Conduct Research with Dolphins and Frogs: Volunteer + Adventure

Study the ecology and population dynamics of marine and forest wildlife in the Osa Peninsula and make an impact on your world!

International Student Volunteers (a non-profit organization) offers you the chance to help monitor and research wild dolphins and frogs. After giving back, you will then reward yourself by participating in an incredible two week adventure tour, where you will go tubing on the Negro River, get personalized surfing instruction in Samara, explore the local nightlife in Heredia and so much more!

The Osa Peninsula is considered one of the most biologically intense places on earth, a very complex ecosystem with great diversity. The complexity increases the vulnerability to disturbance, especially those related and caused by global climate change. Therefore, there is an important need for constant monitoring. This project will provide an alternative source of income to local communities and organizations through ecotourism activities, generate legitimate research information for government authorities to implement improved conservation and wildlife resources management strategies, and provide technical information to limit/prevent high risk development projects and habitat degradation.

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What to Expect?

Volunteer Project:
Volunteers will be working in teams, usually in pairs. Each day, volunteers may be assigned to document dolphin behavior through observations taken from a motor boat, including taking photographs, recording their behavior, feeding, traveling, diving and social habits, and taking samples using an ethological key. Volunteers will also document humpback whales occurrence and focus on acoustic recording whale activity. At least half of the volunteer time will consist of frog surveys in the forest.

A great deal of effort is needed to collect information in order to observe and compare trends. Additionally, volunteers will have the opportunity to do some communal work within the camping area. Volunteers will assist with basic improvements like painting and fixing common areas. During your stay there will also be two cultural activities with the host family. Volunteers may also help with gardening with their host family.

Adventure Tour:
On the Adventure Tour, participants will travel throughout Costa Rica including the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, discovering primary rainforests, plentiful varieties of wildlife, volcanic landscapes, cloud forests, reefs, national parks, and private reserves while staying in some of the best eco-lodges in the country. You will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean, whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River, treks through several ecological reserves, jungle kayaking in the canals of Tortuguero National Park, zip-lining and rappelling in La Fortuna, observing two of Costa Rica’s many volcanoes, tubing on the Negro River, getting personalized surfing instruction in Samara, and exploring the local nightlife in Heredia. Explore and experience the natural wonders in the jewel of Central America!

There are also additional packages available for adventures in Machu Picchu/Peru, Galapagos, and Spanish Language courses.


About our organization:

International Student Volunteers is committed to impacting our world by providing life-changing volunteer experiences abroad. ISV has been operating student programs since 1983, but has focused on Volunteer and Adventure Travel since 2002. Since then, more than 20,000 participants have contributed to ISV’s global volunteer efforts, making a significant impact across six continents. ISV programs offer unparalleled opportunities to get involved in the front lines of sustainable community development and conservation initiatives internationally, in addition to exploration, adventure and cultural exchange, while traveling through one or more countries. This program is open to everyone, not just students. We are not a sending agent –we run our own programs with our own trained staff to ensure you have the most amazing experience possible. ISV sets the industry standards for best practices, safety, opportunities to learn, and of course fun!

International Student Volunteers, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation in the U.S. organized under the Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable and educational purposes.

  • Program ID: # 1908
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
  • location:
    Rincón de Osa
    Costa Rica
    8° 42' 31.1184" N, 83° 29' 6.3852" W
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
  • Costs From:
    $1500 to $3000
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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