Leatherback and Black Turtle Project, Costa Rica

Help to conserve and protect the populations of critically endangered East Pacific Leatherback and Pacific Green Sea Turtles in Costa Rica.  The project takes place in the spectacular Pacific coast of the Nicoya Province on the beach where Olive Ridley turtles come up in thousands at a time for this phenomenon of nature called "arribadas".

You can join for 2 weeks up to 12 weeks all year round. Individuals, groups, students and families are all welcome.

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What to Expect?

As a volunteer, you will take part in several tasks, including:

-Night beach patrols

-Assisting in the collection of biometric data from nesting turtles

-Assisting in the relocation of nests

-Day/night hatchery duties

-Nest monitoring

-Collection of biometric data from hatchlings

-Hatchling liberation

Other work may involve beach cleanup (to remove debris that would impede the movement of nesting females or hatchlings) and projects including the initial construction of a beach hatchery. Volunteers should be aged 18+, have an interest in biology, conservation or a related field, and be fluent in either English or Spanish.

  • Program ID: # 1727
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Costa Rica
    10° 1' 16.5288" N, 85° 43' 33.51" W
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    San Jose (SJO)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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