Turtle Conservation Project Volunteer in Costa Rica!

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PuntarenasPuerto Jimenez, Puntarenas 60702CR
Turtle Conservation Project Volunteer


INTRO: Do you love wildlife conservation? Would you like to live and work on a beautiful Costa Rican beach? Then become a volunteer on our amazing Turtle Conservation projects!

DETAILS: We collaborate with Costa Rican turtle conservation organizations with years of experience with volunteers and sea turtle conservation. They are in urgent need for more help! They receive thousands of sea turtles each year - but they have few volunteers to help cope with the amount of eggs and turtles. Throughout the project you’ll learn everything about sea turtle conservation and methods to preserve them - and at the same time you’ll live on a beautiful remote beach in Costa Rica.


  • Patrol beach daily
  • Move nests to hatchery and prepare the nests
  • Mark turtles that are nesting and that are trying to build a nest or are returning to the ocean
  • Search for marked turtles and gather data regarding the percentage of turtles that return to the beach during "arribada"
  • Count all turtles that arrive at the beach
  • Help the most amount of baby turtles to get safely into the ocean
  • Help build a watering system to help the hatchlings develop during the dry months
  • Help patrol the beach to protect nests from illegal extraction and predators
  • Taking the sand’s temperature in specific sections of the beach in the morning, at noon and at sunset
  • Gather information regarding egg development (or lack of) in all the nests and the and check for the presence of organisms inside them
  • Help extract and pack the eggs that are sold legally (only 1% of all the eggs laid are allowed to be sold).
  • Translate documents for the office
  • Clean the beach of tree trunks and other debris that has been washed on the beach
  • Clean the beach of all unwanted vegetation that takes over the nesting areas reducing the space available for turtles to nest
  • Plant trees in different areas of the beach and the town
  • Help with infrastructure activities like building schools, bridges, roads and other similar community activities

QUALIFICATIONS: An ideal volunteer on this project has a passion for animal conservation and biology, enjoys physical labor and loves being outdoors! You should be 18 years of age or older to participate. You don’t have to speak Spanish for this project, as project staff and other volunteers speak English.

DATES: The turtle project is available year around.

LOCATIONS: We have several project locations on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and some on the Caribbean Coast. Depending on the season we’ll place you where help is most needed at the time. The Caribbean season is usually from around February until late July, and the Pacific Coast season goes from June until March. Our locations on the Pacific Coast include Refugio Romelia close to Montezuma, Nombre del Jesus in Bahia de los Piratas, Camaronal, and Playa Matapalo near Quepos. The Caribbean locations include Pacuare and Parismina, both closely located to Tortuguero National Park.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: The turtle projects offer shared mixed-gender dormitory rooms with bunk beds. You’ll share the accommodation with your fellow volunteers. Food is Costa Rican typical food cooked for you and prepared by a chef. You’ll all eat together in a common space at certain hours. Breakfast is usually around 8am, lunch is around 12pm, and dinner is around 6 -7pm.

FEES: First week’s fee: $599. Every Additional Week: $229.

FEES EXPLAINED: Our organizational fee of around 299$ is included in the first week’s fee and covers the "behind the scenes costs", such as staff salaries, office space rental, transaction and bank fees, and more. Our weekly fee for additional weeks covers the costs of your host family or project accommodation and food, the local staff on your project, and a donation to help with the daily running costs of the program you will help on.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE: First and last night in San Jose in a hostel, travel to and from the international airport (airport shuttles are around 30$ each way to San Jose - We can set this up for you, just ask us during sign-up), travel to the project site (usually by public buses, which are from around 10-16$ one way), national/ International flights, travel insurance, visa costs, Any additional food or snacks besides the host family meals, extra-curricular activities.

MORE INFO, VIDEOS, PHOTOS: http://www.glvolunteers.com/projects/turtle-conservation/

APPLY: www.glvolunteers.com/apply/ !


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