Olive Redley Turtle Conservation Supporter

founded in 2012
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Coordinator | Luis
Coordinator | Luis
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Working in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world
Sharing with locals our culture
Saving turtles
Making memories you will never forget
Visiting beautiful places nearby
Located on Isla Damas Quepos, this program was born as a family initiative, who have been dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles for more than 10 years This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

This research and protection program for sea turtles is located in one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica 30 minutes away from Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the beautiful natural parks in Costa Rica. 

Here you will have the opportunity to be in direct contact with nature and our Costa Rica culture, here, the conservation of sea turtles  is the reason of this initiative creates by the family Duran Umaña . 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, stay with a family, Francisco and Sonia what makes the experience very enriching by directly sharing with a family and knowing our culture first-hand. In addition, the quota that volunteers will pay for this project will go directly to the family, 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

Actividies: 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 hatch. We also do social, maintenance work in the community hall and school, when it's requered

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 8am to 12pm; 12pm to 4pm; 4pm to 8pm; 8pm to midnight; midnight to 4am. Patrol Schedule for collecting scientific data: 8pm to midnight and midnight to 4am. This is done in groups of 2 to 6 people per patrol, each patrol is accompanied by a member of the camp 

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 place in the world as Corcovado national park.

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.
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, maintenance of the camp and educational activities 


We live in a house with 3 rooms for 4 people each. The house has a bath and shower.

Our house it's located just in front to the beach on Isla Damas Quepos 

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.
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

From San José take bus to Quepos at 8 am, there in Quepos a member from the program will meet you to accompany you to the camp 

The camp is located 15 minutes away from Quepos 

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)
4 weeks
5 weeks
9 weeks
17 weeks
36 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$275 /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.
Deposit (15%)
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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

Located on Isla Damas Quepos, this program was born as a family initiative, who have been dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles for more than 10 years


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