Costa Rica News – If you’re lucky, you get to spend a week at the organisation of your dreams twiddling your thumbs, furtively checking Facebook, sending one and a half emails a day and fetching tea for people who will never, ever know or care that they’re saying your name wrong.
Travel firm HolidayPirates and the World Parrot Trust are looking for an ornithophile who will dedicate themselves to the protection of the species, in a unique tropical experience worth over €2,000 (£1,697).
Instead of slowly dying of boredom and fear in an office, your daily routine would involve feeding the parrots in the morning, surfing until lunch time, bird-watching in the tropical rainforest in the afternoon, and enjoying the sunset on the beach in the evening.
Alright for some.
In August, the best applicant will spend one month in Punta Islita, a Pacific paradise on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, as part of the Ara Project, which promotes the protection and preservation of parrots.
The lucky winner will work with conservationists for four weeks, looking after macaws, updating the charity’s blog and posting envy-inducing videos of you getting to know the local birds.
Maybe you’re passionate about conservation, or you’re thinking about working with animals.
Maybe you’re fleeing the country and need to lay low for a while.
Whatever your reason, hopeful Parrot Ambassadors need to submit upload a video to Youtube explaining why they are the best person for the job.
The videos will be judged by a panel of experts, who will post the shortlisted videos on the travel company’s website later this month. Users of the site will be able to officially vote for their favourites, and decide who should make it into the final top-three. From there, the judges will pick a winner.
Last year’s winner Lisa said her four weeks with the Ara Project was ‘one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life!’
According to a post on HolidayPirates’ website, Lisa said that ‘not only do you fly to the other side of the world and get the chance to learn a lot about their land and culture – but also the experience of helping something that matters.’
‘It’s a great feeling to know that you can contribute to the conservation of the birds and get closer to the goal every day. In addition to working and living in Costa Rica’s “jungle”, you can meet many nice people from all over the world, get the chance to see a lot of animal and insect species and can often spend a day at the beach (and learn to surf).’
Applications for this year’s adventure closed this week, but there’s always next year…
Keep your eye on the website for more announcements like this.
By Edith Hancock for Metro.co.uk