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Conserve nature in the Costa Rican National Park

Researching jaguar feeding patterns and tracking sea turtles are just two of the incredible experiences on offer for participants on BUNAC’S fantastic new six-month Conservation Internships in Costa Rica.

Keen conservationists can make a real and positive contribution to the future of the eco-system, while helping to preserve the unique flora and fauna of this fascinating area and developing a range of skills, from research-focused data processing, to camera trapping, species identification, first-aid and canoeing.

During the initial 12 weeks, there’ll be the chance to gain first-hand experience of the challenges facing this fragile eco-system via a number of exciting projects such as jaguar feeding pattern research, sea-turtle conservation, marine bird research and mammal and prey studies.

The internship finishes with a 12-week work placement on a conservation project or rainforest lodge, after which there may be the chance for further paid or unpaid work.

Midway through their internship, participants travel to Nicaragua where they will spend two weeks with a local family absorbing the Spanish language.

Accommodation is basic and shared, and in a secluded location at the very heart of the Costa Rican National Park. The nearest town, Tortuguero, is one-hour away by motorboat. Leisure time can be spent dozing in a hammock or, on one of the monthly long weekends, white-water rafting down the Pacuare river or snorkelling on the Caribbean coast.

The programme costs from £4,910, which covers accommodation, all meals, in-country support and 24-hour emergency telephone, weekly evaluation with a mentor and professional references, if required. It also includes a flight-booking service and expert, one-to-one, pre-departure support and advice.

The internships run four times a year, with the next on April 5th, June 28th and September 20th 2014.

For further information, visit The BUNAC website or telephone 020 7870 9570.