Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Conservation

founded in 2015
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Coordinator | Tracey
Coordinator | Tracey
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Wake up with beautiful sunrises. Dawn Patrol @ 5:00am watching the sunrise.
Baby turtle releases -you may be a part of he entire process - from nest collection to hatchling release - Mother Nature always rules
Learn about turtle conservation in a magnificent beach.setting
Discover the wildlife in Costa Rica. From the mangroves to the Macaws and all the life on the beach
Relax on the beach after a hard day of work.
Volunteer to protect Olive Ridley sea turtles in Bahia Tambor, a beautiful 6 km beach in the south of Nicoya Peninsula. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

It is important to make awareness in the community about conservation and protection of the ocean. 


The program’s sea turtle conservation site is located at Tambor Bay, in the south of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. The nursery for the project (where we protect the eggs) is located on the property of Tambor Tropical Beach Resort.

This bay receives the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelis olivacea) sea turtles each year, and the area is a pristine and remote wilderness paradise!


As a volunteer you will take part in various conservation activities, including night and morning patrols, relocating nests, recording scientific data, nest exhumations, baby turtles releases, construction activities, beach clean ups, environmental education and ecotourism activities.

You will be working directly with experts and the local community. The main goal of the project is protect the Sea turtles in the Bay, so after some years the population will grow again. Education is one of our main goals. Kids are the future and they need to learn to protect and take care about the world were they live. 

Typical day

5am Morning walk to find the nests and tracks - Mother Nature determines our days and patrol times  the tides, the rains,  and the challenges we face keep us guessing sometimes.  Below is how a day might go if everything goes as planned.  Also the different times of the year dictate our schedule.  From the excitement of collecting the first nest we must be patient as they the little one incubate.

  • 7 am: Breakfast
  • 8 am: Work in the hatchery, maintenance or beach clean up. Environmental education could include working with the local schools.
  • 12 pm: Lunch 
  • Free time/Nap time
  • 4 pm: Exhumation and baby turtle release 
  • 7 pm: Dinner 
  • Night walk. The time will depend on the tides. 

This represents a typical day but it may change! Some duties may include nursery monitoring or a late night baby release.  

Free-time activities

Tours and Free Time:

We know that volunteers come not only to work but also to discover the incredible nature of Costa Rica, and the program offers connections to unforgettable tours and activities. In Tambor Bay you can enjoy kayak tours, boat tours on the bay, horseback riding, bird watching tours…, and volunteers are free to trek around the trails surrounding the site.  You will have ample time to rest and spend days on the beach and exploring the area.  

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)
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, Saturday and Sunday from 05:00 - 23:30

What's Included

Services by Tambor Bay Turtles
The program fee includes:
  • Accommodation :internet connection via WiFi,  laundry services on request
  • 3 meals a day 
  • Local transportation to and from beach patrols.
  • Hands on Training


Accommodation is hostel in Tambor Bay, Nicoya Peninsula. Volunteers stay in shared rooms and bathrooms. Wi-Fi, tv, , washing machine and ceiling fans are available. 

Upgrade may be available upon request.

Dorm Room Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided. Snacks are not included. 

Meals will be adapted to allergies and diet requirements.  

Internet Access
Good 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

Placements are available: from 1st July – 30 December

Minimum stay: One week.

Arrivals and DeparturesAll volunteers must make their own arrangements to arrive to the project, and for training purposes new volunteers are only received on Monday. (Contact us for special requests)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
20 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$368 /week

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

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