Sea Turtle Conservation Assistant

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Coordinator | Nicole
Coordinator | Nicole
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Work on projects to improve the environment for nests and to make the hatchlings journey to the Pacific Ocean safer. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

The program

This wonderful project was created with the goal of helping to preserve the amazing sea turtle. The Turtle Conservation Program works to conserve the future of this majestic creature, which through decades of indiscriminate human plundering, has been drastically reduced in number to a point where it is now on the endangered species list. Sadly, without the help of widespread conservation efforts, including environmental, research and re-education programs, the great sea turtle could be lost forever. Working with several of the main species of sea turtles to inhabit the Pacific, the main focus of this project is to protect and nurture the clutches of eggs laid across vital beach nesting grounds during the peak nesting season (August to February) and work on conservation and research projects at other times. The aim is to create safer nesting grounds, increase understanding and ensure more hatchlings make it to the Pacific Ocean to allow for the continuation of the species.

Goals of this Project:

  • To save the sea turtle from extinction
  • Work on projects to improve the environment for nests and to make the hatchlings journey to the Pacific Ocean safer
  • Research these wonderful creatures so a greater understanding of how to save them can be gained
  • Enable interaction between international volunteers and their local hosts.

How you can help

Volunteers play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project. Like many conservation programs funds are greatly lacking and a willing volunteer labor force is essential to its success. Those working on this program will support research and conservation work which involves counting turtles, measuring nests, collecting scientific information and night beach patrols. They will also help protect turtle nests from human poachers, assist on the egg-harvesting programs and helping in the hatcheries. Volunteers may also get the fantastic opportunity to participate in the subsequent release of hatchlings to the sea! Outside of the breeding season (which peaks from August to February), volunteers will assist with other vital conservation projects such as the development of advance infrastructure on the beaches, including building and lighting projects to mitigate the adverse effect of vehicle and human traffic on turtle nesting grounds, as well maintaining the beach environment itself. This is a wonderful program that has a direct impact on the safety of sea turtle populations on the Pacific Coast of Coast Rica. Volunteers will gain unique experience on conservation projects, learn more about the Costa Rican people and culture and travel to beautiful locations.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Assist in the turtle hatcheries
  • Work on beach and turtle hatching ground conservation projects
  • Participate in releasing hatchings to the sea
  • Protect and patrol hatching grounds

Typical day

Schedules on this wonderful program are largely determined by the time of year and breeding activities taking place. We ask that volunteers be flexible and prepared to work in whichever area they are required. A typical daily outline will look something like this:

7:00am Breakfast at the Volunteer House

8:30am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

During the nesting period (peaking from August through February) volunteers will be involved in night-time beach patrols and preparing the hatchery. During hatching season volunteers will be releasing baby turtles and helping in the hatchery. In the off season volunteers may be involved in education programs within the local community, maintaining turtle conservation facilities and preserving the beach environment.

12:00pm Lunch at the Volunteer House

Depending on the time of year and tasks required volunteers may have a short 1hr break for lunch or may have the afternoon off to reconvene for night patrols when the sun sets.

Afternoons/Evenings Free time; dependent of the breeding season and activities undertaken

Volunteers can spend this time as they wish, relaxing, exploring the local area, swimming or walking on the beach, taking the bus to nearby Jaco....  This is a beautiful part of the world and there is much to enjoy.

Free-time activities

This incredible project is primarily based on Playa Bandera, an unspoilt stretch of central Pacific coastline roughly 1 hour south of Playa Hermosa and Playa Jaco.  Offering a relatively remote expanse of beach, largely unpolluted by noice and light, this is a popular nesting place for thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles from June to December each year. This project is a wonderful option for those volunteers who wish to be fully immersed in the astounding nature and beauty that Costa Rica has to offer!

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking

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 English (basic level)
Required Documents
Emergency contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
This project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in animal conservation/zoological studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all. mportantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Upon your arrival in San Jose you will be collected at the airport and taken to host family accommodation in Santa Barbara de Heredia, 40mins north of San Jose, where you will stay Saturday night.

On Sunday a brief welcome orientation will be provided to help you settle in and ask any last minute questions. The local team will arrange your transfer to the project location by public bus on Sunday afternoon.  A representative from the local project team will meet you on arrival and take you to the accommodations to settle in.

On Monday morning, you will be taken to your project site and introduced to the project leader who will provide specific information about your role. 

  • Program Arrival Day: SATURDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica (Code: SJO)
Accommodation

Volunteers on this project will be accommodated in a Volunteer House in Playa Bandera. Rooms are dormitory in style and shared by up to 4 volunteers of the same gender depending on the time of year and number of volunteers. 

The house has all the basic amenities including western style bathroom, electricity, hot water, wifi, communal areas and a well equipped kitchen.


Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and lunch are provided daily and are included in the program fee. Dinner can also be arranged with the project site for a small fee or volunteers may enjoy dining out in the local area.

Volunteers are often expected to help with cooking and cleaning up (using a roster-based system), so everyone contributes at meal times – bringing a wonderful ‘family’ feel to this project. Nice!

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.
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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SATURDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$708
2 weeks
$958
3 weeks
$1,218
4 weeks
$1,468
5 weeks
$1,838
6 weeks
$2,102
7 weeks
$2,367
8 weeks
$2,631
9 weeks
$2,896
10 weeks
$3,034
11 weeks
$3,298
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,563
Average fees
$502 /week

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

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Sea Turtle Conservation Assistant

Work on projects to improve the environment for nests and to make the hatchlings journey to the Pacific Ocean safer.

$502/week

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