Sea Turtle Saving and jungle animals monitoring

founded in 2019
Naturaleza de Pacuare
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Coordinator | Dora Enid
Coordinator | Dora Enid
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Live the real adventure in the heart of Costa Rica's Caribbean nature, between jungle and sea
Share daily life with locals, discover their culture, improve your Spanish, help the community and contribute to nature protection
Observe, care for and protect those of the sea turtles that nest in Costa Rica is an exciting experience (Green Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, and the gigantic Leatherback Turtle)
Observe many animal species, during day or night walks (sloths, monkeys, frogs, snakes, birds ...).Three of the four species of monkeys present in Costa Rica can be observed in Pacuare
Live the real pura vida life, disconnect, relax and have fun
Our aim is to maintain the ecosystem in a sustainable way, to support biodiversity in our country and to protect the partially endangered sea turtles. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Wheel Chairs
Come and join us for an unforgettable experience, the only requirement is adventurous blood!

Having the opportunity to watch, care for and monitor any of the sea turtles that nest in Costa Rica is an inspiring experience. They are all magnificent and mysterious creatures with very distinct qualities, like the extraordinary arrival on land, the agile maneuvers of the Green Turtle, the beautiful colors of the hawksbill turtle and the gigantic leatherback turtle - they are all fascinating! That's why we need your help so that we can help these beautiful creatures. 

The project Naturaleza Pacuare was founded to 100% by local people from Costa Rica and is also managed by them. Our goal is to preserve the ecosystem in a sustainable way, to support the biodiversity in our country and to protect the sea turtles, some of which are highly endangered. With the help and cooperation of the local population, we have succeeded in creating an atmosphere in which everyone feels comfortable and welcome. With the knowledge of doing something good and valuable, everyone should have the opportunity to leave a lasting impression on the world.
At Naturaleza Pacuare we know that it doesn't take much to change the world a little. Since our founding in 2019, we have been determined to drive change for the better.

We are a young, motivated and dedicated team from Pacuare. Our vision became a very important mission today.
For this reason we have created our project "Naturaleza Pacuare". Under the leadership of Enid Chavarría Calderón, Alexander Calderón and the local population we have managed to establish a small but good project.
It is a great concern for us not only to provide ecological help, but also to give our volunteers a great opportunity to get to know the typical life of Costa Rica.

You will live in a house with a bathroom and service. Everyone's laundry is totally rustic. Bringing a Kolbi line only Kolbi comes with internet. Bring dark clothes, boots and rain jacket. Bring your personal things like soap towels rapellent, mosquito net and even pillow if you like. White light and red light bulb to work with the turtles and in the hatcheries. You will only have access to a very small grocery store to get some snacks and drinks

Typical day

1. you will work on the beach for 4 hours during the day, at night there are rotating hours

2. after the spawning of the turtles, the eggs are brought to the rearing station for care

3. walks on the beach at different times to keep an eye on the turtles and thus prevent the eggs or even the turtles themselves from being stolen or injured

4. there will also be walks along the rivers or in the jungle

5. beach cleaning and camp maintenance

Free-time activities

1. Day and night walks on the beach or in the jungle to observe all species of animals present in Pacuare

2. Enjoy the beach and the sea carefully

3. Play games or do sport, share with the others volunteers

4. Enjoy tours that the association can organize for you like boat tour, visit of Parismina or Tortuguero

5. Learn the typical cuisine, try the local dances



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 (intermediate level) or Spanish (intermediate 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

Services by Naturaleza de Pacuare
The fees are used to maintain the camp, buy food and materials for animal care (gloves, bags, hatchery building...).
We also organize day and night walks to see nature and animals.
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

We can coordinate for you transportation from the airport to the boarding area of the pangas (boats), which go to our facilities.

Let us know what you need.

The hosting is a nice house built with local materials, with dorms, bathroom and service. 
Everyone's laundry is totally rustic, you will wash it by your own.
Come with your a Kolbi line (tchip), only Kolbi comes with internet in this place.
Bring dark clothes, boots and rain jacket. Also a red and white light bulb to work with the turtles and in the hatcheries.
Bring your personal things like soap, towels, mosquito net and pillow if you like. We can provide sheets. 
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Our food and beverages range from national to international cuisine, with an emphasis on our delicious Caribbean food.

We like to share frech fruits.

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.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Our trip starts at the bus stop "Los Caribeños" in the great metropolitan area, taking the bus that goes from San Jose - Siquirres, to then arrive in Siquirres and take the next bus to Las Vegas de Siquirres, which leaves at 2:30 pm, to then arrive at 4:00 pm, to finally take the panga that will take you to the camp of Naturaleza devPacuare. 

Volunteers can join us all year long, any day of the week.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 19 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
19 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$272 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Naturaleza de Pacuare 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 Naturaleza de Pacuare 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 Saving and jungle animals monitoring

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