LRFF welcomes volunteers that are as passionate about forest conservation and restoration as we are, and is happy to support students who would like to intern with us as part of high school, college or university programs. Please read the information below to learn more about volunteering or interning with LRFF and contact us if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or intern.
Volunteering or Interning Onsite
We have had volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and interests come to work with us at our 40-hectare forest reserve in Costa Rica. Some stop by for a few days, while others stay for up to six months. While each volunteer and intern is unique, we’ve provided some basic information below to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
Daily Duties and Expectations
Volunteers or interns are asked to work a minimum of 4 days a week, Monday-Thursday, though many also work Fridays and weekends as needed. We recommend having an individual project in addition to the standard tasks associated with assisting La Reserva. Daily duties may include but are not limited to:
- Nursery maintenance, including watering, weeding or planting seeds/seedlings
- Trail maintenance, including clearing paths, posting signs, building or fixing benches
- Seed/seedling collection in the forest
- Planting trees
- Updating social media pages, including writing updates, posting pictures, and sending key messages to followers
- Writing progress reports for current projects
- Grant writing and exploring other funding opportunities
- Writing project descriptions for potential planting projects
- Design/drafting of promotional or informational materials
Expenses and Accommodations
Unfortunately, we do not currently have volunteer quarters at La Reserva, so visitors will need to arrange their own accommodation. However, there are a number of hotels, lodges, and rental units within easy commuting distance of the reserve and we are happy to help visitors identify and contact these accommodations. We have also provided a list of estimated expenses and other cost considerations. Download the pdf
Volunteering or Interning Remotely
Are you eager to help LRFF but unable to come to Costa Rica? We have lots of work that can be done from the comfort of your own home. Please see a list of remote volunteer and internship opportunities here.