The Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation (COTERC) is a registered Canadian charity based in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1991, COTERC operates in both Canada and Costa Rica.
Cano Palma Station was founded by, and is supported by the Canadian Organization For Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation (COTERC). The mission of COTERC is to provide leadership in education, research, conservation, and the educated use of natural resources in the tropics.
The Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation (COTERC) is a registered Canadian non-profit charitable organization (#890096183 RR0001) based in Pickering, Ontario, Canada founded in 1991. In Canada, our Board of Directors are biologists, accountants, educators, environmentalists, zoo professionals, media professionals — all committed and working actively to protect tropical rainforests.
The station serves as a facility for visiting biologists and student groups interested in conducting independent research of neotropical lowland forest biology. The station also supports volunteer and intern programs. Long term monitoring of endangered marine turtles, birds, snakes,caiman and mammals is also conducted
Costs & Benefits
As a non-profit organization with limited resources, volunteers and interns are a vital part of our existence. They help us to run our long-term monitoring projects as well as helping to take care of the Station itself. From March to November they provide us with the critical manpower required to send multiple teams on the beach at night, to collect data and safeguard the nesting females.
Many of our volunteers visit as individuals with a passion for conservation. Most have a biology or conservation background, but regardless of their background or education, all share two key traits - a desire to make a difference, and a strong work ethic!
The essential difference between interns and volunteers, is that while volunteers are here to help us get our surveys done, and play a valuable role in increasing our capacity for patrols, interns are engaged to ensure that all aspects of the project are completed to the highest standard. They also play a bigger role in helping us to achieve our education goals. Volunteers may visit with us for as short a time as two weeks, while there is a 6 week minimum stay for interns.
Please visit the individual tabs to find out more about volunteer and intern requirements, as well as information for visiting groups.
$250 per week short-term, discounts for long-term stays and independent researchers. Includes three meals. A onetime fee of $30 applies for processing govt.paperwork. A dormitory with bunks capable of sleeping 30 persons. Bedding is provided, but volunteers should bring mosquito nets. Conditions are basic but clean and comfortable.
Volunteers should be enthusiastic, self-starting, in good physical condition and able to fit in with remote field station conditions. Interns require biology background. Volunteers aged 18 and over or accompanied by an adult taking responsibility. Able to speak English and ability to speak basic Spanish would be useful.
Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation
P.O. Box 335
Canada L1V 2R6
Tel: ++1 (905) 831 8809
Location: Tortuguero Costa Rica
Average cost per day: $35
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and English speaking, basic Spanish would be useful.