Leatherback Sea Turtle Protection

Patrolling beaches, rescue turtle eggs, observe sea turtles, collect data

The project

During your stay you will be part of the turtle protection project in Pacuare, this streaches over acres of rain forests and 6km of beaches located on the Caribbean sea around 25km from the closest city Limon. 

This project protects the Baula and Lora sea turtles from extinction, the conservation consists of a wide range of people such as local people, international tourists and also scientists researching the turtles. 

Volunteers will work with scientists observing the nesting of sea turtles, including watching and excavating the eggs. After 45 to 60 days volunteers and staff have the oppurtunity to reintroduce the hatchlings into the wild, while also collecting vital research about the turtles by recording key factors such as temperatures and the amounts of precipitation. Volunteers should be very flexible and carry out a whole range of tasks during the project. 

As well as sea turtles the conservation area is home of over 20 other species of mammals and lots of different reptiles, the area is in the middle of a protected rainforest surrounded by rivers. 

Your Work 

This programme devotes itself to the defence and protection of nesting sea turltes in the Limon province of Costa Rica. During your stay you will study the turtles and their behavouirs on the scenic Carribean beaches.

There are two different types of turtles Baula turtles arrive between Febuary and October, while Lora turtles arrive between July and October, so that means volunteers are needed all year round. 

On a day to day basis you will be expected to patrol beaches at night, find nesting turtles, examine turtles for research purposes, assist in collecting eggs and protecting the baby turtles when returning to the wild.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level) and English (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:30 - 16:30

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Free-time activities

On your time off there are many different activites for you to participate in such as swimming in the Carribien sea, many sporting activities, also hiking around the reserve and forests allow you to take in the beautiful nature of Costa Rica.



What's included?
Help from experienced staff members | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Tour around the site on arrival with orientation | 24h-Emergency Number | Accomodation in volunteer dormitory (house) | Over night stay in San Jose (upon arrival) | Transfer in San José Accommodation-Bus Terminal for journey to project site | Full-board (3 meals/day) | Advice on travel and insurance | Flight booking service (optional) | Certificate of participation | Application fee
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

There is an airport pick up service that will take you to your over night stay in San Jose, from there you will be taken on a bus to your destination.


Volunteers will all be together in a house very close to the beach, this is a great way to meet people, it is furnished with fully equiped kitchens and shared bathrooms, there is no electricity so so gas lamps are used for light. Volunteers usually cook their meals together with gas powered appliances. Ingredients are provided by the project.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Full board is provided (3 meals per day)

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
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25 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Limon/Costa Rica between 2 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Rio Pacuare, Limón Region, Costa Rica, Limon, Costa Rica