Wildlife Conservation and Surfing

founded in 2012
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Coordinator | Luis
Coordinator | Luis
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One of the best beaches in Costa Rica to do surfing
Near to biologist reserve
Only 1.5 hours to the airport
15 minutes to Jaco beach one of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica
Many beaches around to visit in your time off
Learn surfing and enjoy one of the best beaches with perfect waves while being part of the wildlife conservation programs in a paradisiacal place full of nature. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The conservation of natural resources such as sea turtles, sloths, monkeys and hundreds of animal species is our main objective. Located in a suitable place for surfing, we have looked for the balance between the protection of the environment while enjoying one of the most exciting sports on the waves. Here you can learn surfing with a professional, who is also a person dedicated 100% to sea turtles conservation since many years ago.

We work day by day in union with different sectors, such as the blue flag committee that is dedicated to the cleanup of our beach which has certification of excellence for this work. We collaborate with the community school in environmental education programs, with the association of volunteers of Costa Rica ASVPA in the protection of sea turtles and with this same association in a mammals monitoring  program.
Make your contribution to conservation in one of the most biodiverse areas in the world and live a real experience with us. 

Typical day

The day starts at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast, at 9:00 a.m. We start surfing lessons for one hour a day. A professional will teach you how to practice this sport. Classes are taught 5 days a week and if you want to continue practicing we provide you with a surfboard so you can continue practicing in your spare time. After the practice we continue with the daily tasks such as collection and classification of plastic for recycling, wildlife monitoring and working with turtles.

  • Breakfast – 8:00 am 
  • Lunch – 12:00 pm
  • Dinner – 6:00 pm 
Volunteer Obligations
Communal Work Shifts
9:30 – 11:00 am
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Sea turtle conservation – As a volunteer with us, you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in the entire turtle hatching process. This includes taking shifts patrolling the beach in the evenings to locate female turtles who have come ashore to lay their nests. Nests are then transported to a hatchery, where they can be monitored 24/7 to protect them from poachers and predatory animals. You will take one shift every few days to keep watch of the hatchery. Finally, upon hatching, you will assist the baby sea turtles in reaching the ocean safely to ensure maximum survival rates. You may also help in the general maintenance of the hatchery. 
Other tasks – Volunteers will also participate in sloth walks to monitoring and record the migration patterns of local sloth populations. Additionally, you’ll assist us in gathering beach litter once per week. You can expect to help with cleaning the kitchen and bedrooms once per week. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in community service work with local schools and community facilities. 

Free-time activities

Here you'll have many different activities to do. 
A surfing school is near to the project (100 meters), our beach offers the best chance to go surfing, the waves are awesome. 
An amazing waterfall lies within 1 hour walking distance by the mountains. 
Manuel Antonio National Park is one hour south by bus. 
Dominical beach is 1.20 minutes south by bus. Here you can also do sports, snorkeling, fishing or recreational fishing. 
Jaco beach 15 minutes north by bus 
The beach is just in front of our house, so sunbathe, enjoy the beach and live in a tropical and nice place.
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)
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 10:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Tortugas de Pacuare

Fee is used to buy equipment, food, maintenance of the camp, pay salary to the staff.

You will live in hostel-style accommodations with fellow volunteers. There are mixed rooms with bunk beds and an attached bathroom. The site has a personal chef that will prepare three meals per day. There is also a restaurant and convenience store located directly beside the site if you would like to purchase additional food, beverages, or toiletries.
Food & Beverages
Costa Rican food.We provide 3 meals a day: Rice and beans, spaghetti, empanada, picadillo, and many more typical local foods. 
Drinks will be always tropical flavors.
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. 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

You can arrive any day of the week except for Sunday. From the TRACOPA bus stop near the San Jose airport, take the bus going to Quepos. You should stop on Esterillos este. There, a member of the staff will pick up you to the camp.
After you apply for our program we will get in touch with more information regarding your arrival. We provide options for transportation from the airport to the site at an additional cost.  
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$684 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Tortugas 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 Tortugas 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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Wildlife Conservation and Surfing

Learn surfing and enjoy one of the best beaches with perfect waves while being part of the wildlife conservation programs in a paradisiacal place full of nature.


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