qualification while on board
taught by our professionally qualified staff. This will involve free diving
techniques, submerging in the beautiful crystal clear turquoise waters
of the Pacific coast.
Environmental education to local schools and to the local community
are also part of the experience. You'll have the chance to create your own
lesson and to share with another culture your own knowledge and passion
for conservation.I hope this unique experience will give you the opportunity
to gain research ideas and share unforgettable moments with people from
a different culture.
DATES: March - July
DURATION: 15 days
What is included:
All the transport around the sites from the start and finish points of the internship (airport pick up included).
Food and safe and rustic accommodation
Training courses, snorkelling, participation in the various science projects
24 hour emergency phone
Trained and scientific staff supervision and coordination
All necessary project equipment and materials
What is NOT included:
The travel costs to and from the start and finish point of the internship
Local taxes/ entry fees
Insurance with travel, evacuation and medical coverage are also not included but will be an essential requirement for you to participate in this internship.