Volunteer for climate change program

The Corcovado Foundation as part of its objectives in conservation, is supporting the Paquera-Tambor Marine Area for Responsible Fisheries (AMPR), and the Association of Dive-Fishermen of Paquera (ABUZPA) in an exciting volunteer program, which focuses on Climate Change Adaptation activities in the Communities of Paquera and Tambor.  This program offers volunteers the opportunity to come and work mainly in the rural community of Paquera in activities directly related to the efforts of the AMPR, ABUZPA, and the community to adapt to climate change.

Small fishermen communities and marine resources are seriously affected by climate change and those fishermen who dive-fish are the most affected ones.  These communities have turned to alternative economic enterprises, they have organized themselves to treat fishermen fairly and monitor catches to assist a sustainable use of marine resources, work on local Reserves and Wildlife Refuge, and work on ensuring an adequate and sustainable use of fresh water resources.

This volunteer program run by ABUZPA allows you to become part of all these efforts.

You can make the difference!

We need volunteers from all other the world who want to come and help us make the difference for the community of Paquera through the coordination of AMPR and the Paquera Divers Association.

When can you come and volunteer with us?

You can come to do volunteer work with us any time of the year.

Minimun Stay:



Aged 18 or over, in good physical condition, with basic Spanish. You must be friendly, communicative and able to work for 4-6 hours per day. You must have a medical travel insurance policy for the duration of your stay.


All volunteers will stay in the town of Paquera, at the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. Accommodation is in private rooms of our homestay network, an unforgettable experience. The family will provide you with food during your stay.

Your work as a Volunteer. Volunteers will have the possibility of working in labors to Adapt to Climate Change in the rural communities of Paquera and Tambor.  There are four main labors that are performed all year long:

  • Agricultural activities in micro farms
  • Monitoring the catches brought to the distribution centers of the AMPR
  • Maintenance activities in local reserves (Curu Reserve and the Reserve of the Technical Professional Highschool of Paquera)
  • Coordinating and participating in labors to Adapt to Climate Change performed by the local water supplier (Asada)

We also support other efforts in both communities that are seasonal and will depend on your skills and certifications (PADI/NAUI).  These activities include:

  • Monitoring Artificial and Natural Reefs
  • Monitoring and reforestation of mangroves
  • Monitoring and planting coral
  • Monitoring cetaceans
  • Marketing the activities and achievements of AMPR Practicing English with the host families

For more information on each activity, see section IV – Volunteer Work Plan at Volunteer Orientation Manual

What about Free Time? 

We know that volunteers come not only to work but also to discover the incredible nature of Costa Rica. You will have a day off in which you can choose to enjoy the town and its attractions, or acquire excursions and other activities. You can also spend time with your host family or relax at one of the beautiful nearby beaches.

How much does it cost? 

$35 per person per night. This amount covers accommodation, three meals per day and training. It does not cover the arrival and departure costs, nor tours and spending money.

Apply Now!

Please complete the Volunteer Registration Form and send via email to Alicia Gutiérrez (gutierrez.aliz.81@hotmail.com) at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival. You will receive a confirmation email, along with a comprehensive Volunteer Orientation Manual with detailed information about transportation, what to bring and what to expect.

Payment for your stay must be received before you arrive. The program coordinator will be providing the corresponding data. Please note that payment for the first two weeks is non-refundable.

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