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Conservation in action: Trail building in Costa Rica

Raleigh Expedition Volunteers in Costa Rica support conservation efforts in national parks by constructing trails to improve accessibility.

14th April 2022

Costa Rica’s natural environment faces a range of threats from poachers, pollution, illegal deforestation and forest fires, which affect vast areas of protected land and has endangered an increasing number of species. Despite the national pride for its biodiversity and initiatives to support it, there is little state support to finance and conserve natural resources within Costa Rica’s national parks. This limits the capacity of Park Rangers to maintain and protect infrastructure within these parks, which in turn limits conservation itself.

In Costa Rica, Raleigh Expedition Volunteers have been working side-by-side with skilled park rangers to improve access in national parks through the construction of new trails. These trails will support conservationists to continue vital work to preserve nature in Costa Rica, as well as opening to door to tourism which supports local communities.

Hear from Will, Raleigh Expedition Volunteer, about their trail building project in Barbilla National Park in Costa Rica:

Volunteer on a summer of action in Costa Rica

Join Raleigh Expedition

Work with innovative young people of Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, to preserve its natural resources. You will improve access to national parks and will work with local indigenous communities to improve access to education for some of Costa Rica’s most marginalised children. You will also build your skills on the adventure leadership trek. Challenge yourself on trek and help lead your team through a variety of stunning routes that tourists don’t get access to.

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