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Youth Discovery Program: Costa Rica

December 12, 2012

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Youth Challenge International (YCI) is recruiting a team of eight Youth Discovery volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30 with diverse skills, experiences and backgrounds for a two-week focused environment and conservation project in the Manuel Antonio National Park from February 11th – February 26th, 2012.

With the establishment of Manuel Antonio National Park in 1972, the people of Costa Rica decided to preserve, for future generations, one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse areas in the world. Although it is the country's smallest national park, the stunning beauty and diversity of wildlife in its 683 hectares is unequaled.

Manuel Antonio contains a charming combination of rain forest, beaches and coral reefs. These beaches are the most beautiful in the country and lined with lush forest. The forest is home for sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys and millions of colorful little crabs. And the trail that winds around Punta Catedral affords some spectacular views.

Visiting the park, one is treated to an abundant diversity of wildlife. Punta Catedral, with its forest-topped cliffs was once an island, but is now connected to the coast by a thin strip of island. This land bridge now forms the spine separating the parks two most popular beaches, Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio.

Key Activities May Include:
• Develop and conduct a community needs assessment to identify sustainable economic and social sustainable development opportunities.
• Participate in community projects and help the park rangers by providing maintenance to the trails, signs, common resting areas and beach cleaning.
• Support the park's community program around recycling and waste management by delivering workshops and helping to raise awareness about the need for sustainable development and conservation of the national park
• Strengthen environmental education by organizing workshops on recycling and waste management with youth, adults and children, both inside the park and surrounding communities
• Conduct ESL training for community member families who host tourists in the area.

Recommended Skills and Experience:
• Experience working in a team with demonstrated leadership skills
• Relevant degree in Environmental Science, Conservation, Ecology or the Humanities
• Previous working or living experience in a cross-cultural setting or in a developing country is an asset
• Ability to communicate in Spanish and/or willingness to learn before and/or during project

Please apply online using YCI's online application form available at http://www.yci.org/html/volunteer/globally/applynow.asp


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Youth Challenge International

Building on over 20 years of experience, YCI’s programs are designed to meet the needs of youth affected by poverty through four integrated sectors: livelihoods, health, leadership and the environment.