National Parks

You have the possibility to work in three wonderful National Parks. In all Parks you will stay in shared rooms with shared bathrooms. There is water, electricity and a dining room where you will receive your meals based on the tipical Costarican diet, for example rice, beans, vegetables, meat and fruit.

Your work includes

  • maintainance of pathways and green areas
  • recolection of trash
  • production of workshop materials in environmental education
  • school visits and interaction in discussions and workshops
  • attending to visitors, guiding them
  • beach cleanups (only in Cabo Blanco)
  • sometimes reforestation

Important documents for these projects

  • health insurance coverage and accident policy (with return transport in emergency) valid in Costa Rica
  • medical certificate for health safety
  • criminal record / clearance certificate

Barra Honda National Park

Barra Honda is unique among the National Parks of Costa Rica: its main attraction is a large, intricate system of limestone caverns, decorated with a multitude of capricious forms and figures. Until now only 19 of Barra Honda's 42 caves have been explored. The cave system was only discovered in the late 60ies. The deepest of the Barra Honda caves is Santa Ana which drops to 249 meters below surface, while La Trampa (the trap) has the deepest precipice - a 30 m vertical entrance. Speleologists and spelunkers from around the world are drawn to Barra Honda. One of the largest and most beautiful caves is Terciopelo which along with la Cuevita, is the only one open to the public. Barra Honda is located on the Nicoya peninsula close to the Tempisque Bridge.

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

Nestled on the extreme southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula is the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, one of the most scenically beautiful areas of Costa Rica. Cabo Blanco has its own special place in the history of Costa Rica, becoming the first protected area and National Park in Costa Rica in 1963. The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve encompasses 1,270 hectares of mixed forest and is classified as moist tropical forest. About 150 trees have been identified. Cabo Blanco is popular with ornithologists: it’s inhabited by large numbers of brown pelicans, frigate birds, laughing gulls, common terns, ospreys and Costa Rica's largest community of brown boobies making it a very important seabird sanctuary. The abundance of bird life matches the wildlife found under water. 1,788 hectares of ocean belong to the protected area of Cabo Blanco which is home to many species of fish, large quantities of lobster, giant conches and oyster.

Diariá National Park

This park was initially created as a wildlife refuge in 1991 to preserve forests on the Nicoya Peninsula. It became a national park in 2004. The 12,000-acre (5,500-ha) park also protects important watersheds, including those surrounding the Diria, Verde, Tigre, and Enmedio rivers. These rivers are important sources of water for the town of Santa Cruz.

Over 380 species of trees have been identified within the Diria National Park, including tropical hardwoods like mahogany and pochote. At higher elevations there are evergreens and large bromeliads. The park also protects several endemic plant species – including the Pitcairnia bromeliad and a type of Stenocereus cactus – that are only found on the Nicoya Peninsula.