Conservation Ambassador

Get in direct contact with turtles and help us to conserve this wonderful species with our organisation.

Working with Turtles

Walks by night to patrol with local guides to collect turtle eggs and relocate them to a turtle hatchery where they will be safe from poachers.

Other work

Volunteers will work also in the maintenance of the camp, beach cleaning and in our recycling program. 
Our program it's a communal initiative and we work closely with the people from Barra de Pacuare. You will learn lots about our culture because we promote contact with locals. In return they will be offering the opportunity to do fishing tours, kayak, or tours by boat to Tortuguero National Park. 

We also spend our time to do community service work and help to maintain community facilities, local schools, sports fields, and execute beach cleanups in conjunction with the Blue Flag committee. In addition we help the local population with construction of gardens.


The project is located 40 km south of Tortuguero in a small town called Barra de Pacuare in the middle of the Caribbean. This makes us one of the most important points for the arrival of leatherback turtles, green turtles, and hawksbill turtles. These are the most threatened species and extinction is a serious danger.

Our goal is to save turtles, so the fee asked for participation in the program is very low, this helps us maintain the station and save one of the most amazing animals in the ocean.

Suitable for


Typical day

Your schedule
Volunteers will have different tasks each day, working with turtles is the best experience ever. 

* 8:30 am: breakfast 
* 12:30 am: lunch 

Communal work
* 9:30 am: communal work
* 2:30 pm: communal work 

Total communal work during the day is approx. 2 hours 
Turtle hatchery
* 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
* 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
* 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
* 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
* 10:00 pm to 4:00 am
* 4:00 am to 8:00 am

Beach patrolling 
* 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
* 12:00 am to 4:00 am

Program Requirements

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

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Conservation Ambassador Enjoying very tropical lunch All around its awesome Our shared rooms, exelent view to the Caribbean Relocation of the eggs to save place By the canals of Tortuguero Babies hatching volunteers enjoing free time patrool colecting eggs of leatherback turtle One of the many different types of frogs Canadian group Pizza time Our house, wood used come from the beach Babie turtle Open your eyes and you'll find many animals Volunteers realising babies Our food is made with love and inspiration Volunteers enjoying by the canals Our volunteers our family our motivation Turtle rescue turtle saved from poachers

Free-time activities

Volunteers will have the chance to spend their time enjoying the wild life, meeting many different animals, practicing sports on the beach or simply tan themselves lying on the beach.

Water Sports


What's included?
Fees include accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, turtle training, and tour of the forest
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Our camp is a house with 4 rooms, 2 rooms can host 6 people, 1 room for 4 people and 1 room for 2 people. You will wake up every morning with the ocean in front of your door.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

We offer vegetarian and vegan food.
Breakfast : pancakes, omelet, Gallo pinto, empanadas, tortillas con huevo, and many different tropical fruits.
Lunch and dinner: different kind of picadillos with rice and beans, tortilla de papa, spaghetti with coconut milk sauce, focacia, pizza, bread, patacones with beans paste, and many variable and Caribbean food

Internet Access
Limited 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 Limon/Costa Rica between 1 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Tortugas de Pacuare will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 Tortugas de Pacuare during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Barra de Pacuare , 300 meters est from cost gard station, 30505 Limon, Costa Rica