Work For Sea Turtle

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Coordinator | Sahil
Coordinator | Sahil
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Work with turtles to help conserve their habitat and their receding population
Work includes protecting turtle nests from poachers, helping manage sustainable egg-harvesting programs, and working in hatcheries to ensure Costa Rica’s turtle population does not further recede
As a volunteer, you will work on projects intended to protect turtle nests from human poachers, help manage sustainable egg-harvesting programs, and work in hatcheries This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Volunteers in Turtle Conservation Program work in beaches along the Pacific Coast as well as the Caribbean coast. Volunteer work varies from time to time but generally includes work includes; working with local staff to harvest eggs, beach cleaning night patrolling, counting turtles, collecting eggs and to keep them away from predators.

The most important requirements for this volunteer program are Hard working skills, ecologically sensitive, willing to learn about new cultures and the most important one: enthusiasm. Major tasks involve:

  • General infrastructure maintenance
  • Tourist attention
  • Control Walks.
  • Monitoring of the nesting activity (species identification, biometric information and marking among several others).
  • Protection and monitoring of eggs.
  • The liberation of the newborn.
  • Obtaining information on the remains of the nest.
  • Clean the beach when you see garbage.
  • Separate the garbage to see if you can recycle some things like Plastic, glass, cardboard etc. 

Typical day

A volunteer’s workday on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

Breakfast 7 am - 8 am 

Volunteer Work Start 8:30 am 

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and the number of volunteers on hand.

Volunteer Work End 4 pm

Evenings are generally free to simply relax, hang out with your fellow volunteers, and have dinner together.

Note: This is just a tentative schedule and the actual program schedule can vary.

This project is available in various locations across Costa Rica. Given the nature of these projects, in most cases they are located in more remote areas and therefore volunteers will spend the majority of their time (including free time) onsite as opportunities to travel offsite may be limited.

Free-time activities

Volunteers are free to visit and see places or do shopping during their free time. You can explore the local markets or travel to the beaches which can be visited on the weekends. The country offers unparalleled natural beauty, active volcanoes, rainforests, and a wide range of national parks and eco-tourism. In addition, Costa Rica has over 1,000 miles of gorgeous white-and-black sand beaches.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking

Require­ments

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.
Other Skills
Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program and should be prepared to work outdoors and get their hands dirty. Participants in the program should have a keen interest and love for animal conservation work. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Volunteering Solutions
24 hrs Assistance and support from VS Staff
Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  • Pickup from San Jose International Airport and transfer to accommodation
  • Orientation on arrival
  • Accommodation 
  • Meals 
  • Internet access at local office
  • Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Volunteers are picked up from the San Jose International Airport by the local coordinator or representative.

Accommodation

As a volunteer for the Turtle Conservation Project, you'll be received from San Jose Airport and transferred to the volunteer hostel accommodation in Heredia. Later, you'll be traveling to your project placement site, where you'll get accommodation at shared dorms or with a host family at a close-by location. All the accommodations have basic amenities like attached bathrooms, electricity, etc. You'll be provided with 3 meals a day (included in program fee). Volunteers often take part in the kitchen and cook meals together, which will be great fun!

Guest Family Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with three cooked meals a day at the host family house or project accommodation. Local Costa Rican cuisine is a fusion of cuisines from different parts of the world. Common foods are Rice, Vegetables, Beans, Pork, Meat, Chicken etc. When staying at the volunteer hostel in Heredia on arrival two meals a day are provided.

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.
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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

2020
October 04, 18
November 01, 15
December  06

2021
January -   03,17
February - 07,21
March - 07,21
April - 04,18
May - 02,16
June - 06,20
July - 04,18
August - 01,15
September - 05,19
October - 03,17
November - 07,21
December - 05
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$965
2 weeks
$1,215
3 weeks
$1,465
4 weeks
$1,765
5 weeks
$1,965
6 weeks
$2,215
7 weeks
$2,465
8 weeks
$2,715
24 weeks (max. stay)
$8,145
Average fees
$652 /week

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

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Work For Sea Turtle

As a volunteer, you will work on projects intended to protect turtle nests from human poachers, help manage sustainable egg-harvesting programs, and work in hatcheries

$652/week

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