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Travel to Tortuguero National Park and be a part of restoring the fragile eco-systems. Join studies of the endangered species while learning new skills such as camera-trapping and data processing.
Interns will take part in hands-on conservation projects with sea turtles & research of jaguars.
GVI Internship programs focus on the development of professional skills while providing a well-rounded conservation experience. Participants are provided with a mentor who will monitor the progress on a weekly basis and be a professional reference after successful completion of the program.
Life on the Internship When we say remote – we mean that there is no road access to the GVI base. In today’s increasingly connected world you will be going, as they say, “off the grid”. You will be based in the heart of nature, surrounded by the white beaches of the Caribbean and the amazing natural beauty of Tortuguero’s rainforest. All transport to and from the base is via canoe or boat, through the luscious green canals. When you are not out and about conducting various surveys, setting up camera traps or counting turtle eggs, you can enjoy your time off back at base, getting to know fellow team members or exploring the nearby beaches and surrounds (remember to pack that camera!). Camp duties are shared rotationally amongst the entire team. As part of the internship program, there will be a lot of focus on developing leadership and teamwork abilities with the GVI Leadership course. After returning to base from your daily field work, you will undergo extra training with your mentor during the evenings or afternoons. This may involve watching presentations on certain theory topics which you will then need to base an assignment upon as well as weekly written assessments and oral and field discussions with your mentor. The Leadership course enables you to get more involved by equipping you with the skills to lead teams and supporting logistics. At the end of the internship, there will be a final evaluation which will assess your competencies against the criteria set out. By the end of the program, you will have the necessary skills, field based experience and certifications to begin a rewarding career in the conservation field of your choice.
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