Save the Sea Turtles of Costa Rica

Caribbean and Pacific Area, Costa Rica Wildlife & Environmental Conservation

Program

Description

Our projects have the most beautiful vegetation and attractive environment and are located at the Caribbean as well as the Pacific side of Costa Rica.

We work with leatherback turtles from January to August and with the green sea turtle from August to December, the remaining months we prepared a kind of nest and we works with the community and the school. The project is closed in the end of December.

Leatherback Turtles: Leatherbacks can exceed 540 kg (1180 lbs). Leatherback turtles are generally not killed by poachers for their meat but for their eggs which are among the most desirable turtle eggs.

Green Sea Turtes: Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) are not actually green but take their name from the colour of their body fat. These turtles are hunted for both their eggs and their meat, which is widely held to be the most delicious of all the sea turtle species.

The volunteer will be trained in sea turtle monitoring techniques and will work under the supervision of the Research Coordinators. They will work mainly with adult Leatherback turtles, adult Green turtles and Leatherback hatchlings. Some Hawksbills may arrive to the beach but it's not very common. The primary responsibilities of the Volunteers will include leading night beach censuses, conducting morning beach surveys, tagging and collecting data, and relocating and excavating nests.

Monitoring activities are carried out along 6 km of nesting beach. Volunteers will be in charge of leading volunteers and/or groups of students while on the beach, explaining the beach protocol and supervising them on the process of data collection.

Volunteers are expected to participate in other activities carried out by the Reserve like environmental education activities, talks and workshops with students and volunteers, beach cleaning, recycling projects, or other needs of the station. Volunteers are expected to work long hours throughout day or night, often with little sleep.

Impact

Tasks that may seem miniscule or “too small to make a difference” actually have the opposite effect. Volunteers help improve areas around the world by completing any and every task, from mending fences and picking up trash to painting a community building or filling a classroom with necessary supplies. How volunteers make a difference is by recognizing no task is too small or insignificant.

Field conditions

The turtle activities of the volunteers are:

night patrols in different shifts (one group goes from 20:00 to 00:00 and another from 00:00 to 04:00)
working in the care nursery where they carry all eggs to guard them until they hatch (this is done in periods of 4 to 6 hours 24/7 depending on the number of volunteers who have the project)
We also work in social work such as

a vegetable garden at the school which is right next to the project
teaching English at the school
make composting with coconut fiber
recycling program for plastic
maintenance work the volunteer house take turns every day to help in the kitchen
cleaning the beach
bird monitoring
different occasional social work

Arrival and orientation

Volunteers arrive to San Jose, staying at a hotel, the next day preferably Monday morning take a bus that takes them to the project, (4,5 hours aprox.) Pacific Side.

Caribbean side: 2nd. bus is taken to other community (30 minutes ) and take a boat to the project (30 minutes).

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Volunteers working in Turtle Conservation Project stay in ranger house or volunteer house accommodations close to the project near the beach. Dorm style accommodation is provided where you will be sharing rooms with other volunteers. Upon arrival in Costa Rica, volunteers are provided lodging in a host family accommodation in Escazu. After completing the orientation and project introduction on the first days, volunteers join their respective Turtle Conservation Project in either Pacific or Caribbean Coast.

The place is surrounded by nature and is very safe site for volunteers, it is a small community where everyone knows each other and help each other, the Coast Guard station is 200 meters from the project or inside the project.

Location

Cost

from $280 USDper week

from $280 USDper week

Costs...

What’s included

  • All meals

  • Training and support

  • Project supplies

  • Airport pickup

  • Housing

What’s not included

  • Transportation to and from project site

  • Airport dropoff

  • Travel insurance

  • Air tickets

Start dates

VOLUNTEER NOW COSTA RICA is located in Escazu (San Jose) and Guanacaste Area (Coco Beach), in Costa Rica. This is a family company that has been around since 2004 and enlisted the aid of hundreds of volunteers from all over the world to work on the ecological and social projects our company offers.

OUR MISSION: Meet all the needs of each volunteer in this beautiful country and create a unique and different atmosphere.

OUR VISION: Position ourselves as leaders in volunteer services at national and international level.

OUR VALUES:

Respect

Responsibility

Honesty

Integrity

Quality in our services

Reliability

Safety

Commitment

Trust

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