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Turtle Conservation Camp Supporter

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2 - 32 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Great 4.4  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
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Volunteer project with the highest quality. This project sets unprecedented standards in quality - an unparalleled level of excellence.

Highlights

  • You will live in front of a beautiful beach
  • Waking up every day to the sound of the waves, beautiful bird songs and enjoying pure air
  • One mission: protect our valuable wildlife!
  • Clean, untended beaches for a better environment and a greener planet. Explore one of the countries with the most biodiversity on the planet!
  • Experience the Costa Rican lifestyle "Pura Vida" and its exotic fauna and flora while protecting its wildlife. A unique experience surrounded by wildlife!

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

About the program

Join Tortugas de Pacuare team and experience saving turtles and meeting people around the world and enjoying the most exuberant nature of the Caribbean coast

Our Program

Our main mission is to protect sea turtles. With the support of the local community and the international volunteers, we work to help conserve the environment. By working with sea turtles, communal and environmental education programs, we will be able to educate people on the importance

About the program

Our Program

Our main mission is to protect sea turtles. With the support of the local community and the international volunteers, we work to help conserve the environment. By working with sea turtles, communal and environmental education programs, we will be able to educate people on the importance of caring about such a valuable environmental resource: sea turtles

Look for Proactive volunteers, with a desire to protect our mother nature and with a lot of love for animals. 

Our main mission is to protect the turtles, however, that is not the only thing we do because together with other organizations in the area and the Costa Rican Ministry of the Environment, we are working on the management of the biological corridor, from Tortuguero National Park to Moin In the city of Limón, for this we also work on cleaning the beach, monitoring animals in the area and monitoring the environmental impact that people may cause due to deforestation for crops or illegal logging



Typical day

After breakfast, which is at 8 a.m., we start working on the project, which varies depending on the season. If we are in the turtle season and there are eggs in the hatchery, the schedules will be in different shifts for all the volunteers. During the day there is maintenance work or some social ...

Typical day

After breakfast, which is at 8 a.m., we start working on the project, which varies depending on the season. If we are in the turtle season and there are eggs in the hatchery, the schedules will be in different shifts for all the volunteers. During the day there is maintenance work or some social work in the small town of Pacuare bar. 

At night, patrols are made from 8 PM to 12 AM and from 12 AM to 4 AM. Hatchery shifts are 3 or 4 hours depending on the number of volunteers there.


Breakfast: 8:00
Lunch: 12:00
Dinner: 6:00


Free-time activities

During free time, volunteers will have the opportunity to play sports, walk through the jungle, kayak, fish and make campfire on the beach among other things that can be done in a place surrounded by nature and with an extensive beach.

Also planing tours and excursions to:

  • Tortuguero, 
  • Cauita, 
  • Puerto ...

Free-time activities

During free time, volunteers will have the opportunity to play sports, walk through the jungle, kayak, fish and make campfire on the beach among other things that can be done in a place surrounded by nature and with an extensive beach.

Also planing tours and excursions to:

  • Tortuguero, 
  • Cauita, 
  • Puerto Viejo, 
  • la Fortuna, 
  • Turrialba and Irazu volcanos, 
  • the waterfalls and much other places 

We are located on an islet, it is only possible to arrive by water, so any excursion is necessary. Dario, take the boat, which has an additional cost of $40 round trip, if it is to the pier, if you go to Tortuguero, it will depend on the number of people like this the price will be lower.


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

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 09:00 - 13:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Tortugas de Pacuare

The fee you are paying covers:

  • transportation from the airport to the dock on your arrival, 
  • 3 meals at day
  • accommodation 
  • and if you stay over 4 weeks we include a tour to Puerto viejo or Cauita National park
  • Boat trip from the dock to the camp on your arrival and boat from the camp to the cok on your departure  
If you request private transportation on your departure we can arrage this for an extra cost. 

