olive redley turtle conservation supporter

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Coordinator | Luis
Coordinator | Luis
Magical place south Pacific to Cossta Rica where the world´s largest biodiversity is concentred, is waiting for you, come be part of communal initiative saving turtles This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The sea turtle conservation project in natural refuge gandoca is a joint effort of the association of this community with the inhabitants of this beautiful corner of the Caribbean. Here, volunteers from all over the world and local guides work every night to protect one of the most endangered species of sea turtles, such as the leatherback turtle, through night patrols we look for turtles to take scientific information such as biometrics, marking and geolocation of the nests, with the objective of recovering the population of these turtles that are one of the species that are in serious danger of extinction. Its large size of 2 meters on average will surprise you and make you realize why it is so necessary to protect these beautiful and impressive animals, at the same time you are going to enjoy one of the places cataloged as the most beautiful of the Costa Rican Caribbean, full of friendly people and desires to protect nature. 

What do we expect from our volunteers? We want people with love for nature who are willing to collaborate with us in the protection of our flora and fauna and who are willing to work as a team with people from different places and cultures. 
What can you expect from us? We are people who were born and love this paradisiacal and beautiful place of the Caribbean, so you will find people committed to conservation and with our characteristic way of being (Costa Rican) very fun friendly to all our volunteers. 
For this program, you should bring flashlights with red light, dark clothes (for patrols), comfortable shoes for walking on the beach, rain jacket, mosquito repellent, sunblock and personal care items.

Typical day

Typical day

Your schedule as a volunteer can vary each day, but mostly it will look like this one:

  • 8:30 am: breakfast 
  • 12:30 am: lunch 
Communal work
  • 9:30 am: communal work
  • 2:30 pm: communal work 
The total communal work during the day is approx. 2 hours
Among the communal work we do is the plastic collection on the beach and the apt to the improvement program of the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge
Beach patrolling 
The most important time to patrol on the beaches is at night. This is when the turtles usually come ashore to lay their eggs and thus, the most dangerous moment for them. 
  • 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
  • 12:00 am to 4:00 am 

Free-time activities

Free-time activities

Our volunteers will have the chance to spend their time enjoying the wild life and meeting many different animals.

Furthermore, they can do sports on the beach or simply tan and relax while enjoying a good book. 

Also they can spend time together with the locals and enjoy getting to know a new culture. This is always a great opportunity to make new friends as well.

In thy our time off you will have the chance to go to Puerto viejo, the most funny place on the Caribbean of Costa Rica, visit cauita National Park, or even crooks the border to go to Bocas del toro Panama 

Water Sports


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, Friday and Saturday from 09:00 - 11:00

What's Included

Services by Tortugas de Pacuare

Accommodations, meals, fee for communal Asotiation, mantainance of the camp and educational activities 


we live in a house with 5 rooms for 4 people each, each room has a bath and shower

Our house is in the village of Gandoca just 150 meters from the beach, surrounded by the vegetation of the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

The basis of the Costa Rican diet is rice and beans, which we accompany with salad, vegetables or meat, always with the typical flavors of the Caribbean and seasonal fruits at breakfast,

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

If you come from San José, you must take a bus to Manzanillo. This bus takes approximately 4 hours 30 minutes to arrive, in Manzanillo a staff member will wait for you to take you to the camp.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 36 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 570
3 weeks
$ 855
4 weeks
$ 1,140
5 weeks
$ 1,425
9 weeks
$ 2,565
17 weeks
$ 4,845
36 weeks (max. stay)
$ 10,260
Average fees
$ 285 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Tortugas 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 Tortugas 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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olive redley turtle conservation supporter

Magical place south Pacific to Cossta Rica where the world´s largest biodiversity is concentred, is waiting for you, come be part of communal initiative saving turtles


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