Sea Turtle Conservation Assistant

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founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Hannah
Coordinator | Hannah
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Work on projects to improve the environment for nests and to make the hatchlings journey to the Pacific Ocean safer. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singoli
Coppie
Famiglie
Gruppi
50+

The program

This wonderful project was created with the goal of helping to preserve the amazing sea turtle. The Turtle Conservation Program works to conserve the future of this majestic creature, which through decades of indiscriminate human plundering, has been drastically reduced in number to a point where it is now on the endangered species list. Sadly, without the help of widespread conservation efforts, including environmental, research and re-education programs, the great sea turtle could be lost forever. Working with several of the main species of sea turtles to inhabit the Pacific, the main focus of this project is to protect and nurture the clutches of eggs laid across vital beach nesting grounds during the peak nesting season (August to February) and work on conservation and research projects at other times. The aim is to create safer nesting grounds, increase understanding and ensure more hatchlings make it to the Pacific Ocean to allow for the continuation of the species.

Additionally the program uses volunteer resources to monitor local sloth populations to protect and preserve this important animal.

Goals of this Project:

  • To save the sea turtle from extinction
  • Work on projects to improve the environment for nests and to make the hatchlings journey to the Pacific Ocean safer
  • Research these wonderful creatures so a greater understanding of how to save them can be gained
  • Monitor and protect local sloth populations
  • Enable interaction between international volunteers and their local hosts.

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 work which involves counting turtles, measuring nests, collecting scientific information and night beach patrols. They will also help protect turtle nests from human poachers, assist on the egg-harvesting programs and helping in the hatcheries. Volunteers may also get the fantastic opportunity to participate in the subsequent release of hatchlings to the sea! Outside of the breeding season (which peaks from August to January), volunteers will assist with other vital conservation projects such as the development of infrastructure on the beaches, including building and lighting projects to mitigate the adverse effect of vehicle and human traffic on turtle nesting grounds, as well maintaining the beach environment itself. This is a wonderful program that has a direct impact on the safety of sea turtle populations on the Pacific Coast of Coast Rica. Volunteers will gain unique experience on conservation projects, learn more about the Costa Rican people and culture and travel to beautiful locations.

The Quepos location also offers volunteers the opportunity to assist with protection of local sloth populations and volunteers can expect to participate in sloth counts and monitoring activities.

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

  • Nightly beach patrols
  • Preparing and maintaining the turtle hatcheries
  • Hatchling release 
  • Beach clean-up 
  • Reforestation activities 
  • Monitor and protect local native species including sloths, parrots, macaws, alligators and more. 
  • Cleaning and maintenance of the project living areas

Typical day

Schedules on this wonderful program are largely determined by the time of year and breeding activities taking place. Volunteers can expect to work anywhere from 3 -10 hours per day, depending on the nesting season and community activities underway when they participate. 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:

Nightly Beach Patrol

Volunteers undertake beach patrols each night to monitor and protect turtle breeding grounds. Each patrol takes 3 - 5 hours depending on the number of turtles nesting and will be scheduled based on tides. At least 1 patrol will take place year round, even in the low season (March to July).

6:00am - 12:00pm Morning shift at the nursery

Volunteers are rostered on 6 hour shifts in the nursery during breeding season. The morning shift takes a break for breakfast from 8:30am - 9am then works through till 12pm.

8:00am Breakfast 

8:30am - 10:00am Clean-up

Volunteers on the afternoon shift will cover the morning shift while they have breakfast and work together to clean the rooms and common areas.

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch 

12:00pm - 6:00pm Afternoon shift at the nursery

3:30pm - 5:30pm Community work

These taks include: beach clean-up, reforestation, nursery maintenance, wildlife monitoring and improving the grounds. These are undertaken year round but volunteers attending during the off-season can expect to spend less time in the nursery and more time on these afternoon tasks. From March - July volunteers typically work 3 - 4 hours per day and have much of the morning free.

5:30pm - 6:30pm Dinner

6:00pm - 12:00pm First night shift at the nursery

12:00pm - 6:00am Second night shift at the nursery

Free-time activities

This incredible project is based 30mins south of the small town of Quepos on Costa Rica's central Pacific coastline roughly 1 hour south of Playa Hermosa and Playa Jaco and 2 ½ hours from San Jose.  

Playa Matapalo boasts a restaurant and store so everyday needs are well covered.  Surfing and horseback riding are popular pursuits in the immediate vicinity and a stunning swimming hole and waterfall are a 30min hike from the site. Slightly further afield are Quepos town and Manuel Antonio National Park.     

Offering a relatively remote expanse of beach, largely unpolluted by noice and light, this is a popular nesting ground for thousands of sea turtles each year.  The most common species include Olive Ridley, Pacific Green, Leatherback and Hawksbill.  The peak nesting and hatching season runs from August through February but turtles frequent the beach year round in varying numbers.  A truly unique opportunity to witness this amazing natural phenomenon.

Diving/
Snorkling
Hiking
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Swimming
Water Sports

Requisiti

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)
Required Documents
Emergency contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
This project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in marine conservation/zoological studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all. mportantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on lunedì, martedì, mercoledì, giovedì and venerdì from 09:00 - 16:00

Servizi inclusi

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Volunteers are collected upon arrival into San Jose and accommodated with a trusted host family before catching the early morning bus the following day to Quepos.

Volunteers are met of the bus in Quepos and taken to Matapalo where a full orientation session is provided by the Turtle Conservation staff.

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica (Code: SJO)

Arrival days are flexible so please let us know if you wish to arrive on a day other than Sunday.

Accommodation

Volunteers spend their first night with a trusted host family just outside San Jose before boarding the bus to Quepos the following morning.

In Matapalo accommodation is provided in a dedicated Volunteer House. Rooms are dormitory in style and may be shared by up to 4 volunteers depending on the time of year and number of volunteers. 

The house has all the basic amenities including western style bathrooms, electricity, cold water showers, wifi, communal areas and a well equipped kitchen. Bedding is provided so volunteers need only bring toiletries and a towel.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided daily and are included in the program fee. Volunteers are often expected to help with cooking and cleaning up (using a roster-based system), so everyone contributes at meal times – bringing a wonderful ‘family’ feel to this project. Nice!  

Internet Access
Sorry, no 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

Volunteers are collected upon arrival into San Jose and accommodated with a trusted host family before catching the early morning bus the following day to Quepos.

Volunteers are met of the bus in Quepos and taken to Matapalo where a full orientation session is provided by the Turtle Conservation staff.

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica (Code: SJO)

Arrival days are flexible so please let us know if you wish to arrive on a day other than Sunday.

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)
$768
2 weeks
$1.148
3 weeks
$1.558
4 weeks (max. stay)
$1.898
Average fees
$621 /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%)
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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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Sea Turtle Conservation Assistant

Work on projects to improve the environment for nests and to make the hatchlings journey to the Pacific Ocean safer.

$621/week

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