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Our team in charge of the transport are people of total trust, in addition they will be duly identified with the logo of our organization for the confidence of our volunteers, also in case you need to go to an ATM, supermarket or go to eat something, our transport manager will be in the best disposition to take you during the journey to the dock

Accommodation

We live in a wood house 5 rooms 6 persons each room, 3 bung beds per room 

The house is located in cated in front to the beach, so you will hear the sound of the waves every night and you will be able to enjoy the peace and tranquility of living in front of the sea and surround by exuberant wildlife 

Food & Beverages

We provide 3 meals a day: 

  • breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

We provide the typical Costa Rican food like gallo pinto, picadillo, empanadas, panqueques.

Drinks such as lemon, passion fruit, and typical fruits juices from Costa Rica. 

We are able to provide especial dietary such as vegetarian or vegan. Our dietary is mostly vegetarian. 

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

Travel Insurance

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Vaccines

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. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

The fee include transport from the airport to the dock and from the dock to the camp. 

Trip on taxi 3 hours approximately 
Trip on boat 30 minutes 
Our team in charge of transportation are people of total trust, they will also be duly identified with the logo of our organization and the car will be duly labeled for the confidence of our volunteers.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

2 weeks (min. stay) 718€
3 weeks 985€
4 weeks 1,251€
5 weeks 1,528€
6 weeks 1,785€
7 weeks 2,047€
8 weeks 2,299€
32 weeks (max. stay) 8,536€
Average fees 312€/week

Program fees

312€ per week 2 - 32 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

2 - 32 weeks

Deposit

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

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.


Meet your organization

Tortugas de Pacuare

Great 4.4 rating (202 reviews)

Agency - founded in 2012

Verified by Volunteer World

  Excellent response rate

Coordinated by

Luis

Spoken languages: English, Spanish

About the project

Tortugas de Pacuare is a non-profit organization created to protect the most endangered turtles in the world, supported 100% by volunteers.

Meet your organization

Why coming as a volunteer to save sea turtles in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has many of the most important beaches in the world for turtle nesting. The government protects some areas, especially national parks, but many important beaches for turtles are unprotected. For this reason we started our project Tortugas de Pacuare and with the help of volunteers around the world. We have been working and saving turtles for more than 12 years now! Without the help of the volunteers, protecting these wonderful animals wouldn't be possible.

The protection of the turtles and the biodiversity of this area is our goal. In order to achieve it, we need the help of international volunteers. You, as a volunteer, should have the willingness to help with tasks that require a close attention. To support our diligent helpers, we create an atmosphere at the Tortugas de Pacuare project that makes them feel like at home. You should have a desire of leaving a mark in a humble village as well as the desire to succeed in the fight for a good cause. 

Our project Tortugas de Pacuare is located 40 km South of Tortuguero in a small town called Barra de Pacuare, an island in the middle of the Caribbean. This makes us one of the most strategic destinations for leatherback turtles, green turtles, and hawksbill turtles, which are some of the most threatened species and are in serious danger of extinction. On the island are living a few people, there are several bars; the closest one is called "Las Machas". There, the volunteers can also buy what they need like shampoo, gel shower etc. or biscuits, cookies, cigarettes, beers etc.

Our vision is to save these turtles by hard work and making a change, not only for the animals, but also for the people, starting with the education of the children of our community.

A lot of reasons can steer a volunteer to take part in a humanitarian project: a cheaper way of travelling or a new experience and a different way of living. The volunteers come to learn about turtles, to improve their Spanish, to live a new experience, to isolate themselves and disconnect themselves from the reality.

We want to make your stay with us as enjoyable as possible, excited to share with you. Your help is necessary to maintain the preservation of sea turtles. Without our patrols, the beach will be vulnerable. We want you to enjoy your experience with us as much as possible.


What does a volunteer need to bring to Pacuare? (packing)

In the following list, you will find objects that you should take with you in order to make your stay in Pacuare more comfortable. This list is also helpful for travelling around Costa Rica.

