Planting Life to Save Titis: Going Beyond Reforestation
Type of volunteering: Group Volunteering. The minimum group is 12 persons.
Season: May through October.
Description: The Alliance analyzes the best connectivity routes and native species in order to go beyond reforestation and ensure habitat regeneration for the sake of biodiversity conservation. The activity normally takes place during an entire morning, and each person plants an average of 10-15 trees. TCA selects and prepares the land. The Alliance gives a preliminary presentation to volunteers, which can be held the day before or at the beginning of the reforestation morning. We believe that volunteers should truly understand how their work generates a positive impact in the area.
Costs: The cost of reforestation is $30/person which allows sponsoring five native trees, and the associated 3-year maintenance cost. The Alliance comes with fieldworkers and prepares the land and selects the small trees, so that volunteers enjoy planting in a safe environment. There is no profit in volunteering activities. Transport and food are not included in the prices, except if specified. Frequently, travel agencies that manage the volunteer groups are the ones in charge of logistics for these.
Research topics of primary interest for the Alliance include: Agro-forestry, local biodiversity, ecological monitoring, grey-crowned squirrel monkeys, environmental education, community surveys, habitat evaluation, endangered species, conservation strategies evaluation, connectivity evaluation, palm oil agro, waste water system improvement for rural communities, monkey bridges, rural solid waste treatment improvement, etc.
School Remodeling: Get Your Hands Dirty & Make a Difference
Season: All year round.
Description: Studies prove children learn better in a pleasant environment. A fresh coat of paint and a little elbow grease goes a long way and inspires our future leaders and our current educators to make a difference. So roll up your sleeves and invest in effecting positive and lasting change in our community!
Each year, more than 14 schools share with Titi Conservation Alliance their needs so we can help them find a sponsor and volunteer group that may contribute. Companies, private education centers and universities choose to sponsor one of the projects, most of them, including volunteering and interaction with the parents and local community. Painting of school areas is the most frequent need. Titi Conservation Alliance may send you an updated list of possibilities (painting, nursery development, construction, etc). If sponsors want to do more than volunteering in a school, they may also help with donation projects (e.g. purchasing materials, equipment, etc.).
Become Titi Conservation Alliance’s Researcher: A unique learning intense experience.
Type of volunteering: Group Volunteering. The minimum group is 12 persons to work 3 mornings.
Season: All year round.
Description: The organization has recently started involving volunteers in monitoring initiatives as a way to collect data for analysis whilst empowering and teaching visitors about Costa Rica´s important flora and fauna. It is a unique experience to learn more about forestry and natural characteristics. Volunteers receive a preliminary training on native tree species. With the support of forestry engineers and field workers, volunteers will be collecting data such as trunk width, flowers, fruit existence, approximate height, etc, that is all required to fill out monitoring sheets.
The produced data and results will be used to evaluate habitat regeneration and reforestation strategies that have been developed to protect local biodiversity, specially titi monkeys (S.o.citrinellus). Since volunteers are working in the field, within tropical forest areas, sometimes they encounter monkeys, red macaws, etc.