Monitor the feeding habits of turtles in the Peninsular de Osa, by laying nets, and catching and taking data from feeding turtles.
The project is located on Playa Blanca, close to Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula in the southern Pacific province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Osa Peninsula is a natural paradise, being home to a vast variety of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects. The Golfo Dulce, one of the four tropical fiords worldwide, hosts additionally a fascinating marine life - including sea turtles. Osa In-Water project works to better understand the dynamics of the local populations of hawksbill and green sea turtles, their genetic origin and in-water habitat use and threats. This project also runs a rescue and rehabilitation centre, as well as a mangrove reforestation effort. Studies are also carried out on the health of the off shore sea grass bed, which is an important feeding habitat for many species, especially sea turtles.
1. Collect data on population structure, genetic origin and in-water habitats of endangered sea turtles
2. Hands-on experience in conservation efforts, environmental education and community projects
3. Ideal for those studying animal science, marine biology, zoology, ecology, or conservation
The project lies close to Corcovado National park - where volunteers can visit.
The nearest town is Puerto Jimenez, with many shops, bars, restaurants and tours.
In Playa Blanca, it is possible to rent kayaks, horseride, or even take a canopy ziplining tour or an ATV tour.
Volunteers have one free day per week to enjoy activities. Our staff at the project will be happy to help organize.
fees vary according to category of accommodation - volunteers can choose from basic homestays to air conditioned hotels!
we work with local familiees who are committed to the conservation effort in the area.
Breakfast will usually consist of "gallo pinto" - rice and beans, eggs, corn tortillas and coffee. main meals will consist of rice and beans, plantains, salads, vegetables, pastas and some protein.
there will occasionally be fresh fruit.
Coffe is very common in Costa Rica, as is fresh fuit juices.