Volunteer with Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Punta Arenas, Costa Rica

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Volunteering Solutions

(52 Reviews)
  • From $966 USD for 1 Week

  • 1 - 16 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 17 And Older



The Turtle Conservation Program is ideal for enthusiastic and ecologically sensitive volunteers who want to ensure Costa Rica’s turtle population does not become further endangered. Projects take place on beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific coast. They aim to protect turtle nests from human poachers and to help manage sustainable egg-harvesting programs. Although variable, volunteer activities generally include working in hatcheries with local staff to harvest eggs, beach cleaning, night patrolling, counting turtles, and collecting eggs to keep them away from predators.

In addition to enthusiasm, a willingness to learn about new cultures, and a strong work ethic, volunteers must be in good physical condition to perform hard, manual labor.

Arrival and Orientation

You will be greeted at the San Jose International Airport by the local coordinator or representative, who will transport you to your accommodations, in either Heredia or Santa Barbara. Volunteers who arrive by car or are already in Costa Rica will be picked up at a meeting point coordinated before your arrival.

After completing orientation and the project introduction, you will join your Turtle Conservation Project on either the Pacific or Caribbean Coast. Orientation is conducted by the local staff and covers topics such as:

- Costa Rican Customs

- Rules and Expectations

- Safety and Introduction to your project and placement


Volunteers are provided with three cooked meals a day at the host family house. Local Costa Rican dishes are a fusion of international cuisines, commonly made from rice, vegetables, beans, meat, chicken, etc.

During Your Free Time

Volunteers are free to explore, shop at local markets, or, in other words, be a tourist in their free time. Going to the beach is a great weekend getaway; Costa Rica has over 1,000 miles of gorgeous white-and-black sand beaches. Whatever terrain you’re seeking, you’re bound to find unparalleled natural beauty, active volcanoes, rainforests, and a wide range of national parks and ecotourism.


Upon arrival in Costa Rica, you will be staying with a host family in Heredia or Santa Barbara for the first few days. After orientation and project introductions are completed, you will then be transferred to a volunteer house or a ranger house closer to your assigned project near the Pacific or Caribbean Coast. Accommodations in the volunteer or ranger house are dormitory style, so you will be sharing rooms with other volunteers.

Field Conditions

Volunteer projects are located around five to six hours from the city of San Jose. Volunteers in this program work in beaches along the Pacific Coast and the Caribbean coast. All volunteers joining this program should be prepared to do hard manual work and should be in good physical condition.

Your Impact

You will have a considerable impact on the mission of this program when you participate in the following volunteer activities:

- General infrastructure maintenance

- Tourist attention

- Control Walks

- Monitoring of the nesting activity (species identification, Biometric information and marking among several others)

- Protection and monitoring of eggs

- Liberation of newborn turtles

- Obtaining information on the remains of the nest

- Beach cleaning when you see garbage

- Separation of recyclables ( plastic, glass, cardboard etc.) from the garbage


Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Punta Arenas, Costa Rica

    Volunteer will be working primarily along the beach.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Santa Barbara, Costa Rica

    Volunteers will stay with a host family for the first few days then transfer to a ranger or volunteer house closer to the beach.

  • Nearest Airport
    Juan Santamaría International Airport, San Jose


<p>The cost includes an application fee of $250.</p>

1 Week
16 Weeks
1 Week

$966 USD

What’s Included

  • Internet Access at Local Office

  • Meals

  • Accommodation

  • Orientation on Arrival

  • Pickup from San Jose International Airport and Transfer to Accommodation

  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff

What’s Not Included

  • Return Airport Drop

  • Any Personal Expenses

  • Local Transportation

  • Airport Taxes

  • Visa and Visa Extension Fee

  • Airfare

Project Start Dates

Select Sundays year round.


Volunteering Solutions is a highly respected and accredited organization that coordinates volunteer abroad opportunities for high school students, individuals, couples, and even corporate groups. They’ve been running volunteer traveling programs since 2006, and in that time, they’ve helped more than 12,000 volunteers complete trips that have been life changing not only for them but also for the people they’ve helped. Volunteering Solutions operates in 19 countries, and provides over 100 types of volunteering and interning options in areas like child care, medical, education, conservation, community development, and much more. By coordinating volunteer efforts with local social welfare organizations around the world, Volunteering Solutions guarantees that your impact truly benefits the people you're there to help.

To help you get the most out of your journey, and to make the trip as safe and stress-free as possible, Volunteering Solutions takes care of the placement, accommodations, travel, meals, and security for each volunteer. That way, you're free to focus your attention on what's important, like helping the community, helping the people, growing as an individual, and exploring a new country, new cultures, and new practices.

Reviews (52)


Dec 03, 2017

To give a summary, the last five weeks have been the most amazing five weeks of my life.
When arriving at the center you are warmly welcomed and shown around. It is a lot to take in because the center is pretty big and there are a lot of animals ...

Xinyi Yang

Sep 27, 2017

It's a interesting journey. In this journey I tried a lot thing that are first time.

Shuwen Tang

Sep 26, 2017

This volunteer experience for me is very meaningful. I was really enjoy the two weeks I spent in Thailand. I knew many new things, the stuffs are all very responsive and the members in our group are very nice. That was a challenge for me to be a volunteer, with ... +more


Sep 25, 2017

The trip was really awesome. It was my first time to go outside Europe and this project was the ideal thing to do for the first time! It is a good combination between different volunteering projects, travelling, and being with international people. The week in Mr. Lee's elephant village ... +more

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