Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

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Project summary

Volunteer abroad on our Sea Turtle conservation projects in Costa Rica. These projects have been created with the purpose of protecting the female sea turtles, their nests and hatchlings laid on beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica. Protection is needed, against poachers and natural and introduced predators. This is done using a man-made shelter called a "vivero". Refuges have been created in order to protect important nesting sites for the Pacific Olive Ridley, the Leatherback, Green turtles and Hawksbill turtles.

Research for the nesting activity of the turtles takes place alongside the conservation work and is used to improve the next seasons activities and techniques. The information is shared with the community, local and regional authorities with the goal of increasing awareness about conservation. The sea turtle conservation programme is a scientific based conservation activity, which aims to raise the number of sea turtle hatchlings and to improve survival rates of these beautiful reptiles. Sea turtles are a wonderful legacy from prehistoric times and the goal is to preserve the species and associated ecosystems.

Why choose this project?

On this sea turtle conservation project, more volunteers, there is an increased chance that more hatchlings can be saved, so there can never be enough people involved. Working with a local team, build relationships and use the Spanish that you acquire during your intensive Spanish lessons prior to your project placement. These are great items for addition to your CV/Resume. It is also an opportunity for members of the local community to practice their English skills with native English speaking volunteers which helps them to appreciate different accents and gain confidence.

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