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Fortuna Forest Reserve
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 30
Persons: 2 to 5
Category: Backpacker Hostel
Host ID: 3809
Country: Panama

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Last Updated: May 6, 2017

Our volunteers contribute their creative energy and talent at our busy jungle hostel. We are located in the Panamanian highlands (on the main road between both oceans) on more than 30 acres of rain forest (cloud forest) and re-purposed organic coffee farm. Because it is one of the only pieces of titled land, the community is looking to us alone to develop tourism. We are the deepest private reserve within the La Fortuna nature park. We host backpackers, volunteers, scientists, nature enthusiasts, birders etc. Because we want to employ as many persons from the local community as possible, volunteers are not simply used to cut down our labor costs. All volunteers help out with customer service and various projects, from expanding our trails, helping out with art projects, working on our treasure hunts and many other cool projects that help grow our vision.

Minimum commitment length we are looking for from volunteers is 2 months (please do not apply if otherwise). During the initial 3 days the volunteer stays as a guest to see what it is like living in the jungle. During this time a volunteer can decide if they are comfortable with the conditions. Volunteers start on the 4th day. We look forward to sharing the experience of living in the jungle with you.

We are in the Lonely Planet book in both the Central America on a shoestring book as well as the Panama book. Our hostel has very favorable reviews elsewhere. It is free to work as a volunteer with us (after the initial mandatory 3 day stay as a guest).

Please contact us for more information about available volunteer positions and to request our volunteer application form.

We have been hosting volunteers for 10 years. We look forward to hearing from you!

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