VOLUNTEER & RESEARCH
Cloudbridge offers a rich experience in a beautiful and biodiverse part of the world, whether you want to do your own research; contribute to some of our existing, ongoing research projects; or, contribute your existing skills and learn new ones while volunteering. While at the reserve, you’ll meet and work with like-minded people from all over the world, each with a passion for the environment and their own experiences and expertise to share.
The volunteer or intern experience gained here often furthers academic or career goals. However, you do not need a background in biology or environmental studies in order to contribute. Whatever your skills are, we can put them to good use!
Everyone gets hands-on learning around forest recovery and conservation, sees the progress of the plantation, hikes the Reserve’s steep slopes and enjoys the views of the valleys and waterfalls. 100% of your contribution goes directly to cloud forest reforestation, education and protection.
“Cloudbridge is a place that I will never forget and forever support, due to the important work that is done over here. The staff of Cloudbridge was always friendly and fun to have around. They were eager to give us a good experience and widen our horizon.” Felix Burmann, Germany (Cloudbridge Volunteer, 2016)
There are three ways you can volunteer or research at Cloudbridge:
- Research intern: Contribute to Cloudbridge’s ongoing research program, where you will be assigned to one of our research projects.
- Independent researcher: Propose and conduct your own research.
- Volunteer: Help the reserve in a variety of ways, according to our needs, and your abilities and interests. This may include planting trees, trail or reserve maintenance, construction projects or assisting tourists.
- Group Volunteering: Short-term group projects that combine learning about the cloud forest with a service project. See the Education section for more information.
Accommodations and Costs
Housing is provided at $15 USD per person per day and includes Wi-Fi, hot showers, shared bath, and shared kitchen. Food costs and cooking are the responsibility of the individual volunteer/researcher, most of whom can eat a basic, mostly vegetarian diet for around $5 USD per day. Most people stay in shared rooms, although some private rooms with queen beds may be available (subject to current occupancy) for an additional fee. Housing fees are paid one month in advance to the Cloudbridge Manager.
A $200 “good faith” fee is required prior to being accepted as a volunteer or researcher. This fee will be credited toward your accommodation fees for the last 2 weeks of your stay. The fee is payable through the Donate page.
For more information on living at Cloudbridge, see Plan Your Trip.
To apply, please fill and submit the Volunteer/Research Application.
Questions? Email Tom Gode at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit our blog site for monthly updates and photos on our volunteers and researchers, their projects, and other activities at Cloudbridge Nature Reserve.