Volunteer to monitor and rehabilitate nesting turtles in Costa Rica.

Volunteering Solutions

Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

: Volunteering Solutions

Where: Costa Rica. Two bases – Pacific coast and the Caribbean coast

Focus: Monitor nesting turtles and work at the turtle hatchery

When: All year round (set start dates)

Duration: 1-8 weeks

Suitability: Over 18s

 Cost: Available here

As a volunteer, you will:

  •  Help protect turtle nests from poachers and other predators.
  • Patrol the beaches at night to discover and protect any new nests.
  • Monitor turtle nesting activity and record data such as species identification, biometric information and markings.
  • Manage the sustainable egg-harvesting programme.
  • Work in the hatcheries and release new-born hatchlings into the sea.
  • Help educate tourists on turtle conservation.
  • General infrastructure maintenance.
  • Take part in beach clean ups, and recycle the waste collected.
  • Receive a conservation certification on request after completion of the project.

The base

Upon arrival, volunteers are provided lodging in a host family accommodation in Heredia or Santa Barbara. After completing the orientation and project introduction, volunteers join their respective Turtle Conservation Project on either the Pacific or Caribbean Coast.

Accommodation: A ranger, host-family or volunteer house near the beach.

Sleeping: Shared, same-sex dorm-style rooms.

Food: 3 meals a day.

Working week: Monday to Friday with weekends free to explore.

Support: Orientation session on arrival, 24-hour in-country volunteer support.

Transport: Airport pick up.

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