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.
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.
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