Working with marine turtles is magical. They show you the pressing need that our oceans must be conserved and protected. These aged species have been on this planet for thousands of years, and only in these last decades, and by human impacts, have we seen their numbers decline. Some have now reached 'critically endangered' status.
As a participant, you can be the difference, and not only to improve the conservation of the species, but also helping to sustain the balance of their habitat. Living in tropical and warm beaches, enjoying the coast, practicing Spanish, meeting people from around the world, as well as locals, you will be well versed with the land and the culture. Rain or shine, you will patrol the beaches at night, looking for these ancient creatures, helping them to survive, and to sustain the population for future generations.
This program operates on multiple beach locations within Costa Rica, and depends on seasonal factors. Costs cover accommodation, meals, training, and 24/7 support.
What to Expect?
Costa Rica is a developing country. In some parts of the coast there is no electricity, minimal municipal infrastructure, and in some locations, you will stay in the coastal wilderness, accessing water from wells, and electricity from solar panels. These are basic services, but everyone is comfortable.
The daily work is hard, working at least two hours towards cleaning the beach, hatchery shifts, rescue center shifts, and maintenance support. At night, we will walk several kilometers on soft sand beaches in the dark. Remember you are in the Tropics, and it can be hot and rainy. You must expect a full hands-on project. You will be trained you how to save turtles, relocate nests, and studying their threats. During the peak times, you will work with several nesting female turtles, and hundreds of baby turtles.
Two locations are available: Pacuare and Osa Peninsula. Meeting point is at office in San Jose.
- Program ID: # 2016
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: San Jose Osa PeninsulaCosta Rica8° 30' 18.3816" N, 83° 17' 17.3544" WCR
- Fitness level: Light ImpactModerately Fit
- Closest Airport: San Jose (SJO)
- Costs From: $1000 to $1500
- Program Type: Community Development ProjectsEnvironmental & Wildlife Programs
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