Bird, insects, flora and large mammal conservation

Project name:

Un poco del Choco

Project purpose:

Bird, insects, flora and large mammal conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):





South America

1 Ratings


Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain qualification and/or credits

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work


shared dormitory

When does the project run?


cooking facilities, hot shower, western toilet, electricity, wifi, food included, accommodation included

How long can I stay?


Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

VOLUNTEERS DO NOT HELP WITH BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH. You have to take part in the internships available:

Internship - Tropical Field Studies & Conservation

- Lepidopteran project (studying the diversity of butterflies with bait traps and nets)

- Monitoring with camera traps (studying the diversity of mammals and ground birds)

- Long-term bird monitoring (constant effort mist netting and bird banding, bird census)

- Research on flower ecology and hummingbird-plant pollination networks

- Reforestation project (monitoring of seed germination and sapling growth)

- Planning of environmental education workshops for local kids

- Assistance in research projects of other students or researchers
- Data management (data entry and analysis)

First 4 weeks                 $249,75(per week)

Week 5 to 12                 $217,25(per week)

Week 13 to 24               $203,50(per week)

Internship - Project in Tropical Ecology, Animal or Plant Biology

During this internship, you will mainly work on your own internship project, as well as participate in on-going research projects. Students will be supervised by Nicole. She assists interns to plan, carry out and analyze their own investigation. At the end of the internship project students have to write a report about their work and the results (in publication style).

First 8 weeks                 $224 (per week)

Following weeks            $199 (per week)


There are also two courses that are run at the project that you can pay to do

Bird Banding & Monitoring Course      $698

Tropical Ecology Course                     $649 

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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