Buena Vista Sea Turtles


The main objective is to protect adult female turtles from human predators, wildlife and natural events.

About Buenavista

Buenavista is a sandy beach approximately 2.8km long, with an estuary at the northern end, and the mouth of the river Buenavista at the southern end. At this southern end of the beach, access is limited due to a mangrove ecosystem, which is dependent on the coastal tides and the river water. The gradient of the beach is low – ranging between 3º and 4º with the waves. For this reason, the tide here is very strong, and which makes it a ideal beach for surfing.

Another main objective is to detail the dynamics of nesting activity using the collection of data which enables us to ask the following questions: What species of turtle nests at Buenavista? Where and when do they nest? How many times does one female nest here in a season? What happens to the eggs and how many hatchlings are produced from one clutch of eggs?Finally, we aim to distribute all of this information, along with basic information about the biology and conservation of sea turtles, to the local population, and to educational centres in the area.

Volunteer duties:

  • Maintenance of infrastructure and surroundings.
  • Beach cleaning.
  • Night patrols to look for nesting female turtles (in season)
  • Transport of food and wáter supply
  • Collection of data relevant to nesting activity(in nesting season. Collection and transferal of eggs to the hatchery, tagging and measurements of turtles)
  •  Monitoring and security of hatchery ( in season)
  • Releasing baby turtles into the ocean.(in hatchling season)
  • Collection of nest data (in nesting season)


Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
Health Insurance
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

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Free-time activities

You can visit communities near of the Project.
You can surf.
You can play board games.
You can meditate.

Water Sports


What's included?
Inscription, Accommodation and three meals per day, Airport pick up, Hostel accommodation in San José (overnight)
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

We offer basic accommodation in our station, we have shared rooms and bathrooms.
Our station does not have electricity, however we have a small solar panel.

Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Meals are based in a Costa Rican diet (rice, beans, noodles, vegetables, coffe, juice,etc)

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
9 weeks
17 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Guanacaste/Costa Rica between 1 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. ASVO will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
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