Help Save Sea Turtles

gegründet 2003
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Koordinator | Marion
Koordinator | Marion
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Explore Costa Rica, one of the most amazing countries in the world
Experience the relaxed "tica way of life"! Tica refers to how the Costa Ricans call themselves :-)
Boost your CV adding international volunteer experience
Make new friends from around the world while sharing with other international volunteers
Visit amazing places throughout a country that is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and beaches
Protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica! Lend a helping hand to protect these beautiful sea creatures.
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

During your volunteer work you support a turtle protection project in a nature reserve in Costa Rica. This is located on the Nicoya Peninsula, in the province of Guanacaste in the northwest of the country and covers an area of around ​​243 hectares.

The area was declared a Natural Reserve by the Costa Rican Government in 1994, as the beach in this region is considered one of the most important places in the country for sea turtles nests. In addition to the turtles, there are of course numerous plant, mammals, bird and reptile species that need to be protected.

As part of your volunteer service, you'll be assisting the local team to monitor endangered sea turtles while they are laying their eggs, secure the nests and dig up the eggs, if necessary, to keep them safely in incubators until the baby turtles hatch after about 45-60 days. The work on this volunteer project is incredibly exciting, as some of the adult turtles can weigh up to 700 kg and really impress with their beautiful, up to 2.5 meter long shells. Despite their huge size, it is extremely impressive how quickly they dig the hole in the sand for oviposition and deposit up to 60 eggs there.

You can get involved in this project with all your energy to help preserve the sea turtles. Here you will get to know volunteers from all over the world and join them in experiencing the breathtaking biodiversity of Costa Rica.


At the beginning of the voluntary work in the nature reserve, the newcomers are welcomed with an orientation session. During your volunteer work in Costa Rica, you are involved in a project that protects and monitors the population of the sea turtles in the south of the province of Guanacaste. You will be taking exciting night patrols along the Pacific beaches to observe rare turtle species and monitor their habits and behaviors. The tours are never undertaken alone, but always in teamwork with other volunteers and / or with local project staff. The sea turtles come to the beach all year round for oviposition in the region, however, the period from July to December is considered high season. At this time, up to 30 nests per night can be secured! In the months of January to June, with an average of five turtles per night significantly fewer animals come to the beach, but still enough to observe them closely and to cooperate in the protection project.

It is important to collect and analyze the data collected in order to control the populations of sea turtles. The feeling of being able to see these mystical but endangered creatures up close is incredibly exciting! In this region also the so-called leatherback turtle lays its eggs. It is the largest turtle species in the world, reaching a length of up to 2.5 meters and a weight of up to 700 kg. This turtle species prefers oviposition in the region from October to February. After successful breeding season of 45-60 days the hatchlings search their way to the sea which is a dangerous mission. The aim of this project is to protect sea turtle eggs from predators and illegal abduction (turtle eggs are traded as delicacies).

During the day, volunteers sometimes also take environmental education lessons in the surrounding schools to make the children aware of the sensitive ecosystem, in particular the specificity of sea turtles, and to ensure a more conscious approach to the environment and its fauna. Likewise, the volunteers work during the day in the breeding station on the evaluation of the data that they could capture during the nightly inspection.

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.


Weekends are the perfect time to enjoy an exciting hike through Costa Rican nature since the main attractions of Costa Rica is its system of national parks and protected areas, which cover around 25% of the national territory, in order to protect the rich variety of flora and fauna, which is estimated to contain 5% of the world's biodiversity in less than 0.1% of the planet's land mass. In addition, Costa Rica has countless amazing beaches on both the Pacific and the Caribbean Ocean. 

Costa Rica is the perfect place to combine volunteer work with tourism, enjoy activities like:

- Adventure sport
- Dream beaches
- Ecotourism
- Local culture
- Bird / wildlife watching
- Visits to unique National Parks
- Rural tourism
- Sightseeing and history in San José



Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Spanisch (Grundkenntnisse) oder Englisch (Grundkenntnisse)
auf High School Niveau
Benötigte Unterlagen
CV und Volunteer Questionnaire
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag und Samstag


Dienstleistungen von South America Inside

  1. Accommodation in volunteer house
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  3. Airport pick-up in San José and transfer to overnight stay in San José
  4. Consultation from our experienced staff
  5. Translation of application profile
  6. Volunteer work placement
  7. Advice regarding travel insurance
  8. Advice on local travels
  9. Orientation session upon arrival
  10. Orientation kit
  11. Country handbook
  12. Local support
  13. 24/7 Emergency Number
  14. Certificate of Participation

Abholung vom Flughafen Juan Santamaria International Airport

  1. Airport pick-up in San José and transfer to your overnight homestay in San José
  2. Transfer from your homestay in San José to the bus station to start your journey to the volunteer site (bus ticket not included)

You will be picked up at the airport in San José and brought to your homestay (single room) where you will stay one or more nights, depending on your arrival day. After an orienation session with our in-country coordinators you will be brought to the bus station in San José where you will start your journey to the volunteer project site (costs for bus ticket not included).

Note: If you arrive on a friday or saturday in San José you will stay at the homestay in San José at least until monday.


 Volunteers will stay in the volunteer house on the project site. It is located slightly higher than the beach, which offers an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. The houses are simple, but fully furnished. There is a fully-equipped kitchen, large porch, and bathrooms with showers. 

Schlafsaal Gasthaus

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Volunteers usually cook their meals together and the ingredients are provided by the project.

Limitierte Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Costa Rica zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Costa Rica bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Costa Rica antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Costa Rica überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

Please Note
Before leaving to the project site, you will receive an orientation from our local staff. It is best if you can arrive in San José on Sundays or Wednesdays. The program includes between 1-3 overnight stays in a single room with a Host Family (incl. half board) in San José.

Das Programm ist wegen Corona pausiert und öffnet wieder im August 2020. Jetzt Anmelden!

Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
2 - 24 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
2 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
3 Wochen
4 Wochen
5 Wochen
6 Wochen
24 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$327 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben angegebenen Gebühren geschätzt sind. South America Inside wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Zahlungen werden von PayPal abgewickelt, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter. Falls du keinen PayPal Account hast, kannst du die Anzahlung auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit South America Inside während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

Warum sollte ich über Volunteer World buchen

Zusätzliche Sicherheit und kostenloser Service
Volunteer World ist die weltweit führende Vergleichsplattform für internationale Freiwilligenarbeit. Wir führen dich durch einen sicheren und einfachen Bewerbungsprozess. Plane deine nächste sinnvolle Reise mit Volunteer World und erhalte freien Zugang zu:
Hohe ethische Mindeststandards
Flex Option
Ändere deine Reservierung ohne zusätzliche Kosten
Wir erstatten deine Gebühren, falls deine Reise von South America Inside storniert wird
Unterstzützung & Vermittlung
Wir helfen dir und unterstützen dich in jeder Situation
Für dich ist unser Service kostenlos!
Die Programmgebühren werden unmittelbar durch South America Inside erhoben.

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