Volunteer with Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Various Location, Costa Rica

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Love Volunteers

(36 Reviews)
  • From $668 for 1 Week

  • 1 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates



This wonderful project was created with the goal of helping to preserve the amazing sea turtle. The Turtle Conservation Program works to conserve the future of this majestic creature, which through decades of indiscriminate human plundering, has been drastically reduced in number to a point where it is now on the endangered species list. Sadly, without the help of widespread conservation efforts, including environmental, research and re-education programs, the great sea turtle could be lost forever. Working with several of the main species of sea turtles to inhabit the Pacific, the main focus of this project is to protect and nurture the clutches of eggs laid across vital beach nesting grounds (June to December), or work on conservation and research projects at other times. The aim is to create safer nesting grounds, increase understanding and ensure more hatchlings make it to the Pacific Ocean to allow for the continuation of the species.

Arrival and Orientation

Upon your arrival in San Jose you will be collected at the airport and taken to a temporary home-stay accommodation near the local team’s office in Santa Barbara de Heredia (just outside San Jose). The following day (Sunday), you will be collected and taken to the local office where you will receive a welcome orientation to help you settle in and find out about your volunteering placement. The local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts and ask any last questions you may have.

You will then be taken to the bus station and placed on the bus to the project site. A representative from the local project team will meet you on arrival and will take you to the accommodations to settle in. You will then be introduced to the project leader so that you can start volunteering. Easy!

Program Arrival Day: Saturday

Program Departure Day: Saturday


Volunteers on this project will be accommodated in shared dorm-style rooms within the project grounds or billeted with a local host family close by, depending on your designated project assignment. In either case, volunteers will be provided with all the basic amenities, including a bathroom, electricity and hot water for a nice shower at the end of a good day’s work!

At the project site, a large communal area is provided for volunteers and staff, which includes full kitchen facilities, a large dining area, comfortable couches and hammocks to relax on. This is a wonderful environment to volunteer in and past volunteers have raved about how cool it is to be able to live within the rescue center itself!

Three meals per day are provided at the project and are included in the program fee. Volunteers are often expected to help with cooking and cleaning up (using a roster-based system), so everyone contributes at meal times – bringing a wonderful ‘family’ feel to this project! Nice!

Field Conditions

Those working on this program will support research and conservation work which involves counting turtles, measuring nests, collecting scientific information and night beach patrols. They will also help protect turtle nests from human poachers, assisting on the egg-harvesting programs and helping in the hatcheries. Volunteers may also get the fantastic opportunity to participate in the subsequent release of hatchlings to the sea! Outside of the breeding season (January to May), volunteers will assist with other vital conservation projects such as the development of advance infrastructure on the beaches, including building and lighting projects to mitigate the adverse effect of vehicle and human traffic on turtle nesting grounds, as well maintaining the beach environment itself.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

- Assist in the turtle hatcheries

- Work on beach and turtle hatching ground conservation projects

- Participate in releasing hatchings to the sea

- Protect and patrol hatching grounds

What to expect

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast in the communal area

8:15am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

8:30am Volunteering duties start

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

4:00pm Volunteering duties end

Evenings Free time to simply relax, hang out with your fellow volunteers, have dinner together, then relax some more!

Your Impact

Goals of this Project

- To save the sea turtle from extinction.

- Work on projects to improve the environment for nests and to make the hatchlings journey to the Pacific Ocean safer.

- Research these wonderful creatures so a greater understanding of how to save them can be gained.

- Enable inter-cultural exchange between international volunteers and locals.


Various Location, 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


The $299 registration fee is including in the pricing table.

1 Week
12 Weeks
1 Week


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.


Love Volunteers (LV) is recognized as one of the top volunteering organizations in the world. Since 2009, Love Volunteers has been actively fulfilling its mission of serving local communities in developing countries by providing transparent and cost effective volunteering. With over 120 projects in 34 countries around the world, LV has placed over 20,000 volunteers and counting. Headquarted in New Zealand, this small team of passionate adventurers take great great pride in working hard to deliver life-changing intercultural volunteer experiences!

Reviews (36)


Oct 16, 2017

Love Volunteers is such an amazing organization. I can't stress enough how kind and helpful they were doing the whole trip process. They were happy to answer any question I asked, and made the process as smooth as possible. I would recommend Love Volunteers to everyone. I can't ... +more


Jan 04, 2013

I volunteered through Love Volunteers for 2 and a half months in Kenya and Tanzania in 2012 and loved every minute of it.

Love Volunteers were extremely helpful and quick to respond to any questions I had. Prior to leaving I was nervous to fly out to Kenya but had ...


Dec 04, 2012

My experience through Love Volunteers was excellent. They provided me lots of good information before I chose where I wanted to volunteer. The information pack which was sent out, full on info on where I was going, was great and helped set my expectations for my trip. Communication with the ... +more

ronak patel

Sep 01, 2016

My 3 weeks in Costa Rica were extraordinary. At the airport, two members of the local team were waiting for me with two other volunteers that had just arrived. They drove us to the Animal Rescue Center, it was raining really hard, since it was the rain season at that ... +more

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