Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Programme, Costa Rica

Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


OstionalNicoya Peninsula, 50306CR


Volunteer in Costa Rica and become a sea turtle volunteer, helping to conserve and protect the populations of vulnerable Olive Ridleys . The project takes place in the spectacular Pacific coast of the Nicoya Province on the beach where Olive Ridley turtles come up in thousands at a time for this phenomenon of nature called "arribadas ".

You can join for 1 week up to 12 weeks all year round and we have places all throughout 2014& 2015 available.

Individuals, groups, students doing research and families all welcome.

As an Olive Ridley sea turtle volunteer, you will assist with:

  • Measuring the carapace (shell) length and width of nesting adult turtles
  • Helping with data collection for master books (record time, zone, activity, etc. of the turtles)
  • Supporting researchers with tagging and general checking
  • Nest exhumations
  • Beach cleanups (to remove debris that would impede the movement of nesting females or hatchlings)
  • Sports and cultural activities


Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Physically fit, Fluent in English and/or Spanish

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