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Protect Caribbean Sea Turtles

Limon, Costa Rica show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Support sea turtle protection efforts in Costa Rica by patrolling beaches, rescuing turtle eggs, observing sea turtles, and collecting data. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

As a volunteer, you will be a part of a turtle protection project in Pacuare. The area stretches over acres of rain forests and 6 km of beaches, and is located on the Caribbean Coast, around 25 km from Limón. 

The goal of this project is to protect the Baula and Lora sea turtles from extinction. Conservation efforts are driven by a wide range of people, including locals, international tourists, and scientists who are researching the turtles. 

Volunteers will work with scientists when observing the nesting of sea turtles. This task also includes watching and excavating the eggs. After 45-60 days, volunteers and staff have the opportunity to reintroduce the hatchlings into the wild. At the same time, they will be collecting vital research about the turtles by recording key factors, such as temperatures and the amounts of precipitation. Volunteers should be very flexible, as they will carry out a wide range of tasks during the project. 

In addition to sea turtles, the conservation area is home to over 20 other species of mammals and many different reptiles. The area is in the middle of a protected rainforest, and is surrounded by rivers. 


Your Tasks 

This program devotes itself to the protection of nesting sea turtles in the Limón province of Costa Rica. During your stay, you will study the turtles and their behaviors on scenic Caribbean beaches.

There are two different types of turtles: Baula turtles (arrive February-October) and Lora turtles (arrive July-October). Volunteers are needed year-round. 

On a day-to-day basis, you will be expected to patrol the beaches at night, find nesting turtles, examine turtles for research purposes, assist with collecting eggs, and protect baby turtles when returning them to the wild.

Free-time activities

During your time off, there are many different activities that you can participate in, such as swimming in the Caribbean Sea, doing sports, and hiking around the reserve to take in the beautiful nature of Costa Rica.

Water Sports

Program 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 Spanish (basic level) and English (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
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 and Saturday from 08:30 - 16:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

Accommodation in volunteer house
Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Consultation from our experienced staff
Translation of application profile
Volunteer work placement
Advice regarding travel insurance
Advice on local travels
Orientation session upon arrival
Orientation kit
Country handbook
Local support
24/7 Emergency Number
Certificate of Participation

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Airport pick-up San José and transfer to your overnight homestay in San José
Transfer from your homestay in San José to the bus station to start your journey to the volunteer site

You will be picked up at the airport in San José and brought to your homestay (single room) where you will stay overnight. The next day, after an orienation session, our local staff will bring you to the bus station where you will start your journey to the volunteer project site (costs for bus ticket not included).

Note: If you arrive on a friday or saturday in San José you will stay at the homestay in San José until monday.


Volunteers will live together in the volunteer house, which is located very close to the beach. This style of accommodation offers a wonderful opportunity to meet new people. The house is furnished and has a fully-equipped kitchens and shared bathrooms. There is no electricity, so gas lamps are used for light. Volunteers usually cook their meals together with gas powered appliances. Ingredients are provided.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

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.
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 870
3 weeks
$ 1,060
4 weeks
$ 1,250
5 weeks
$ 1,440
6 weeks
$ 1,630
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,050
Average fees
$ 323 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Limon/Costa Rica between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.
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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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