COTERC - Caño Palma Biological Station

We are a registered Canadian charitable organization, not-for-profit, who own and operate Cano Palma Biological Station in Costa Rica.

Volunteering Activities

Conservation Work

What We Need

We need two bilingual (Spanish/English), interns to lead our community program through 2017. These positions run from 3 to 12 months, depending on the time you have to commit.
Work includes:
*Running a small library and tutoring center for 7-15 year olds
- providing a safe space for kids to come and participate in educational activities
- organizing sports, art and educational activities for students (including programs for the school holidays)
- preparing conservation oriented activities for a weekly "Conservation Club", including field-trips to the biological station
- Coordinating with the local elementary school, to facilitate student participation in events run by the Biological Station such as our Macaw Festival, sports days and academic contests
- facilitating volunteer participation in the Library programming
- facilitate activities between Station volunteers and locals, such as cooking lessons, carving demonstrations, language exchange etc.

We are looking for interns who bring different strengths and experience to our community. We welcome people with unique talents, who want to share them with our students and expand their skills, interests and opportunities!

When & Who

Year round opportunities are available, with a limit of two lead-interns at any given time.
3 months

What we Provide


* Rustic, dorm style accommodations, with rooms sleeping between 2 and 6 people
* All meals
* Bed linens
* Opportunities to participate in research activities
* Pre-arrival support, including information on in-country travel options
* Local pick up and drop-off for arrival and departure
* Options for community conservation and local cooking lessons
* An amazing experience with committed, conservation-minded people from around the world!, and children who really need your input!


Our Fees

No fees

There is no charge to participate in this internship - food and accommodation costs are covered, with a minimum stay of 12 weeks.

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Contact Person

Station manager
Costa Rica.

Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people

For these positions, some previous experience working with youth is required, as well as excellent Spanish.
Background check information needs to be provided, and first aid qualifications are preferred.

Canadian Organization for Tropical Education & Rainforest Conservation (COTERC) was founded in 1991 by zookeepers Marilyn Cole and Ozzie Teichner, with the mission to provide leadership in education, research, conservation, and the educated use of natural resources in the tropics. COTERC achieves this mandate through work at Cano Palma Biological Station in Costa Rica.

Caño Palma Biological Station is situated approximately 8 kilometers north of the
village of Tortuguero on Costa Rica’s north-eastern coast. The Tortuguero area is an ancient flood plain covered by lowland Atlantic tropical wet forest and is the most biologically diverse ecosystem in Costa Rica.