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Montezuma Sea Turtles


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

About Montezuma

The Montezuma sea turtle conservation project is located in the southern part of the Nicoya peninsula, in Puntarenas province, and belongs to the Tempisque Conservation area. It is a public beach of approximately 2km long, and is also an important tourist area. It is an area of both dry plains and marshland – permanent and seasonal. It is distanced 8km from the small town of Cobano, approx. 40km from the ferry port of Paquera ( with ferries to Puntarenas) and just over 140km from the capital city of San Jose. In this area there are natural and human factors (egg harvesting, traffic, excessive lighting, depredation of turtles, growth of rivers, etc.) which have a devastating effect on the turtles, their nests and their eggs.

  1. The principle objective of the project is to monitor the different species of adult female turtles that nest on Montezuma beach, in order to develop and propose a conservation strategy for the protection of these creatures.
  2. Another objective is to create areas for research in biodiversity for the use of students from state and private universities, and also international students to develop their dissertations.
  3. To develop community outreach activities.
  4. To be involved in environmental education focusing on neighboring communities, to assist them in caring for these eco systems.
  5. To provide an enriching experience for both national and international volunteers.

Volunteer Duties

  • Maintenance of infrastructure and surroundings
  • Beach cleaning
  • Night patrols to look for nesting female turtles (in nesting season)
  • Transport of food and water 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 nesting season)
  • Releasing baby turtles into the ocean (in hatchling season)
  • Collection of nest data (in nesting season) 

Suitable for


Typical day

First Day 

Wake up today and meet the other volunteers that you will be spending the next few weeks with! Today you will get a lot more information about the project. You will be given an orientation and three meals a day. 


Activities will include night patrols along the beach, data collection, beach clean-up and area maintenance, monitoring of the baby turtle hatchery, counting baby turtles and releasing them - depending on the season. Your days are very busy so be prepared for hard work. 


Turtle conservation is 24 hours per day! The hatchery is monitored in 3 or 5 hour shifts all day and night, and the night patrols can run in 4 hour shifts from 7pm through until 4am – generally volunteers will work alternate hatchery and night patrols during the night.

During the day, volunteers will work from 6am until 11am in beach cleaning, maintenance and house cleaning. There may also be some light work in the afternoons.

Program Requirements

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Required Documents
Medical Insurance
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
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 beautiful places as Isla Tortuga, Malpaís and Santa Teresa
  • Visit the first National Park of Costa Rica Cabo Blanco
  • Yoga lessons in Montezuma are available and also surfing lessons

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  • Hostel accommodation in San José (overnight)
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The accommodation at Montezuma is a basic structure – actually two apartments joined together - that consists of a large common areas and balconies, kitchen and eating area. There are three dorm rooms with bunk beds for volunteers. There are showers and toilet facilities, running water, and drinking water available.

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Food & Beverages

Volunteers will receive three meals a day at the project ( breakfast, lunch and dinner). Food provided is according to a typical Costa Rican diet, and consists mainly of rice, beans, salads, pasta, vegetables and fruit.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
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50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Puntarenas/Costa Rica between 1 week and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. ASVO will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Final Payment (85%)
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