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ACICRC07-20 COSTA RICA SanJoseSanJoseProvinceCostaRica... ENVI,EDU,ANIM 03/03/2023 31/10/2024

Spirogyra Butterfly Garden | ACICRC07-20 | 2023-03-03 - 2024-10-31 | ENVI,EDU,ANIM | Age: 18 - 99

Spirogyra is a butterfly farm located 10 minutes from downtown San José, Costa Rica and nested in the last forested stronghold of the metropolitan area, a tropical paradise in the centre of our busy capital city. It is for this reason that one of our goals is to preserve and enrich the total area of the farm (7.000m2) and we hope in the near future to open trails, which have proper information about the flora and fauna of the place and will allow visitors to tour the entire farm. The proximity to the Simón Bolívar Zoo makes our project even more interesting because both form part of the banks of the Torres River, where there is still a small gallery forest, which functions as a natural air filter and oxygen producer. It is also a refuge for a large number of small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects, including butterflies. The well-known writer P.J. De Vries, writes in his books on Costa Rican butterflies, he refers to the Central Valley as "a corridor between the Atlantic and Pacific slopes, where butterfly species can be observed flying together, which are normally confined to different areas". So in our 350 M2 Exhibition Garden, visitors can see several of Costa Rica s most beautiful butterfly species, observe their life cycle and how to reproduce them in captivity. Vision: Spirogyra is through the responsible reproduction of butterflies a model of eco-sustainable development. Throughout the year, we receive groups of students in our facilities in order to teach them, among other things, that it is possible to make rational use of our natural resources, causing a minimum impact on the environment. Mission: In addition to reproducing, conserving and exporting 20 different species of butterflies native to Costa Rica, as well as environmental education to all visitors and educational entities. Spirogyra is also an agent for several groups of women, belonging to rural communities, close to our primary forests, where the cultivation of butterflies is an alternative to the traditional sources of work, trades that exert a continuous pressure for the logging of forests.

Work: Possible tasks - Laboratory work: Keeping it tidy and clean, collecting plants to feed larvae, transferring fresh food to the larvae, cleaning drawers with water and chlorine, changing organic paper, keeping materials in their respective places, keeping a record of the data in the production sheet (hatching, pupae, larvae, and eggs collected), etc. - Garden work: Weeding and pruning the plants, composting the plants and maintaining the compost bin, cleaning the garden benches, ensuring that the larvae have food, eggs and pupae; maintenance of the butterfly feeders, taking care of the land turtles from the turtle pond, taking care of the waterfall in the turtle pond, taking care of the orchids, cleaning and maintaining order in the cellar, etc. - Tasks of the Naturalist Guide: The volunteer has to have knowledge of the butterflies and biology which he/she will obtain after a few months in the project, then it would be possible for them to do the tasks with the guides. To support in the education of visitors about ecology and the importance of butterflies in the ecosystem, as well as the introduction to the trail. - Administrative work Work at the reception, for example handing out guides/flyers to the tourists. Online/marketing, translating documents and translating the tourist guides, making videos and taking pictures of the projects, etc.

Accomodation and food: (x) Hosting situation provided by Local Family. ( ) Hosting situation provided by the Project. Families will always be located in San José, in order to keep a reasonable distance between the hosting situation and the project, so volunteers will normally need to take one or two local buses in order to get to the placement and go back to the hosting situation. Families can be very different from each other.

Location: SanJoseSanJoseProvinceCostaRica

Location and Leisure: Close to San José downtown, urban area. San José is the capital city of Costa Rica and also its biggest city, which means volunteers will have access to all kinds of services and facilities. It is important to mention that volunteers have to pay attention and be careful when walking around the neighbourhood, careful about the traffic and not paying attention to anybody in the street. The project is located very close to the ACI office, which means staff members from ACI can support the new incoming volunteers to enter the first day.

Airport: SJO

Train/Bus station: Volunteers will be picked up at the airport.

Requirements: ● To be over 18 years old. ● To be a person interested in nature and the environment. ● To wear appropriate clothing (boots, working clothes, long pants, etc.). ● To bring working gloves. ● To respect the rules of the institution. ● To be open to do administrative work. ● To have computer skills. ● To have a basic level of English or Spanish.

Volunteers will be picked up at the airport.

Language: esp

Extra Fee: 300 USD

Spirogyra Butterfly Garden is a permanent project, so they receive volunteers all year long. They have a capacity of around 2 volunteers per week and there are no limitations in the number of female or male volunteers, but yes, we recommend volunteers to be adults (+18).