Wildlife: Turtles Conservation

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Coordinator | Jose
Coordinator | Jose
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Help institutions working with endangered marine species.
Learn spanish fluently
Enjoy the experience on living in the beautiful Pacific Coast of Costa Rica
Get experience in working with animals and learn about fauna & flora conservation
Visit some of the most amazing beaches in the world
Volunteer in a rescue center that takes in various endangered species of turtles, fish, caimans and others.
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Costa Rica is famous for its rich biodiversity. Many people from around the world come to Costa Rica to experience its lush rain-forests and exotic wildlife, In fact, Costa Rica is one of the more biodiversity-dense countries in the world and it is home to more than 500,000 species, which represent nearly 4% of the total estimated species worldwide.

The turtle conservation project is located in various parts of the Nicoya peninsula
where volunteers can help to maintain healthy numbers of various turtle species and
create awareness in the local population of the importance of marine wildlife.

Development, agriculture, illegal exotic animal trade, and contamination affect many wildlife species that are under constant threat. Volunteers in the wildlife program in Costa Rica work in animal rescue centers aimed at helping endangered species.

Possible tasks:
-Clean-ups of nesting areas.
-Record-keeping of nests, temperatures, and weather conditions.
-Beach patrols.
-Identifying female turtles.
-Spotting turtle nests.
-Egg nest re-location.
-Nest clean-ups after turtle eggs have hatched.
-Maintenance tasks like painting signs, murals, beach clean-ups, etc.
-Environmental preservation talks in schools and the local community.

Typical day

You will be working from monday to thursday, so you have friday saturday and monday to enjoy the beach.

Normally you will work from 8am to 3pm, except in case of any change of the schedule.

You will have breaks to lunch and rest if needed.

Free-time activities

Because you will work on the beach, in your free days you can enjoy
  • White Sand Beaches of Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal and more
  • Water Sports
  • Surfing
  • SCUBA Diving
  • Fishing
  • Night life
  • Volcanos as Tenorio and Rincon de la Vieja
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) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV, background check and application form and passport
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 from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Integrated Learning Experience

We are using the fees to pay

  • Accommodation
    Participation in cultural activities.
  • On call support throughout the service.
  • Coordination with the host country organization of volunteer service.
  • Orientation to volunteer work or intern placement
  • Welcome at airport with transport.
  • Certificate of program completion.

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

We will pick you at the arrivals door in the airport, with a sign with your name.

Volunteer dorms in shared rooms with two meals per day

Host family in private room with two meals per day.

Lodging is subject to availability.
Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Two meals per day

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

Please select a Sunday for arrival.

Our team will guide you for the best Sunday start date for your project. Turtle Season July- December

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 5 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$550 /week

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

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