• Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
  • Location: Turtle Camp
  • Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Language Requirement: English
  • Airport Pick-up: Yes
  • Suitable for Groups: Yes
  • Travel Insurance: No, but mandatory
  • Local Language Class: 1 Week Included
  • Region: Guanacaste
  • Project Site: Beach Cabina
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Accommodation: Beach Cabin
  • Meals Included: 3 meals
  • Suitable for Families: Yes
  • Start Dates: Every Other Friday
  • Closed Dates: See program guide

Overview

Famous for its biodiversity, Costa Rica is home to several species of endangered sea turtle. Poaching and predators have forced native sea turtle numbers into decline but, with your help, we can reverse this trend. In Costa Rica, sea turtles are hunted for their meat and shells, and turtles’ eggs are a local delicacy, believed to have aphrodisiac powers. Based on the beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, volunteers maintain protected sea turtles habitats and hatcheries.

As a turtle conservation volunteer, you’ll have an authentic back-to-nature experience, living in rustic beach dorms. The project has daytime and evening elements; during the daytime, you’ll conduct activities such as documenting breeding, nesting and incubating turtle numbers, manning the hatchery and releasing newborn turtles. In the evenings, you’ll patrol the beach in search of newly-laid eggs, which are moved to the artificial hatchery for documentation. You'll also keep a watchful eye out for poachers and predators. Read more in the brochure.

Your Role

Sea turtle conservation volunteers work during the day and night, maintaining the beach project site and hatchery, documenting turtle numbers, releasing offspring and patrolling the beach for predators and poachers. You’ll help compile vital data about sea turtles as part of an international monitoring project while protecting endangered turtle species for generations to come.

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Work Schedule

Sea Turtle Conservation Program volunteers work six days per week, both in the daytime and at night. Research and maintenance tasks are carried out during the day and patrols take place at night.

Journey to Project

The turtle conservation work takes place on the same beach that you will be living on. 

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