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+

The program

This essential program aims to conserve Costa Rica's turtle, dolphin and wale populations, which have been decimated by human activities to the point of endangerment. Sadly, without preservation efforts, these incredible creatures may cease to exist.

During the nesting season (August - February) this program focuses on ensuring the survival of the majestic Sea Turtle; in particular the endangered Green and critically endangered Hawksbill. In conjunction with beach based conservation work, volunteers undertake boat trips to monitor and research Sea Turtle, Dolphin and Whale populations in the local marine area.  A willing volunteer workforce is critical to completing the many tasks required and ambitious goals of this program.

This program is perfect for those who value  Goals of this Project:

  • To save the sea turtle from extinction
  • Work on projects to improve the environment in which sea turtles live, feed, breed and nest
  • Rescue, rehabilitate and release turtles in need of assistance
  • Dolphin and Whale monitoring and research activities
  • Research these wonderful creatures for a greater understanding of how to ensure their survival
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange between international volunteers and locals.

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 efforts which involve monitoring and scientific data collection on sea turtle, dolphin and whale populations.

Protection of the Sea Turtle during the breeding season (August to February) requires nightly beach patrols to protect nests and eggs from human and animal destruction, measuring nests, collecting eggs and assign the turtle nursery. Volunteers may also get the fantastic opportunity to participate in the rescue of injured turtles, rehabilitation and release of both hatchlings and recovered adults!

Outside of the breeding season volunteers will be involved in research, habitat improvement and rescue activities. This is a wonderful program that has a direct impact on the safety and survival of sea turtle, dolphin and whale 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:

  • Work on beach and turtle hatching ground conservation projects
  • Undertake on-water research tasks to record population numbers and ecology data on tulles, dolphins and whales
  • Mangrove reforestation activities 
  • Monitoring sea grass beds for sustainable food sources
  • Assist as needed in rescue, rehabilitation and release tasks 

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


During the nesting period (peaking August through January) 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 will be involved with in-water research, mangrove reforestation efforts and monitoring grass sea beds as well as ongoing 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 project is based on stunning Osa Peninsula on Costa Rica's South Pacific coast. Off the beaten tourist track, Osa is a veritable paradise and Costa Rica at its very best! 

The Peninsula is dominated by the Corcovado National Park with its vast array of native wildlife including endangered species and Costa Rica's big cats. Guided jungle adventures can be arranged from Puerto Jiménez. Marine enthusiasts and beach lovers will enjoy the attractions of Drake Bay, Caño Island marine reserve and the surf beaches of Cabo Matapalo and Carate.

Puerto Jiménez is the peninsula's largest town and provides a great base for exploring the region, providing easy access to both the vast expanse of the Parque Nacional Corcovado for hiking and wildlife and the emerald waters of the Golfo Dulce for beaches and surf.  

Immersing volunteers into its unspoilt natural beauty and providing a genuine insight into the 'Tico' way of life; Osa peninsula is the genuine article!

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)
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 marine 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

Our local team will meet with volunteers in San Jose and arrange transport to Puerto Jiménez by public bus.  

The bus departs San Jose at 10am so volunteers must either fly in prior to 10am Sunday or arrange accommodation in San Jose Saturday night from where they will be collected on Sunday.

Volunteers are met off the bus in Puerto Jiménez and taken to the accommodation to settle in. On Monday a full orientation session is provided to cover all aspects of the local area and placement. This is a great opportunity to meet the program coordinators and other volunteers and ask any last minute questions.  

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY prior to 10am
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • International Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose (code: SJO)

Volunteers on this program are accommodated in a Volunteer House a short bike ride from the beach and project site. Rooms are dormitory in style and shared by up to 4 volunteers.

All of the basic amenities are provided including western bathroom facilities with cold water showers, electricity, ceiling fans and free wifi.  Bedding is provided so volunteers need only bring toiletries and towels.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided 2 meals per day (breakfast and lunch) throughout the placement. Dinner is not included but can be arranged with the hosts, prepared yourself or eaten out at one of the local cafes or restaurants where you can try cheap and tasty local food. The meals provided are local cuisine and predominantly vegetarian. 

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.
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

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

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
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12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$613 /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.
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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.


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