OSA Station Volunteer

Volunteer projects Field Station in the Osa Peninsula, Center for Studies and Community Empowerment Dr. Alvaro Willie Trejos CEEC-AWT

1) Supporting the Conservation of mangrove ecosystems in the Golfo Dulce:

During 2009 and 2010 the Neotrópica Foundation has been implementing a project to support sustainable management and conservation of mangrove ecosystems in the Golfo Dulce, which is just 5 kilometers from the field station on the Peninsula Osa.

Among the activities carried out in the project seedling planting mangrove as a mechanism to help restore mangrove areas that have been degraded by human activities such as agriculture, livestock farming, gold mining it is, among other. While it is true the project ends in July but for lasting results are translated continuity is most important.

Tasks to do:

  • Mangrove planting seedlings in degraded areas.
  • Maintenance nurseries.
  • Participation in outreach.
  • Support in school environmental education program.
  • Support maintenance and general work of the station.


  • Basic knowledge of the Spanish language.
  • Provision for fieldwork.
  • Communication skills

2) Organic Production: Maintaining a Demonstrative Huerta

Traditional agriculture often involves heavy use of agrochemicals and pesticides that are impoverishing the productivity of soils, pollute water bodies and negatively affect biodiversity and genetic wealth, hence the need for practices that demonstrate a change.

In the field station we have begun to develop a project in which food is produced through the implementation of our organic garden. Some of the crops are corn, hearts of palm, peach palm, sugar cane, cassava, Creole pineapple, bananas, plantains, tomato, carrot, radish, mustard, among others. Participation in this project will allow the volunteer to learn about organic production, the benefits of sustainable agriculture and transmit to local children and young people and other visitors that there are possible alternatives to live in greater harmony with the environment.

Tasks to do:

  • General maintenance of the garden.
  • Treatment of organic waste and composting.
  • Participation in planting crops.
  • Nursery production.
  • Participation in demonstration and environmental education activities.
  • Support maintenance and general work of the green areas of the station.


  • Basic knowledge of the Spanish language.
  • Provision for fieldwork.
  • Communication skills.

3) Heliconia Trail Interpretive

The CEEC AWT is located in the territory of the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve which connects important protected areas in the southern zone of Costa Rica as are the Corcovado National Park, Piedras Blancas National Park and the National Térraba Tiller.

Part of the land with the Neotrópica Foundation has in the Osa Peninsula is dedicated to the conservation of this biological corridor, also contributing to environmental education through interpretive trail Heliconia (called in this way for diversity of these plants can found in the same).

With this project, the volunteer may help improve understanding of the forests of the Osa Peninsula, providing a better platform for which visitors and locals can make use of Heliconia Trail as a tool for environmental education and interpretation.

Tasks to do:

  • Identify improvements needed on the path.
  • Participate in expanding the path to one of the tributaries of the creek Agua Buena to harness water resources as an interpretative element.
  • Update interpretive trail guide.
  • Labeling of flora.
  • Collaborate in the general maintenance of the trail and the green areas of the station.


  • Basic knowledge of the Spanish language.
  • Provision for fieldwork.
  • Communication skills.
  • Recommended experience in environmental education.

4) Digitization of the Library Alvaro Wille Trejos

Dr. Alvaro Wille Trejos was a Costa Rican scientist very prominent and productive in the area, he dedicated his life for the development and research of ecological wealth of the region. For this reason, it was decided that the Library Neotrópica bear his name. The library consists of material from a high scientific level on the Osa Peninsula, as well as educational material that serves as a tool for students in the area.

Volunteering is a process of scanning the database library that allows easy access to information and to have a mechanism that provides greater security and better maintenance of bibliographic material.

Tasks to do:

  • Participate in a small induction management software to use.
  • Enter the bibliographic information in the database.


  • Basic knowledge of the Spanish language.
  • Provision for office work.
  • Willingness to collaborate in general work station.

5) English for the community

Station Foundation in Osa aims to function as a study center that allows empowerment of local communities. Some of the activities that have allowed development in Osa, the tourism sector has been mainly rural community tourism and ecotourism, however to promote their projects many of the people in the community are excluded by not handle the English language.

Tasks to do:

  • Develop a comprehensive and sequential program to teach English classes.
  • Coordinate with local community members adequate time to teach the classes.
  • To support environmental education activities.
  • Support in the general work of the station.


  • Advanced knowledge of the Spanish language.
  • Teaching skills.
  • Willingness to participate in activities other than English classes.
  • Recommended teaching experience.
  • Minimum stay required: 4 weeks.

In addition, Unit Educational Programs, Volunteer, Environmental Recreation and Community (EVRAC) offers Educational Programs Tourism.

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