Volunteer to survey turtles and tropical coastal habitat in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.


Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation

: Frontier

Where: Playa Carate, Corcovado National Park, The Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Focus:  Surveying of Olive Ridley, Pacific Green Turtles, and tropical coastal habitat

When: All year round, Peak turtle nesting seasons:

  • June to November for Olive Ridley turtles.
  • November to March for Pacific Green turtles.
  • March to May sightings are less frequent.

Duration: 1-20 weeks

Suitability: Over 18s

Cost: 1 week starts from GBP 415 – EUR 475 – USD 600 | Extra weeks from GBP 150.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Experience one of the most biologically intense places on the planet with an incredible 4% of the world’s species living within the Osa Peninsula.
  • Gain valuable field-based experience focusing on the two resident sea turtle species.
  • Learn about sea turtle ecology and biology and the various threats that these species are under, and how to conserve them.
  • Carry out day and night patrols on nearby beaches on the fringes of the rainforest to record species abundance, nesting preferences, female turtle health, nest success and act as a deterrent for predators and poachers.
  • Tag turtles and give them a health check.
  • Survey other wildlife including: primates, big cats and other mammals, tropical birds, amphibian and reptiles and butterflies (seasonal).
  • Assist with the conservation of vital habitats and their resident species.
  • Maintain and create trails.
  • Support awareness-raising events in the local community.
  • Work to improve the conservation status of some of the world’s most endangered species.
  • Learn to surf.

The Base

Accommodation: The comfortable but basic camp is based amongst dense tropical forest on the edge of Corcovado National Park near to Carate. The camp is a 5 minute walk from Playa Carate, a beach which stretches for over 20 miles.

Sleeping: Simple, shared, mixed-sex eco-cabins. Occasionally, volunteers will sleep on the beach in a tent or in a hammock

Food: 3 healthy meals a day. Cooking and cleaning are shared on a rotational basis, .

Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available.

Transport: Pick up from Puerto Jimenez weekly on a Monday before 12:00pm. Pick-ups available at all other times for an additional fee.


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