The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
As a marine conservation volunteer, you will assist in ongoing sea turtle and ray monitoring projects. This will include:
Working side-by-side with local community members to conduct night patrols of the beach.
Looking for nesting sea turtles.
Collecting data and tagging the turtles.
Monitoring the local ray populations by snorkeling and collecting data on the species, and occasionally tagging them to better understand their migratory patterns.
Possibly sea grass and coral reef monitoring.
Your time will be divided among the activities and each day will vary. For example, ray, sea grass, and reef monitoring take place in the morning, about 8am-12pm. Sea turtle monitoring will take place at night, about 9:30pm-1am. Your exact schedule will depend on the weather conditions and needs at that time.
Basic level of Spanish
A genuine passion for animal conservation
Ability to work independently as well as in a team
Flexibility in work schedules and tasks to accommodate day to day needs of a local institution
Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high sun, element, and temperature exposure
Ability to independently collect and register data
We encourage all volunteers to stay as long as possible to maximize local and personal benefit. Minimum stay is 1 week, maximum is 12 weeks.
You will live with a Costa Rican family near the center of town. They will cook all of your meals for you and can adapt based on your dietary preferences. Staying with a family is a great way to learn about Costa Rican culture, eat typical food, and practice your Spanish!