Manatees Conservation Supporter

founded in 2019
Naturaleza de Pacuare
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Coordinator | Dora Enid
Coordinator | Dora Enid
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Live the real pura vida life, disconnect, relax and have fun
Share daily life with locals, discover their culture, improve your Spanish, help the community and contribute to nature protection
Help saving the West Indian Manatee or Sea Cow, endangered specie, back in Costa Rica, in the Carribean coast. Observe this marine mammal that was just declared a national symbol
Observe many animal species, during day or night walks (sloths, monkeys, frogs, snakes, birds ...).Three of the four species of monkeys present in Costa Rica can be observed in Pacuare
Live the real adventure in the heart of Costa Rica's Caribbean nature, between jungle and sea while being useful for the planet
Take the opportunity of volunteering abroad in an amazing place with nature and wildlife close to Tortuguero. Act for the planet and help us protect manatees.and wildlife This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Wheel Chairs

Come and join us for an unforgettable experience, the only requirement is adventurous blood!

The project Naturaleza Pacuare was founded to 100% by local people from Costa Rica and is also managed by them. Our goal is to preserve the ecosystem in a sustainable way, to support the biodiversity in our country and to protect the sea turtles and others animals that are highly endangered. With the help and cooperation of the local population, we have succeeded in creating an atmosphere in which everyone feels comfortable and welcome. With the knowledge of doing something good and valuable, everyone should have the opportunity to leave a lasting impression on the world.

At Naturaleza Pacuare we know that it doesn't take much to change the world a little. Since our founding in 2019, we have been determined to drive change for the better.

 We are a young, motivated and dedicated team from Pacuare. Our vision became a very important mission today.

For this reason we have created our project "Naturaleza Pacuare". Under the leadership of Enid Chavarría Calderón, Alexander Calderón and the local population we have managed to establish a small but good project.

It is a great concern for us not only to provide ecological help, but also to give our volunteers a great opportunity to get to know the typical life of Costa Rica. You will also help maintain local economy.

 We have three projects, one deals with care for and monitor any of the sea turtles that nest in Costa Rica, an other help protect Manatees that live from Tortuguero to Pacuare, and the last one is about monkeys preservation.

This project aims to observe the manatees in order to know how they live and to be better able to protect them.

Manatees are back in Costa Rica and have been declared a national symbol but they are still not specifically protected.

Typical day

Our day start with a boat ride for manatees observation and cameras monitoring. It's also the best time to see all animals. 

At 8 AM when you come back you will have breakfast

At 9 AM you could start working on camp maintening or beach cleaning. You could also rest or just chill if you need.

At noon we have lunch.

In the afternoon, some volunteers work from 2 or 3 PM and others enjoy free time.

Before night we go back on a boat ride to go on with manatees observation.

If you also want to work with turtle you could maybe do a night patrol if it is possible.

What will we do?

You will take a boat to go on the river to install camaras or to recover them

The goal is to observe Manatees, how they move, what and where they eat, how much they are.

Monitoring them is a way to start help protecting this animal.

You can go and walk along the river or in the jungle, during the day or the night, with a local to see animals.

As we also have a turtle project you could maybe help doing night patrols on the beach to collect eggs, monitor the nursery and release baby turtles when they hatch.

Doing beach cleaning and camp maintenance or any work is a way to help community.

Of course you will also enjoy free time and have fun!

Free-time activities

Day and night walks on the beach or in the jungle to observe all species of animals present in Pacuare

Enjoy the beach and the sea carefully

Play games or do sport, share with the others volunteers

Enjoy tours that the association can organize for you like boat tour, visit of Parismina or Tortuguero

Learn the typical cuisine, try the local dances



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Naturaleza de Pacuare
The fees are used to maintain and improve the the camp,  and buy materials for animal care (cameras, gloves, bags for beach cleaning, hatchery building...).
We also buy food to offer you good meals.
We also organize day and night walks to see nature and animals.
We can pay local people that works in the project.
The hosting is a nice house built with local materials, with dorms, bathroom and service. 
Everyone's laundry is totally rustic, you will wash it by your own.
Only Kolbi comes with internet in this place so bring a Kolbi SIM card with a few thousand colones worth of data on it to make sure you have internet access at the site.
Bring dark clothes, boots and rain jacket. Also a red and white flashlight in case you have the opportunity to work with the turtles and in the hatcheries, but also to observe manatees.
Bring your personal things like soap, repellent, towels, mosquito net and pillow if you like. We can provide sheets. 
You should bring binoculars for the manatees observation and they will be usefull to observe all animals like local birds, crocodiles, sloths, iguanas, monkeys....
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Our food and beverages range from national to international cuisine, with an emphasis on our delicious Caribbean food.

You could for example try the famous Gallo pinto.

We like to share frech fruits.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The best and cheapest way to come is a bus from San Jose to Bataan. You can catch it at Grand Terminal del Caribe in San José center and buy your tickets directly there. The bus is at 2,4 or 6PM. Then a few part by taxi that cost 10 000 colones so about 17$. To finish, an amazing trip by boat. You’ll have to pay 30 000 colones so about 40$ to go and back.

If you prefer a private car from San Jose we can reserve it for you.

We can coordinate everything for your transportation from the airport to the boarding area of the pangas (boats), which go to our facilities and where we will be waiting for you. 

Let us know what you need.

Volunteers can join us all year long, any day of the week.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$420 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Naturaleza de Pacuare will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Naturaleza de Pacuare during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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