olive redley turtle conservation supporter

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founded in 2012
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Coordinator | Luis
Coordinator | Luis
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High­lights

Working in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world
Share with locals our culture
Saving turtles
Make memories you will never forget
Visit beautiful places around
Corcovado, place with the most biodiversity in Costa Rica, it is also the place with more diversity per square meter in the whole planet come and save turtles with us This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

This research and protection program for sea turtles is located in one of the areas with the highest concentration of wildlife in Costa Rica, such as the Corcovado National Park, where you will have the opportunity to be in direct contact with nature and with the inhabitants of the progress town. Here the Conservation of sea turtles is in charge of the association of this community, in addition the initiative is 100% carried out by people from the community, the volunteers who come to make their contribution and participate in our program, they stay with families, what makes the experience very enriching by directly sharing with families and knowing our culture first-hand, in addition to the quota that volunteers will pay for this project will go directly to the families, which creates a direct and positive impact for the community. 


What do we expect from the volunteers? We want people who want to live the Costa Rican experience, who are interested in our culture and our love for the conservation of natural resources. 
What can our volunteers expect? a community committed to the environment, working together for the conservation of our natural resources, people with the warmth of the Costa Rican, friendly and with a desire to find friends who want to help save the turtles 

Typical day

This program is a common effort

, so all activities are planned with the consent of the association, among them: beach cleaning, hatchery care, night patrols in search of turtles, from which we collect scientific data and rescue their eggs, which are taken to a safe place (hatchery) here we protect them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the babies are born. We also do social work such as painting the school, maintenance work in the community hall and school, maintenance work in the homes of families that host volunteers. 


Working hours: breakfast is at 8 a.m., at 9:30 a.m. of communal work or maintenance until 11:30. 
Working with turtles: the hours of care of the hatchery is 4 hours per shift one person per day and 2 people during the night from 8 to 12 - 12 to 16 - 16 to 20 - 20 to 00 - 00 to 04. Patrol Schedule for collecting scientific data. 20 to 00 and 00 to 04 this is done in groups of 2 to 6 people per patrol, each patrol is accompanied by a community guide. 

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.

During the free time the volunteers will have the opportunity to do many things, among them: hiking, snorkeling, horseback riding, kayaking, swimming, enjoying the beach, fishing, playing sports or simply relaxing in a hammock enjoying the sounds of the nature around and meet the most biodiverse placebin the world as Corcovado national park

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Hiking
Sports
Riding

Require­ments

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.
Other Skills
Working hours may vary depending on the season and the number of volunteers.
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 

Accommodation

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 el progreso, just 150 meters from the beach, surrounded by the vegetation of the most biodiverse wild area on the planet as Corcovado is

Dorm Room Camping
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 tropical country 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

​Two boats leave daily from Sierpe (near to Palmar Norte) to Drake Bay at 11:30am and 3:30pm.

T​o connect with the first boat, take the 6:30 am bus from San Jose to Palmar Norte (6 hours) departing from the TRACOPA Station. To get from Palmar Norte to Sierpe, a ‘colectivo’ taxi is much cheaper ($5) than a private one ($20). Once you get to Palmar Norte, ask for a "taxi colectivo", otherwise, you have to pay for a private one.

The second bus leaves at 8:30 (direct to Sierpe). You have to take the last boat to Drake Bay (3:30 pm). The boat journey (1 hour) costs $15-$20.​

When you arrive in Drake Bay beach, a member to the Asotiation will be waiting for you to take you to the place you are going to stay.


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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$700
4 weeks
$1,400
5 weeks
$1,750
9 weeks
$3,150
17 weeks
$5,950
36 weeks (max. stay)
$12,600
Average fees
$350 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Tortugas de Pacuare will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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olive redley turtle conservation supporter

Corcovado, place with the most biodiversity in Costa Rica, it is also the place with more diversity per square meter in the whole planet come and save turtles with us

$350/week

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