Jalova, Costa Rica

Volunteer in Jalova

Join a team of international participants in Tortuguero National Park on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast.

GVI’s research station in Jalova is found in Tortuguero National Park, surrounded on three sides by protected rainforest and on the other by a beach that is home to one of the largest nesting colonies of green turtles in the world. Your hands-on work will contribute to the long-term management and conservation of this stunning rainforest reserve. 

Critical science

Critical science

You'll contribute to vital conservation research targeted at protecting the earth's most valuable ecosystems.
Ethical engagement

Ethical engagement

Using the UN's SDGs as a framework, we've made a commitment to positive, constructive and sustainable impact.
Beautiful adventures

Beautiful adventures

You'll spend your days exploring some of the world's most breathtaking, exhilarating and remote wildernesses.

Jalova volunteer projects


Live in the heart of the jungle surrounded by the natural beauty of Tortuguero’s rainforest-lined Caribbean beaches. Hike the jungle trails conducting biodiversity surveys, walk along the beach looking for evidence of sea turtles during turtle nesting season, check camera traps for footage of jaguars, and explore the rainforest canals noting important aquatic bird species. Spend your time surrounded by the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of the rich canals, tropical rainforest and Caribbean beaches. 

There is no road access to this location, so all transportation is via canoe and motorboat, through the stunning canal and river system surrounded by tropical rainforest and wildlife.

Get an exclusive offer on conservation programs!

Book by 30 June 2022

New and Exclusive: GVI Experiences

A locally curated selection of extra activities are now included across our programs.

Learn to pick and husk a coconut

Visit the world's oldest sea turtle research group

Meditate on the beach at sunrise

Take a jungle nightwalk and frog watch

Canoe along jungle river canals at dawn

Stargaze and learn the northern constellations

Hike an extinct volcano, Cerro Tortuguero

Visit a sustainable chocolate farm