Protect Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Work on our Sea Turtle conservation project in Costa Rica which was created with the purpose of protecting the female sea turtles, their nests and hatchlings laid along beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica against poachers and natural and introduced predators, using a man-made shelter called a "vivero". Refuges have been created in order to protect important nesting sites for the Pacific olive ridley, the leatherback, green turtles and occasionally hawksbill turtles. At the same time the project team collects enough information about the nesting activity of the turtles so it can be used to improve the next seasons techniques and be shared with the community and local and regional authorities with the goal of building awareness about conservation.

The sea turtle conservation programme is a scientific based conservation activity in which volunteers try to increase the amount of sea turtle hatchlings to give higher survival possibilities to these beautiful reptiles. The Sea Turtle projects were created with this conservation purpose and help to protect areas essential to preserving sea turtles and their associated ecosystems. Sea turtles are a wonderful legacy from prehistoric times and our goal is to help them to survive. With more volunteers, there is an increased chance that more hatchlings can be saved, so there can never be enough people involved in this valuable project to bring this beautiful creature back from its endangered status.

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What to Expect?

In preparation for your two weeks volunteering you will spend your first week in San Jose developing your Spanish skills on an intensive Spanish course. You will then make your way to your placement location, where you will be involved with a number of different protection and maintenance activities. These may include beach patrolling at night; collecting eggs; trail and camp maintenance or research and data collection. As a volunteer you will have the amazing opportunity to help release baby sea turtle into the ocean. Much of the work on this project is carried out at night, generally between the hours of 8pm and 4am. Volunteers also work in the day time as well but are given time off to rest between the different shifts.

  • Program ID: # 2047
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Costa Rica
    9° 37' 23.1276" N, 84° 38' 4.3872" W
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    San Jose (SJO)
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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