Marine turtle conservation

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Coordinator | Beate
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This is an opportunity of a lifetime
Working right next to the pristine Corcovado National Park
Supporting conservation program and working hand in hand with a local team to learn about and support scientific work, beach cleaning activities, night patrol as well as work in an hatchery.
Work with the youth of the area in and take your on a hike to the waterfall
Reduce the vulnerability of the sea turtle populations to conserve the nesting and to generate scientific data.
This project aims to protect four species of sea turtles of the west Pacific Ocean which are considered as critically endangered. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
The Planet Conservation Sea Turtle Conservation project aims to protect four species of sea turtles of the west Pacific Ocean which are considered as (critically) endangered, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ( the Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriácea) and the Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). We would like to reduce the vulnerability of the above listed sea turtle population, to conserve the nesting populations and to generate scientific data for the preservation of sea turtles nesting on Carate, Rio Oro and La Leona beaches on the peninsula Osa, Costa Rica during the months of June to November and on the Caribbean side the months from February to May.

Typical day

Day 1: Arrival in Carate 8:00 am or 3:00p.m. , accommodation and lunch; afternoon hike to the hatchery, 6 p.m. dinner and preparation for night patrol 8:00 p.m.
Day 2: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast; 9-11 a.m. work at the hatchery, bamboo meshes. 12md lunch. Afternoon hike to the waterfall. Night patrol at the hatchery.
Day 3: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast; 9-11 a.m. beach clean up; 12md lunch. Afternoon free. 6:00p.m. dinner. Night patrol beach/hatchery.
Day 4: 8:00a.m breakfast; day available for tour to Corcovado (additional fee) 12md lunch; 6:00p.m. dinner; evening off.
Day 5: 6:00 a.m. Morning census along the beach; 8:30 a.m. breakfast. Activity environmental education at the local public school; 12md lunch; afternoon off; 6:00 pm dinner; night patrol beach/hatchery.
Day 6: 8:00a.m breakfast; work at the project camp (data transcription, signs, bamboo meshes, etc.) 12md lunch; 6:00p.m. dinner; night patrol beach/hatchery.
Day 7: 6:00 a.m. Morning census along the beach; 8:00a.m. breakfast.

Free-time activities

In their free time our volunteers can support activities on the farm and the organic garden, hike to the waterfall or plan extra activities such as horse back riding, golfo dulce dolphin encounter, guided tour to Corcovado National Park, kayaking, bird watching, be creative and games

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) or Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
Marine Biology, Tropical Studies, Biology, Ecology at University level
Required Documents
CV and letter of interest
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good Health and ready for physical demanding shifts, interest in living in the tropics, off grid
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 04:00 - 11:00

What's Included

Services by Planet Conservation

Accomodation,food w/3 meals per day, public transportation to the camp from and to Pueto Jimenez, coordination, 24h emergency support.

Shared accommodation at the Project site. Upgrade to private cabin upon availability. Our dorm room are rustic but spacious, 1 bunk bed per room with screened windows. Bathroom shared with the other 3 rooms. 
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
3 meals per day are included but the participant will need to bring snacks since there is no grocery store near by. Typical Costa Rican food, Rice, Beans, vegetables, salad, grains, bread, eggs. Mostly vegetarian meals, once a week chicken or fish.
Internet Access
Limited 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 June to end of January . Upon arrival in the country we can help to organize your pickup (not included) and transfer to the Osa Peninsula. From Pt Jimenez we include the public transportation to Carate where the team awaits you. Prior video call to respond all your questions. Please prepare all needed items before heading to Carate as no shops close by.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$249 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Planet Conservation 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 Planet Conservation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Marine turtle conservation

This project aims to protect four species of sea turtles of the west Pacific Ocean which are considered as critically endangered.


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