Marine Conservation Supporter

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Coordinator | Hannah
Coordinator | Hannah
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Punti Salienti

Spend time on the stunning Osa coast
View dolphins and whales in their natural habitat
Kayak, snorkel and generally immerse yourself in Costa Rica's marine environment
Help conserve the magnificent marine environment
Assist with marine conservation efforts on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singoli
Coppie
Famiglie
Gruppi
50+

The program

This essential program aims to conserve Costa Rica's precious marine environment, which has been decimated by human activities to the point of endangerment. Sadly, without preservation, much of this area's  incredible marine life may cease to exist.

Volunteers have the unique opportunity to work alongside marine biologists at a field research station in Playa Agujas. This critical project collates scientific data on endangered species and works to reforest coral species and protect and preserve dolphin and whale populations in the Golfo Dulce. A willing volunteer workforce is critical to completing the many tasks and ambitious goals of this program.

Goals of this Project:

  • Assist on projects to improve the environment in which sea turtles, dolphins and whales live, feed, breed and nest 
  • Monitor coral, dolphin and whale populations with a view to protection and preservation
  • Research these wonderful creatures for a greater understanding of how to ensure their survival
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange between international volunteers and locals.

How you can help

Volunteers play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project. Like many conservation programs funds are greatly lacking and a willing volunteer labor force is essential to its success. Those working on this program will support research and conservation efforts across three focus areas: Coral Reef Monitoring and Reforestation, Dolphin and Whale Monitoring and Community Conservation.

Working with recognised national and international marine conservation bodies, volunteers will conduct on-water research in sea kayaks to site and record coral reef species and dolphin and whale activity. On land volunteers will work to improve the marine habitat through reforestation efforts, ensuring beaches are rubbish free and educational activities.   

This is a wonderful program that has a direct impact on the safety and survival of sea turtle, dolphin and whale populations on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Volunteers will gain unique experience on conservation projects, learn more about the Costa Rican people and culture and travel to beautiful locations.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Kayak the length of Playa Agujas to site and record coral reef and marine species
  • Undertake on-water research tasks to monitor and record dolphin and whale population numbers and ecology data
  • Reforestation, beach clean-ups, composting, general maintenance and community outreach as required.

Note: Sea-turtle monitoring can also be incorporated for those able to undertake in-water (snorkelling) activities.  An additional cost of $50 per week applies. 

Typical day

Volunteers on this critical marine conservation program in the stunning Oso Peninsula work morning and afternoon shifts, Monday to Friday for around 5-8 hours per day. We ask that volunteers be flexible and prepared to work in whichever area they are required. A typical daily outline may look something like this:

7:00am Breakfast at the accommodation

Each day volunteers will do one shift of on-water marine research in the morning or afternoon and one shift of land-based data recording and community development.

VOLUNTEERING DUTIES 8:00am

Work may include on-water research, mangrove reforestation efforts and monitoring grass sea beds as well as ongoing maintenance of turtle conservation facilities and preserving the beach environment.

12:00pm Lunch 

Work may include recording and entering research data, assisting with composting efforts, maintaining the field research station and community activities as required.

Afternoons/Evenings Free time

Volunteers will have part of the day free to relax and explore the local area. Weekends are an opportunity to get amongst the incredible natural beauty and adventure on offer in Osa!

Free-time activities

This project is based on stunning Osa Peninsula on Costa Rica's South Pacific coast. Off the beaten tourist track, Osa is a veritable paradise and Costa Rica at its very best! 

The Peninsula is dominated by the Corcovado National Park with its vast array of native wildlife including endangered species and Costa Rica's big cats. Guided jungle adventures can be arranged from Puerto Jiménez. Marine enthusiasts and beach lovers will enjoy the attractions of Drake Bay, Caño Island marine reserve and the surf beaches of Cabo Matapalo and Carate.

Puerto Jiménez is the peninsula's largest town and provides a great base for exploring the region, providing easy access to both the vast expanse of the Parque Nacional Corcovado for hiking and wildlife and the emerald waters of the Golfo Dulce for beaches and surf. Marine Conservation work is based at Agujas.

Immersing volunteers into its unspoilt natural beauty and providing a genuine insight into the 'Tico' way of life; Osa peninsula is the genuine article!

Water Sports
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Riding

Requisiti

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
Emergency contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over (17 with parental consent) who wish to give their time and energy to help protect and conserve the marine environment in Costa Rica. The project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by one of local project leaders.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on lunedì, martedì, mercoledì, giovedì and venerdì

Servizi inclusi

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation (as specified above)
  • Food & Meals (as specified above)
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Registration fee included
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Our local team will meet with volunteers in San Jose and arrange accommodation Saturday night for pick-up and transfer Playa Agujas by public bus on Sunday.  

Volunteers are met off the bus in Playa Agujas and taken to the accommodation to settle in. On Monday a full orientation session is provided to cover all aspects of the local area and placement. This is a great opportunity to meet the program coordinators and other volunteers and ask any last minute questions.  

  • Program Arrival Day: SATURDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • International Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose (code: SJO)

Accommodation

Volunteers on this program are accommodated in Volunteer Housing a short journey from the beach. Rooms are dormitory in style and split by gender

Basic amenities are provided including western bathroom facilities with cold water showers, electricity, ceiling fan and free wifi. Bedding is provided but volunteers are responsible for towels and consumables such as toilet paper, soap, washing liquid and cleaning products. 


Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Volunteers are provided 2 meals per day (breakfast and lunch) throughout the placement. Dinner is not included but can be eaten out at one of the local cafes or restaurants where you can try cheap and tasty local food. The meals provided are local cuisine and predominantly vegetarian. 
Internet Access
Good 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.

Date e Prezzi

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This project is available year-round with arrival every SATURDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 4 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, subject to availability.

Availability
gen feb mar apr maggio giu lug ago set ott nov dic
Duration
1 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$828
2 weeks
$1.258
3 weeks
$1.668
4 weeks (max. stay)
$2.108
Average fees
$678 /week

Si prega di notare che le tariffe sopra indicate sono stimate. Love Volunteers vi informerà sul prezzo finale durante il processo di candidatura.
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 Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Marine Conservation Supporter

Assist with marine conservation efforts on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.

$678/week

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