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Excellent 4.8rating (18)

Sea Turtle Conservationist on the Pacific

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1 - 30 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Excellent 4.8  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Excellent response rate

Complete your reservation as soon as possible. This project fills up quickly and is already booked on certain dates.


Highlights

  • See and help saving sea turtles by collecting eggs on the beach
  • Release babies turtle and see them enter the sea thanks to your work
  • Discover Costa Rican nature and enjoy slow tourism, relax and live the pura vida way of life
  • Share your daily life with a local family and practice your Spanish, discover the culture and help the community
  • Meet people all around the world , act for the planet and of course have fun!

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About the program

Come and help saving endangered Olive Ridley sea turtle on Costa Rican pacific coast, close to Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Enjoy affordable volunteering abroad in nature!

About

Tortugas de Isla Damas is a conservation organization located in the south of Quepos, very close from Manuel Antonio park, on the pacific coast. It is easy to get here from San Jose. 

The 6 km beach is very wild and typical of Costa Rica. 

We are a local family who really care about nature, ...

About the program

About

Tortugas de Isla Damas is a conservation organization located in the south of Quepos, very close from Manuel Antonio park, on the pacific coast. It is easy to get here from San Jose. 

The 6 km beach is very wild and typical of Costa Rica. 

We are a local family who really care about nature, animals and especially turtles. That's why we have decided to create this project in the amazing Isla Damas place in order to protect the nesting populations of Kemp's ridley sea turtles. 

We offer a nice volunteering abroad experience, affordable, on the Costa Rican pacific coast to get the help we need. 

Volunteers can enjoy slow tourism and local pura vida way of life with us.

We live and work on a sustainable way in order to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem. 

We love sharing with people, explain our culture, our wildlife.

We offer a nice house with 12 dorms and meals.

 Why do we have to protect turtles?

Nesting turtle populations are endangered because they are both threatened by poachers and natural predators. 

The numbers of turtle of this species is rapidly declining and it is important to protect them before they disappear.

What do we do exactly?

  • During the season we patrol on the beach at night and we can meet at least about 7 and more turtles during one only night.
  • The aim is to collect eggs when we meet a turtle nesting on the beach and bring them to the hatchery to care and protect them. We have a 300 nest place hatchery.
  • Then, when they hatch, we release them on the beach and see them enter the sea.
  • During all the process we also collect data for monitoring the evolution of the for monitoring the evolution of the species.
  • During all this work we prepare the area by cleaning the beach and preserve nature In general.
  • We try to make local people realise the importance of all this process.
  • We also want to work with the local school to educate children from their young age about environement and biodiversity and have cultural exchanges.
Who can join us?

All the people who care about those topics and who like to share are welcome on our project.

You will patrol with the funder of the project or a local employee. They will explain you everything about the work, the place and the sea turtles.

Necessary Equipment

For the night patrols you will need confortable shoes, d’art clothes and a red flashlight. For the rest of the day sun cream, repellent and any book or game if you like.



Typical day

  • Wake up and have a nice breakfast at 8 AM
  • During the morning some will relax, others can have a walk in the nature or help cleaning the beach, maintain the camp, the garden or the hatchery. We can also release babies.
  • Lunch is at noon
  • In the afternoon you can do any activity you would like to, enjoy ...

Typical day

  • Wake up and have a nice breakfast at 8 AM
  • During the morning some will relax, others can have a walk in the nature or help cleaning the beach, maintain the camp, the garden or the hatchery. We can also release babies.
  • Lunch is at noon
  • In the afternoon you can do any activity you would like to, enjoy the beach, discover the nature all around or help the community if you feel like. We can also realase babies that hatched.
  • You can also leave the project to visit touristic places (Manuel Antonio, Nauyaca Falls, Dominical, Manglar...).
  • Dinner is at 6 PM
  • In the evening volunteers will go on night patrol on the beach.
  • During the rest of the time, volunteers can enjoy time together, play or relax.


Free-time activities

During your free time you can rest because night patrols can be tiring.

Things we can recommend: 

  • enjoy the beach and the sea
  • take surf leassons nearby or rent a board
  • take a walk in the surroundings
  • do a kayak tour in the manglar
  • go for an excursion, in manuel antonio for exemple
  • enjoy the small swimming ...

Free-time activities

During your free time you can rest because night patrols can be tiring.

Things we can recommend: 

  • enjoy the beach and the sea
  • take surf leassons nearby or rent a board
  • take a walk in the surroundings
  • do a kayak tour in the manglar
  • go for an excursion, in manuel antonio for exemple
  • enjoy the small swimming pool
  • learn more about the local culture



Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

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 and Friday

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Tortugas de Isla Damas

The fees are used to:

  • maintain the camp, keep the house and the area pleasant and comfortable
  • buy food for all the meals, coffee and fruits
  • buy materials for animal care (gloves, bags, hatchery building...).
  • pay people working for the project
  • provide accommodation 
  • provide food & drinks

Fees are 236 a week instead of 365 december and january!


