Protection and conservation of the Quebradas River basin in Costa Rica

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP




Short-Term (few weeks/months)


San Isidro del General
Costa Rica


The Biological Centre and Natural Reserve in Quebradas are protecting the main water source, the flora and fauna of the area. International volunteers are invited to support the Biological Centre and Natural Reserve. The Reserve is located 3 km away from the centre of Quebradas (between 1000 and 2500 meters above sea level). The Reserve was created in 1989 as an answer to the problems of deforestation in the area. There's also an environmental education centre. The main goals of the Reserve are: - to stop the deforestation and preserve the basin of Las Quebradas River, which is the source of drinking water for the whole town of San Isidro and most of the region of Pérez Zeledón; - to develop environmental education and awareness initiatives for children and the community; - to establish various sustainable systems in order to guarantee the conservation of flora, fauna and water resources in the area; - to become financially independent through ecotourism; - to do research and to promote the support on conservation.

The Reserve is especially proud of the diversity of birds and butterflies that live in its forest. They have already constructed a butterfly farm to show all the different types of butterflies for the enjoyment of the visitors. Now, they also want to improve the bird watching opportunities in the area. Experts estimate that there are about 200 different birds in the protected area. The Biological Center wants to observe the habits of these birds in order to create leaflets about the types of birds that can be found in the area during the different times of the year. You can also find white-face monkeys and other small tropical mammals. The Biological Center also has a garden with medicinal plants, and they produce organic compost. In addition, within the 36 hectares of the Reserve, you can find a system of 4 trails, 3 of which have signs for educational guided tours.

The volunteer will join the conservation, protection and awareness work of the Reserve.

Volunteers will mostly work along the crew of the Reserve. Their tasks include: • maintaining and creating trails, • repairing infrastructure, • helping with the reforestation project of the local high school, • assisting at the main office in town with reservations and translations.

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