Working in conjunction with COTERC (The Canadian Organisation for Tropical Education and Rainforest Education), MINAE (Costa Rican National Parks Board), CCC Caribbean Conservation Corporation major universities in Costa Rica and various independent researchers. This expedition plays a vital role in the development and management of long term wildlife conservation and community education programmes.
By working in conjunction with MINAE and the CCC, we aim to undertake an ambitious sea turtle (seasonal) survey work on the North Tortuguero Beach as well as assisting in obtaining vital data which aids in the management and ultimately the conservation of the majestic jaguar (Pantera onca). All data for this project is used by our local project partners to help raise awareness of the threatened sea turtles and to compare with the CCC data collection over the past 35 years.
In addition all volunteers have the opportunity to support local communities by offering basic English lessons. The long-term aim is to provide community members with English language skills which in turn should increase the chances of working in sustainable tourism, an alternative to forestry and the poaching of turtles.
The owner of this company did a gap year trip in the early 90s which involved building a bandstand for a small village in Patagonia. While he was there, he realised the project was only helpful in developing the Western traveller as the village didn’t want a bandstand and only argued about who owned it. And so he set up a volunteer organisation which is useful to communities and provides them with resources and help with funding. Today, his projects offer travellers an opportunity to fully integrate into communities and to make a real long-term difference to the local people’s lifestyles.
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