Accommodation

  • We offer very nice wood houses fully equipped with dorms and bathroom for the volunteers.
  • Each one have a small outside pool to refrech.
  • Houses are located in the big garden in front of the beach.
  • Each one have inside and outside nice corners to sit, rest, eat, or share with the others.
  • It is fully equipped, with fan and fridge
  • We have one room with a double bed.
  • We offer laundry

Food & Beverages

We offer 3 meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • We cook local and international food.
  • We can prepare vegetarian or vegan food.
  • Volunteers can enjoy free coffee all day long.
  • We provide sometimes fresh fruits.


What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.

Internet Access

Sorry, no access at the project site

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

Travel Insurance

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Vaccines

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Details on arrival

Turtles season starts in June and ends in december with the last release of babies. In this period volunteers can come and arrive any day at any time.


  1. To arrive in Tortugas de Isla Damas, you can take a bus in San Jose until Quepos. The cost is about 10 USD.
  2. Then we organize for you a transport from Quepos to the island (taxi and boat)  for 10 USD. Or somebody from the project will wait for you at the bus station, or it will be a taxi driver we know.

It is easy and fast!

Come with a local sim card because reception is good but there is no wifi.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

1 week (min. stay) 333€
2 weeks 665€
3 weeks 998€
4 weeks 1,331€
8 weeks 2,661€
16 weeks 5,148€
30 weeks (max. stay) 9,405€
Average fees 323€/week

Program fees

323€ per week 1 - 30 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

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NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

1 - 30 weeks

Deposit

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

Your final payment will be agreed with Tortugas de Isla Damas during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Tortugas de Isla Damas

Excellent 4.8 rating (18 reviews)

Agency - founded in 2016

Verified by Volunteer World

  Excellent response rate

Coordinated by

Francisco

Spoken languages: Spanish

About the project

Our local non profit organisation acts for endengered olive ridley sea turtle protection by collecting eggs and liberate babies when they hatch.

Meet your organization

What we do?
Tortugas de Isla Damas is a non profit conservation organization that works to protect the nesting populations of Kemp's ridley sea turtles on Isla Damas.

Our mission
Nesting turtle populations are endangered because they are both threatened by poachers and natural predators. The numbers of turtle of this species is rapidly declining and it is important to protect them before they disappear. Our mission is also to start working on the manglar preservation mainly by planting and cleaning the area. 

Who we are
We are a local family who really care about nature, animals and especially turtles. That's why we have decided to create this project in the amazing Isla Damas place. We are surrounded by nature and very close to the sea. The beach is 6 km long, so we have lot of work taking care of this place and protecting the nesting turtles. We started for 3 years working just between us to collect eggs on the beach to protect them on a hatchery until they born, but there was too much work so we started ask for help and welcome volunteers. We live and work on a sustainable way in order to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem.
 

18 reviews · rating4.8

I've stayed with Milo and his family for 2 weeks. They were so welcoming and nice with me from the beginning, and made me feel be part of the family. They made sure I felt accompanied and good the whole time. The installations are great, the volunteering house is nice, there are even swimming pools ...
This was my first time traveling solo and volunteering abroad and my experience with tortugas de isla Damas has made me wanting to do volunteerwork in Costa Rica more often. You will stay in a wooden house very close to the beach. It is not extremely luxurious (you do not have warm water for ...
Emmanuelle Maujean rating4.8

2023 at Sea Turtle Conservationist on the Pacific

I’ve visited this program out of season but saw 2 nest and a hatching! I can’t imagine how many you can see out of the season!!! I’t an incredible experience, especially when you see baby turtle going to the see. The place is great with nice volunteers houses full equipped with even fridge. ..
Tortugas de isla damas porte bien son nom, nous sommes vraiment au coeur de la nature chaque jours nos yeux l'émerveilles devant autant de richesse . toute l'équipe est vraiment super , on voit qu'il ont à un véritable amour pour le projet . Et cela change des projets qui sont la pour de ...
La saison est entre juillet et novembre pour les tortues et il y a des bébés jusqu’à février. Endroit très sauvage avec très belle plage, ils sont très gentils (Milo et Sonia). Les maisons des benevoles sont jolies et super bien équipées avec frigo et télé. Petites piscines, petites ...
Emmanuelle Duthil rating5

2023 at Sea Turtle Conservationist on the Pacific

J'ai pu voir beaucoup de tortues. L'endroit est resté authentique, très peu touristique , maison confortable et superbe plage Pendant les temps libres il est possible de faires excursions, notamment à Manuel Antonio mais aussi toute le côte Pacifique. Le fondateur du projet est passionné et ...

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