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Want to spend 10 weeks learning and teaching about insects and arachnids while enjoying Costa Rica?
The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens has been teaching people about insects and arachnids for 20 years! We use a fun and hands-on approach to teaching people about how cool bugs really are. Volunteers from all over the world are trained to guide people through 4 butterfly habitats, a leaf cutter ant colony and a collection of live invertebrates from Costa Rica. The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens works hard every day to develop understanding and tolerance towards the many different arthropods we have living on the planet.
You don’t need experience or prior knowledge of insects; we will train you to do 1-hour English tours through our gardens and insect collection. Your work day starts at 7:45am and ends around 5pm. Other than tours, you will work on facility maintenance, butterfly breeding, and tours! You can expect to give 1-4 tours a day and work 5 days per week.
What we are looking for:
An outgoing, flexible and positive attitude!
A hard-worker who is committed to science education
Someone willing to give up technology (for the most part) and really get into in the amazing nature around them
A passion for nature
Spanish is not necessary, though it is always helpful; any other second languages are also appreciated
We teach science, and you must be comfortable talking to people about evolution
The gardens are located in the mountains, therefore a certain level of physical ability is needed, not for the job but for getting around town!
Learn and Explore
In return for volunteering with us we will house you and feed you - this is one of the last free international volunteer gigs on the planet! You'll also gain two months of experience in environmental education and outreach, knowledge of neo-tropical insects and arachnids, and amazing birding and wildlife-viewing opportunities. Please be aware we are in the mountains - you can’t make it to the beach on your day off!
Email Bryna at
firstname.lastname@example.org a resume and cover letter telling us why you want to volunteer with us, why you would be a great volunteer, what you hope to get out of your stay here. We have openings year round!
Formal internship not for you?:
We take 4 weeks+ short term volunteers that get dirty and work hard helping behind the scenes. If you like vegetable gardening, watering, weeding, planting, maintenance, shoveling, and compost, send us an email with your availability!