Sea Turtle Conservation | Mama Carey

founded in 1998
Corcovado Foundation
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Coordinator | Zoraida
Coordinator | Zoraida
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We have received more than 1000 volunteers from different parts of the world ... Be part of this enriching cultural experience
We have protected 97% of turtle nests.
In the 2018 season, 7125 baby turtles were released
Collect memories, live this experience intensely and be part of a new adventure.
The Osa Peninsula is the most biologically intense place on the planet.
The program is now in its 14th year and we need all hands on board! As a volunteer, you will take part in conservation of endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

 The Corcovado Foundation sea turtle conservation and volunteering program is now in its 14th year and we need all hands on board!

We offer the opportunity for people who wants to make a difference and actively participate in the conservation of endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa Peninsula.

As a volunteer you will take part in sea turtle conservation activities, including:

night patrols 
relocating nests 
recording scientific data
tagging of turtles
nest exhumations 
liberation of hatchlings.

You may also be required to work on eco-tourism, environmental education and construction activities.
Sometimes the work on the project can be extremely difficult and is not suitable for everyone. The climatic conditions can be extreme, with heavy rains and floods located often daily. Most work is nocturnal and it will be necessary to sleep during the day, often withstanding high temperatures and humidity It can be very difficult to plan activities as well, and priorities can change suddenly according to the resources that are available at the moment, and volunteers often find that the work plan changes without prior notice. The way of life is rustic and very spontaneous, but the people are warm and genuine and the environment is full of amazing natural beauty and extraordinary biodiversity. You will soon release the precepts of the first world and will adapt to the life of a local.

Typical day

4:30- Morning census and search for traces

8:00 - Breakfast

9:00 - Day planning and meeting to explain patrols from the night before.

10:00-12:00 Different activities

  • Beach cleaning         
  • Nursery construction       
  • Camp cleaning         
  • Beach preparation

13:00 - Lunch

15:00-17:00 - Beach activities

  • Environmental education
  • Work in the nursery

 20:00-00:00- First patrol

00:00-4:00- Second patrol

Free-time activities

We know that volunteers come not only to work but also to discover the incredible nature of the Osa Peninsula. The project offers the possibility of unforgettable tours and activities such as kayaking, horseback riding, rural tourism and farm activities, trips to Isla del Cano and Corcovado National Park, or simply hiking around on surrounding rainforest trails… countless opportunities for the nature-lover.



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 and Saturday from 09:00 - 04:00

What's Included

Services by Corcovado Foundation

The amount covers accommodation, three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and training. It does not cover the arrival and departure costs, nor tours and spending money.


Volunteers stay in mixed cabins with private bathrooms, rustic but cozy and accommodation includes bed linen.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

 Our program itinerary includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you have any dietary restriction such as: vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or allergies please let us know. 

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. 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

 The sea turtle program season starts on 01 July until 31 December. All volunteers must make their own arrangements to the projects. For training purposes new volunteers are only received on Tuesdays.

 When you arrive to Costa Rica you have 2 ways to get to the project:

The first option is to take a domestic flight to the community of El Progreso in Drake Bay, once you have arrived at that place, take a taxi to the Agujitas community and once in Agujitas take a boat to Rincón de San Josecito, where the project is

The second option is the day of your arrival in Costa Rica, look for a lodging in San Jose, the next day take a bus from San José to Sierpe and once in Sierpe, you can take the boat that will get you to Rincón de San Josecito, where is the project.

To work as a volunteer in the project, you only need to have a tourist visa. Most US and European citizens automatically receive a 90-day visa upon entering the country and are not required to obtain one in advance. Citizens of several countries in South America, however, are required to obtain a tourist visa at the Costa Rican embassy in their country before arrival. Upon entering the country, immigration officials are likely to ask you to present a ticket to leave the country, and your airline will often not allow you to buy your one-way ticket without your return ticket. Many of the volunteers who come to the program are on vacation and, as such, have already issued the return ticket; but many are backpackers who enter through land borders and may not have fixed plans. We have had varied experiences at land borders, however, you must officially submit a hard copy of a return travel ticket within 90 days and a hard copy of a bank statement or card showing that you have access to it. minus $ 500.

If you plan to stay in Costa Rica for more than 90 days, we recommend that you simply make a short trip to Panama at the end of this period. You only have to leave Costa Rica for 1 day (sometimes even just a few hours is enough), then you can go back across the border and get another 90-day visa. It is possible to do this indefinitely and all the international personnel that are in the program have to do a 'run visa' like this every 90 days. People who stay for more than 90 days will be required to pay a higher tax on departure, be subject to restrictions on re-entry, and risk being deported if immigration officials decide to detain them at a checkpoint. , so they often do not.

Volunteers who participate in our program are required to have their own travel insurance that provides basic medical assistance throughout their entire stay in the program. Although there are adequate emergency procedures and evacuation plans, the program can not be responsible for the expenses caused by the medical assistance or emergency evacuation of the volunteers.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$262 /week

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

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