Projet Permanent
San jose , Costa rica


  • permanent
  • ENVI
  • ANI
  • ACI/JMS2017
Age minimum : 18
Frais d’inscription : 150.00 EUR
Frais supp : 237.50 USD


Extra fees to pay on arrival based on a 1 week stay 237.50 USD (camp fee 87.5 $ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 87.5 $ for each extra week. Open all year, arrival date is free.

  • Code : ACI/JMS2017
  • Dispo : 5M / 4F (Total Part 10)
  • Langue du Projet : ENG / ESP
  • Age : 18 - 99




The goals of the Jardin de Mariposas Spirogyra are: • To reproduce, conserve and export 20 different species of butterflies, unique in Costa Rica • To provide our visitors and also educational groups with an ecological and environmental education • Spirogyra also works with different groups of women from rural areas of Costa Rica, located near our primary forests, where the cultivation of different butterflies could present an alternative to more traditional sources of work, which are harmful for the environment Possible tasks for the volunteer: Depending on the volunteer’s preferences, different tasks can be given, for example: • Gardening tasks: weed and cut the plants, maintain the compost, clean the benches in the garden, make sure the larves have enough food, maintain the feeding spots for the butterflies, watch out for the safety of the turtles, take care of the waterfall and the orchids, etc. • Guide’s tasks: Hold the information speeches for tourists and visitors about the environment and the importance of butterflies in our ecosystem; maintain the farm and the feeding spots of butterflies, turtles and colibris in a good state, etc. • Lab tasks: Keep it clean and organized, collect the plants to feed the larves, clean the drawers with water and chlor, keep the materials in their respective spots, etc. Schedule for the volunteer: From 9am until 2pm. The butterfly ranch is open from Monday to Sunday, the working days/days off will have to be decided with the project.


During your work at the Jardin de Mariposas, you will stay with a local family. Lunch will be provided by the family and has to be brought to work.


San José, Costa Rica Del Centro Comercial El Pueblo, 50mts este y 150mts sur The Jardin de Mariposas Spirogyra is located just 10min out of the center of San José, the capital of Costa Rica, and in the last bit of forest of the metropolitan area: a little tropical paradise in the city center. Our neighborship with the Zoo Simon Bolivar makes our project even more interesting since both of us are located on the shores of the Torres river, where there is still a little bit of forest, which works as a natural air filter and produces oxygen. It is also a shelter for a big number of little mammals, reptiles, insects, birds, and, of course, butterflies. In fact, the Valle Central is known to be a place where different species of butterflies live together, even though they are usually found in different, specific parts of the country: this is why in our 350m2 farm, visitors can see several of Costa Rica’s most beautiful species and observe them in every state of their lives. Website: http://www.butterflygardencr.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/spirogyra.jardindemariposa


• 18 years or older • Interest in nature and the environment • Bring appropriate clothing (boots, poncho, etc.) • Respect the rules of the institution Extra fees to pay on arrival based on a 1 week stay (camp fee 87.5 $ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 87.5 $ for each extra week. Open all year, arrival date is free. Program open all year, arrival date is free. *** *** PROGRAM FEE : Extra fees to pay on arrival based on a 1 week stay 237.50 USD (camp fee 87.5 $ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 87.5 $ for each extra week. Administrative fee according to duration : 1 to 4 weeks 150$ ; 5 to 8 weeks 250$ ; 9 to 12 weeks 350$ : over 13 weeks 450$. Programme open all year, arrival date is free.

We are active affiliate of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation, with its main offices in Berlin, Germany and representation in the five continents through its Member Organizations and Committees. ICYE is recognized by the United Nations as �International Messenger of Peace� and forms part of the Co-Coordinating Committee for International Volunteer Services (CCIVS), associated to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

In Costa Rica, we work in different areas, sending and receiving volunteers, for long and short terms, in groups or as independent persons. We also coordinate our work with other programs such as German Civil Service, Italian Civil Service, �Weltw�rts� of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, British �Community Service Volunteers�, the European Union�s �European Voluntary Service�, �Canada World Youth�, and �United Planet� from the USA.

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