Volunteer to Protect Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Various Locations, Costa Rica

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Love Volunteers

(55 Reviews)
  • From $668 USD for 1 Week

  • 1 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older



This Turtle Conservation Project was created with an intention to help preserve sea turtles and ensure they have long and productive futures. Through this amazing project, there lies an undying determination to make sure such majestic creatures are protected from extinction. Due to indiscriminate human plundering spanning decades, sea turtle numbers have drastically decreased, rendering them to become enlisted as endangered species.

In working with this conservation effort, you will interact with many main sea turtle species that inhabit the Pacific. You will assist in protecting and nurturing clutches of eggs laid across viral beach nesting grounds, from June to December. Alternatively, you could work on conservation and research projects. Our main goals include creating safer nesting grounds, increasing understanding and ensuring more hatchlings reach the Pacific Ocean to allow for the uninterrupted continuation of sea turtle development.

With your instinct, sea turtles will have a new home, with space to recreate and reproduce, so they don’t become extinct.

Arrival and Orientation

You will arrive in Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose, on a Saturday. Here, you will be picked up at the local airport and transferred to a temporary home-stay accommodation in Santa Barbara de Heredia. Here lies the local team’s main office, where you will be taken to on Sunday and receive a detailed orientation welcoming you to Costa Rica. This orientation will help you settle in and find out more details about your placement. Local team officials will educate you about local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations as well as expectations for your experience here.

Afterwards, you will be taken by bus to the project site. A local project representative will meet you on arrival and take you to your accommodation to settle in. You will meet your project leader and get straight to work. No worries.

Program Arrival Day: Saturday

Program Departure Day: Saturday


All project volunteers will be accommodated in shared dorm-style rooms within project grounds or hosted by a local family nearby, depending on your designated assignment. In each case, volunteers will be able to enjoy all basic amenities. A bathroom, electricity, and hot water to refresh after a long day’s work. Although you may not need the latter too much given Costa Rica’s hot temperatures year-round. Just be sure to take some sunscreen and lotion with you just in case!

A large communal area can be found at the project site for volunteers and staff, including full kitchen facilities for you to whip up a good meal. There’s also a dining area as well as comfortable couches and hammocks to kick your feet up and relax. Past volunteers have expressed their fondness for these surroundings and how awesome it is to live within the rescue center itself. All work and no play is no fun, so you’ll be surrounded by a calm atmosphere where you can work in peace and have a little enjoyment when work days end.

You will receive three meals each day, all included in your project fee. All volunteers are expected to cook and clean, so everyone contributes at meal times. You get to showcase your cooking expertise, eat your wonderful cooking, and share it with your teammates. Like you’re home away from home. A real family feel!

Field Conditions

All working on this program will provide support research and conservation work. This includes counting turtles, measuring nests, collecting scientific information, and night beach patrols. You will also assist in protecting turtle nests from human poachers, egg-harvesting programs and help in hatcheries. If possible, volunteers may also be allowed to participate in releasing hatchlings to sea. Outside breeding season, which happens from January until May, volunteers will help with other vital conservation projects, including developing advanced infrastructure on beaches. This development features building and lighting projects to mitigate adverse effects of vehicle and human traffic on turtle nesting grounds. It also involves maintaining the beach, ensuring it stays in tip-top shape.

Volunteers will contribute in a lot of ways and can expect to indulge in tasks such as:

– Assisting in the turtle hatcheries

– Working on beach and turtle hatching ground conservation projects

– Participating in releasing hatchings to sea

– Protecting and patrolling hatching grounds

A volunteer’s work day on this project will usually last between four and six hours. While volunteers are asked to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule will likely go as follows:

7:00 am - Breakfast in the communal area

8:15 am - Pre-start meeting with the project supervisor

8:30 am - Volunteering duties begin

A tea break and lunch break will take place during the day. However, be warned, break timing will change depending on local staff needs, as well as how many volunteers are on hand so you may need to be flexible.

