In addition to supporting environmental and community based initiatives, Cirenas aims to provide Gap year students with greater international perspective and intercultural skills, an opportunity for personal growth and reflection and a deeper appreciation in both local and international context. Gap year participants deepen their understanding of the local culture, develop their language skills and engage with the local community providing feedback to enrich other people's lives.
· Designing and producing educational materials (games, lectures, guides, posters, cards...)
· Designing promotional materials for activities (flyers, banners, posters, videos, etc.) in English and Spanish
· Translating and interpreting information in English and Spanish
· Designing and installing signs
· Making, cleaning and replacing species identification tags
· Communal Projects
· Installing water capture and treatment systems
· Helping with reforestation projects, and establishing nurseries
· Installing compost systems and communal gardens
· Helping with cleaning-up campaigns for communal spaces
· Establishing recycling stations
· Building solar or alternative energy devices
· Painting and repairing schools and communal centers
· Helping with communal projects proposed by the Municipal Environmental Commission and other allies
· Updating data bases (keeping registers, files, lists and other documents)
· Teaching English classes to locals
· Training workshops in different environmental and social related topics
· Communications and social media: Updating website, taking photographs and managing Gallery database.
· Biodiversity and Ecology
· Helping with terrestrial and marine species inventories
· Collecting samples (soil, water, air, biomass, species...)
· Keep record of biodiversity information and data...
· Design and preparation of maps and GIS systems
· Gathering of meteorological data.
· Carry out ecology research activities according to each student’s expertise.
· Social Research
· Interview to community members (Spanish required)
· Taking audio and visual records
· Digitalizing data from interviews, observations and other assessment instruments for systematization
· Design and preparation of maps in different fields
CONSERVATION at the Caletas-Arío Wildlife Refuge and CIRENAS Campus:
· Helping with infrastructure maintenance (painting, repairing, building, etc.)
· Establishment and maintenance of trails (building steps, fences, bridges, benches)
· Painting and replacing signs
RATES PER PERSON / PER DAY
Minimum 2 weeks. $35 per day
3-4 weeks $35 per day
1 month or more $35 per day
For corporate volunteer groups, the rate depends on the size of the group and specific needs. Tell us about your interest and ask for more information by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.