Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica
Who: 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.
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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