4:00 pm - Volunteering duties end

Evenings – Free time to relax, get to know your fellow volunteers, eat dinner, tell stories, what you want to do. Use this time well so you can get ready for another day’s work in earnest!

Your Impact

You will strive to ensure that sea turtles are saved from extinction and allowed to return to nature so that they can create and grow their kind. Working on projects such as these make you wonder why such precious creatures are being left to rot, one by one.

Making sure nesting environments are safe and clean help ensure that hatchlings get to the Pacific Ocean without issue. This key task allows for younger sea turtles to have places to roam and live a new, healthier life. Ensure that you do your due diligence by researching these special creatures so, on arrival, you will understand how they operate and what will be needed to save them.

Also, inter-cultural exchange between volunteers and locals is highly encouraged. Learn about Costa Rica, its warm people, and colorful culture. There are parks, forest reserves, and beaches for your recreational pleasures. Not to mention, a few volcanos. All being well, you will erupt with laughter, joy and feel great pride in being part of a project with great intentions and friendly staff.

You play a very vital role in this project’s execution, and a willing volunteer labor force allows such projects to be highly successful. You will feel wanted and make those you’re helping feel wanted just the same.


Various Locations, Costa Rica
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Costa Rica

    Various locations across Costa Rica

  • Where you'll be staying
    Costa Rica

    Shared dorm-style rooms or placement with a host family, depending on your project assignment

  • Nearest Airport
    Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica


<p>The cost includes your registration fee, meals, housing, and airport pickup.</p>

1 Week
12 Weeks
1 Week

$668 USD

What’s Included

  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!

  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership

  • Program supervision

  • 24/7 local support network

  • Food/Meals (as specified above)

  • Accommodation (as specified above)

  • Orientation and safety briefing on arrival

  • Airport pick-up on arrival

  • Access to the LV Dashboard

  • Dedicated pre-departure support

What’s Not Included

  • Return airport transfer

  • Excursions

  • Local transport

  • Spending money

  • Additional food/snack items

  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)

  • Flights, Visas & Vaccinations

Project Start Dates

This project is available year-round and programs start every Saturday. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.


A top volunteering organization recognized worldwide, Love Volunteers (LV) has been placing volunteers across several countries since 2009. At Love Volunteers, there is deep commitment towards making a lasting difference in developing communities and offering hope to both human and animal life.

Ever since launching this venture, Love Volunteers remains committed to providing transparent and cost-effective volunteering. LV has over 120 projects in 34 countries worldwide, placing over 20,000 volunteers since inception. Based in New Zealand, LV’s team has people who love and live for adventure. This team takes much pride and joy in working hard to deliver top-level assistance, as well as delivering life-altering volunteer experiences.

The name says it all, but the people ensure there’s much more behind that name. Love Volunteers ensure volunteers get top treatment from locals while making sure they get invaluable experiences that last a lifetime. Join LV’s cause, and you can have those moments you can tell your children and grandchildren about!

Reviews (55)


Jun 10, 2018

I am inclined to believe that these perfect 5 star reviews are fake. I recently returned from a trip organized by this agency and it was a mess. Not only was I taken advantage of financially but when I reached out to love volunteers they could care less and in ... +more

Mikela Kring

Apr 27, 2018

I was a medical volunteer in Fewa City Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal.
I am a pre-med graduate from Denmark meaning that I had no previous hands-on experience.
But I still got to observe, participate and help so many people. It was wonderful, challenging, educational and eye-opening. I learned so much ...

Lisa Sloan

Apr 05, 2018

This year was my third placement through Love Volunteers and they are just the best! All of the arrangements they have made have been perfect. They check in frequently to make sure their volunteers are safe and happy, and they take time to ask for feedback regarding the placement. I ... +more


Apr 01, 2018

I had a fantastic time volunteering for an NGO in Cambodia working to support rural communities in adopting sustainable farming practices. I felt like I was helping to make a genuine difference in the lives of disadvantaged families and had great opportunities to have some experiences I would never have ... +more

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