Amigos de los Monos

Amigos de los Monos Issues Call for Volunteers


Download the report on Research and Volunteer Opportunities at Amigos de los Monos, Burica Peninsula, Costa Rica

Volunteers are sought to assist the project director in all facets of the project. Current areas of investigation include

  • mapping of Ngäbe properties and land management practices
  • Guaymí socioeconomic interviews
  • surveys of primate populations
  • development and implementation of educational materials.

Other responsibilities include assistance in grant writing, newsletter writing, attendance at community meetings, and communication for networking.


  • oral and written proficiency in English and Spanish
  • minimum 6-month commitment with a 1-month trial period
  • experience living in tropical countries
  • excellent physical condition.

Volunteers must be able to finally support themselves—there is no financial support available.

All applicants should possess the following qualities:

  • adventurous
  • great people skills
  • open minded
  • flexible
  • ability to work independently
  • takes direction well
  • willingness to be mobile
  • the belief that YOU can make a difference!

Please submit a letter of interest, CV, and two letters of recommendation to Katie Mann.

Research Opportunities

Researchers are sought in all disciples of conservation, including but not limited to: primatology, biology, botany, tropical agriculture, reforestation, social sciences, cultural anthropology, and ethnobotany. Students/researchers are sought at all levels: undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate. All researchers must stay at the site for a minimum of 3 months. It is recommended that upper-level researchers visit the site prior to making a long-term research commitment. Researchers will have the opportunity to work with and learn from the Guaymí people as guides and/or research informants. Each researcher will be contributing to the local economy via the employment of Ngäbe guides (guides are to be paid $1.50 an hour). This is an integral part of effectively conserving the natural resources. Please submit a one-page project proposal, CV, and two letters of recommendation to Katie Mann. We are accepting proposals for February 2008. See Accomodations for more information.

Accomodations for Volunteers and Researchers

It is expected that students will take advantage of the rare opportunity to spend nights with Ngäbe families. This not only contributes to the local economy, but it may add convenience depending on where studies are being carried out.

Accommodations in Punta Banco

There are three locally owned cabinas where visitors and volunteers can stay in Punta Banco.  All of them have private and shared rooms in addition to shared bathrooms.  Each establishment also has a restaurant (soda) that serves typical Costa Rican food.

See select PHOTOS of the three accommodations.

These prices are subject to change and are not to be quoted. If you learned of these places to stay from this website, please mention it to the owner of the cabina when you stay.

Wanted: Education Coordinator

We are seeking an individual to develop educational materials to include: a trilingual educational book about the natural history, conservation, and cultural knowledge of the monkeys; educational posters to be hung in schools; and interpretation materials for tourists. This position may be filled by a volunteer or a researcher. It is recommended that the education coordinator plan to stay at the site for 1 year. See Accomodations for more information.

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