Turtle Biologist

founded in 2018
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Coordinator | Laura
Coordinator | Laura
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Contribute to the conservation of sea turtles by doing daily beach patrols where you will encounter females laying eggs and baby turtles hatching.
Support community development by giving English lessons to local staff members and helping with presentations at local schools.
Learn about the process of beach clean-ups, sorting plastic and finally inserting the plastic pieces into an extruder and wrapping it around forms to create products (eg jewelry, plant pots).
Gain Spanish fluency by living with locals and sharing daily life with other Spanish speaking volunteers and research assistants.
Experience living in our sustainable base camp that is located in one of the most biodiverse areas of the entire planet and only a few hundred meters from Playa Rio Oro!
Volunteer to help protect Olive Ridley and green sea turtle nests by patrolling beaches. You will have the opportunity to work with nesting females and baby hatchlings! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Our community focused turtle conservation project is located on the incredible Osa Peninsular, Costa Rica. Home to an incredible amount of biodiversity the peninsular is also home to communities trying to make a living in this isolated area. Unfortunately, this often leads to illegal activities such as gold mining or poaching.  This is why we strive to improve the employability skills and options for our local community by providing training and employment as much as we can. 

COPROT is a fairly new project, founded in 2018 to protect the sea turtles and support the community in our area. We require driven and innovative individuals that are looking to make a real impact in a developing rural area in Costa Rica. You must be able to live in minimal conditions and survive off of a mostly vegetarian diet while on camp.

Volunteers require no previous experience and all are encouraged to apply. We are looking for volunteers who are excited to collect data on nesting female turtles during morning or night patrols, teach and plan English lessons for our local people, take part in hatchling release days, learn how to garden, and are keen to be more involved with nature.

As a volunteer, you will participate in daily turtle patrols, morning patrols (3-5 hrs) or night patrols (4-7 hrs). On the patrols you will protect new nests, record data on the nesting female, excavate hatched nests, assist in the tourism element and release hatchlings! Our beaches are some of the most important in the region with almost 7,000 sea turtle nests each year. We strive to collect as much data and protect as many of these nests as possible.

If you are looking for a project that will give you the chance to experience one of the most biodiverse places on earth, encounter and protect sea turtles everyday and get involved in the local community, then COPROT is the project for you. 

Typical day

As a volunteer, you will participate in daily turtle patrols, morning patrols (3-5 hrs) or night patrols (4-7 hrs). On the patrols you will protect new nests, record data on the nesting females, excavate hatched nests, assist with tourist experiences and release hatchlings! During the day, we will also have beach clean-ups, plastic upcycling, community workshops/English lessons, presentations, gardening and general camp maintenance!

Free-time activities

In your free time you can go hiking around the jungle, go walk or swim at the nearby beaches (Playa Peje Pero, Rio Oro, Carate) where you can also play some sports such as soccer or volleyball! We also have yoga mats that can be used for yoga or doing some exercise. We also make bowls, pots, jewelry (bracelets, earrings, rings) and some functional items (soap holders, toilet brushes) out of the plastic that is collected at the beach. Additionally, there are some shared books available to read on our bookshelves. 



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)
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 07:30 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by COPROT
This amount covers food and lodging, as well as their training during their stay. Volunteers must cover their transportation costs to reach and leave COPROT, and any extra activity that they want to do during their free time.

Since the beginning of 2019, we have been developing our base camp located just a few hundred meters from the entrance to Playa Rio Oro, on a piece of land that has been offered to us by the landowner for use for our project development (thank you!). We have built our camp with nature in mind, and have used primarily sustainable and natural resources, upcycling the majority of wood and other materials from old buildings no longer in use.

The base camp is surrounded by a wide range of tropical plants where we often see many tropical birds and sometimes monkeys! We have a few chickens roaming around the camp, as well as 2 dogs and a cat.

Our volunteers sleep in one of two lodges, one has 2 single beds and the other has 2 bunk beds. They are located just a few steps away from the bathroom and kitchen.

Our communal kitchen is open with a panoramic view of the garden. There are 2 tables where we like to cook and eat our meals together.

There are 2 bathrooms and 2 showers that are shared.

All the facilities get cleaned on a daily basis!

Food & Beverages

We provide breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! All of our food is vegetarian/vegan. Some examples include:

Breakfast : - oatmeal with fresh fruit and peanut butter
                     - pinto beans and rice with fresh/pan fried vegetables
Lunch/dinner: - vegetable curry with rice/naan bread
                          - bean chili with rice and lettuce
                          - pasta with lentil bolognese
                          - minestrone soup with veggies, beans and pasta
Snacks: - fresh cut up fruit (papaya, pineapple, starfruit, oranges, grapefruit)
               - fresh cut up vegetables (red bell peppers, carrots)
               - salty crackers

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 Puerto Jimenez (PJM) in Puerto Jimenez. 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

Volunteers can join the program at any time during the year. 

Something unique to this area is that sea turtles nest all year round so you will always have the opportunity to work with them.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$313 /week

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

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Turtle Biologist

Volunteer to help protect Olive Ridley and green sea turtle nests by patrolling beaches. You will have the opportunity to work with nesting females and baby hatchlings!


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