The Corcovado Foundation is a leading not-for-profit volunteering and conservation organization in Costa Rica with an exceptional reputation for community engagement. Our conservation projects are based in the southern Pacific region known as the Osa Peninsula, which is famous for its extreme biodiversity and pristine wilderness. We champion the rights of local communities and all of our programs have an intense focus on building relationships with the Costa Rican people in the region. By respecting the needs of local people, we can work together to create a culture of sustainable development and conservation. Established in 1996 by concerned neighbors of Corcovado National Park, the foundation's founding project involved working with ACOSA to institute patrols and rangers stations in the biologically diverse area surrounding the national park, greatly reducing illegal hunting and logging.