  • During some hours a day, the wifi is available. However, if you want to assure you an internet access whenever you want, it is better if you by a Costa Rican phone card. Kolbi is the more effective operator on the island, you can recharge it on the island but its efficiency depends on the climatic conditions and the number of devices connected.
  • There are no banks on the island, you need cash (colones).       
  • Put your stuff in plastic bags and remove the air with a straw, it is useful to organize them and if it rains, they will not get wet.
  • Black Crocs with socks (comfortable and appropriate for night patrols).
  • A soap-dish if you use bars of soap (for hygienic reasons).-    
  • Mosquito bed net and mosquito repellent (Off or Relec) in the form of spray, bracelet and patch.
  • A lot of underwear
  • A coat and pants, especially if you come during the rainy season; because, it can be colder.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Cap      
  • Padlock
  • They do not sell hand rolling tobacco in Costa Rica
  • Make a photocopy of your passport and laminate it. Take it with you instead of your passport when you go for a walk or go shopping.
  • Also, you cannot stay more than 90 days in the country without a visa. If you want to stay longer, you will have to leave the country during at least 72 hours.

  Essential:

  • Sunblock
  • Dark clothes for night patrols (lght)
  • Headlamp with red light (you can put a translucent red paper on it)
  • A watch if you are an assistant

Day work

The type of work depends on the period of the year, the number of volunteers and the night work. Sometimes, you will work during a certain amount of hours and sometimes till the end of the task

We try to make the day work as relax as possible because night patrols are tiring. But if a volunteer wants to work on a particular task, which is very important to him, the volunteer must feel free to do it without waiting for staff members’ instructions

  • Clean up the beach: remove organic materials and rubbish which hobble the sea turtles on their way to the beach or hobble the babies to reach the sea
  • Breeding pond: construction of the breeding pond, clean it up, check its condition, take data and watch it during the night
  • Construction of shelter to protect oneself from the rain during the night patrols
  • Night patrols: walking on the beach at night to find sea turtles
  • Housework
  • Maintenance of the garden and construct a kitchen garden and take care of it (harvest)
  • Compost: to dig a hole in order to throw the organic trash inside it
  • Bring the sorted waste to the Coast Guards
  • Wash turtles’ stuff
  • Construct a kitchen garden and take care of it (harvest)

Pastimes

The project has some books and games to entertain oneself and chill out.

  • One-day trip to the mountain, game/quiz night, Latin music class, Spanish class, Hanging out, baking cookies, survival class, caimans tour, cooking class, campfire y marshmallows.
  • The volunteers can also go to the Tortuguero national park or Puerto Viejo during the weekend.

202 reviews · rating4.4

SAMANTHA SCHRECK rating3.6

2023 at Turtle Conservation Camp Supporter

The camp is directly at the beach which is so relaxing, the room are nice, the food is good. We have a lot of free time so you can relax in the hamoc, play beach volley, go at the bar,… The work is easy and you work by group of two or more people which make it nice I really liked my time there ...
Perrine LUTANIE rating4.4

2023 at Turtle Conservation Camp Supporter

Mon séjour à Tortugas de parcuare à été ma première expérience de volontaria et je l'ai adoré. La vie au camp est très calme. La plupart du temps on travail quelques heures par nuit et on est libre la journée pour lire, boire de l'eau de coco ou jouer au volley ball. La meilleure chose ...
Laura Maisto rating5

2023 at Turtle Conservation Camp Supporter

I was lucky enough to visit 2 of the pacuare turtle projects and for me it has been wonderful, because I met many people, I saw a lot of biodiversity and I was filled with the Costa Rican culture which I loved, always smiling, friendly and willing to help you in everything I 100% recommend Pacuare ...
Isabel Mädler rating5

2023 at Turtle Conservation Camp Supporter

My friend and I visited the Matapalo camp on our two-months trip through Costa Rica. It was wonderful and we would have liked to stay longer! We were welcomed in a warm and friendly manner and felt immediately very comfortable. The communication prior to our arrival was already very nice and ...
Carlos Piedra rating5

2024 at Leatherback Turtle Ambassador

A friend told me about visiting Pacuare, so we decided to pack our bags and go to Costa Rica, from the beginning it is an adventure, traveling through the canals of Tortuguero is an adventure that you will not forget, especially if you do it during the morning, I loved every moment in this beautiful ...
Hey! I was in playa Matapalo for 2 weeks and I had a very nice time there. It’s a lot to say but I will try to make it short. The accommodation was ok, exactly how was described by another volunteer and the organisation. But we are there more for the animals and I had the opportunity to see 3 ...

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