Let's Protect the Caribbean Wildlife

founded in 2012
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Coordinator | Luis
Coordinator | Luis
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Working in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world!
Beach and wildlife on the same program - a perfect combination!
Live in an exotic place surrounded by nature, where the magical songs of the animals and the waves are combined!
Experience the authentic Caribbean!
Be part in the conservation of our environment and help us to preserve our treasure!
At Pacuare, you can observe over 300 species of animals such as mammals, reptiles and birds of the Caribbean zone, and you can actively participate protecting them. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The project

This is a wildlife conservation project focused on preserving our natural Caribbean of Costa Rica. We want to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our environment,  through actions such as cleaning the beach where we collect plastic waste for recycling, and the observance of the animals of the area, which gives us information about the amount of wildlife in this beautiful place in the Caribbean. In this way, we obtain information in conjunction with other organizations on the coast in order to consolidate a biological corridor throughout the North Caribbean.

What kind of animals will you find here?

Mammals such as: 3 types of monkeys, capuchins, Howler Monkeys and Spider Monkeys  anteaters, felines, raccoons, kinkayous, horns, among many others. More than 300 species of birds, amphibians such as poison dart frogs and tree frogs, reptiles such as iguanas, crocodiles, Basilisk, snakes and others.

Why our work is important:

Year after year, the human being has been populating many of the habitats that belong to wild animals. Our goal is: We want to monitor the health conditions of the different animal populations that inhabit our Costa Rican Caribbean. Based on the knowledge acquired, we want to implement a plan to restore the areas affected by afforestation and develop environmental education programs in nervy schools.

What do we do?

  • Make transects for forest monitoring
  • Monitoring of mammals 
  • Placement of trap cameras, for the collection of video data
  • Colecting plastic on the beach ( we dedicate most of the program on this point) 
  • Tree sowing
  • Construction of a nursery to germinate trees that will serve us for reforestation

We know that protecting our mother nature is not only about knowing her, but we must also act directly to protect her through different actions, such as collecting garbage on the beach to recycle it and creating endemic nursery reforestation emission areas that have been deforested by logging or the plantation of monocultures

What volunteers do:

Work in the endemic tree nursery, after training, monitoring, participate in our recycling program.

Volunteers will live in Barra de Pacuare, around the house are the Tortuguero canals, the wildlife and the Caribbean Sea, and they will be working in Pacuare,  the members of the staff will be in charge, the volunteers will collaborate in all the tasks designed for them.

We expect volunteers, motivation, attitude, love for wildlife and the protection of animals.

What can volunteers expect from us?

A kind treatment, staff committed to protection and a pleasant environment to work, in addition to the best Costa Rican style of Pura Vida! 

Typical day

The schedule will have variations 3 days per wake-up at 4:30 am to do monitoring we start at 5 and end at 6:30 am ( Depending on the information we need, the monitoring can be done 1 to 3 times a week, also schedule can change depending of the animals we are looking for) breakfast at 8:00 am

After 9:00 free time at 2:00 pm we do different tasks such as beach cleaning, Sorting the plastic for recycling, working in the nursery of endemic trees or doing maintenance of the volunteers house 

We do also recreational sports as volleyball, football, or kayaking 

Free-time activities

During your time you can enjoy our beautiful beach, of volcanic sand, play football, volleyball, rent bicycle, or rent kayak to enjoy the canals of Tortuguero National Park 

By bicycle you can enjoy around Pacuare 

In front to the project are located a football place, and a volleyball place, there in the afternoons volunteers can enjoy playing with the locals 

Water Sports


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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
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 and Friday from 05:00 - 11:00

What's Included

Services by Tortugas de Pacuare

Our goal it's to work for environment conservation, that's the reason our fee is one of the cheapest in Costa Rica the use we give to your fee is:

-Tools for scientific research
-food for the volunteers 
-maintenance for the volunteers house 
-salary for the staff 
Accommodation and food & drink are included in the fees.


The use of resources is very important for us for that our house was made it with logs found on the beach, We got wood from found logs and that way we built the house, electricity for the house we get from solar panels, to this way we are looking to be eco-friendly  it's a house with 4 rooms, for 4 people each room,  2 showers, and 2 toilets, our house is located just in front to the beach with nice views and Caribbean Brice 

Food & Beverages

Typical Costa Rican food, such as gallo pinto, casado, picadillo, tortillas, empanadas and many more typical foods

 Breakfast: coffee or tea, gallo pinto (which is the most typical food for breakfast in Costa Rica) empanadas, pancakes, enyucados, tortillas, picadillo, and normally in the mornings we have tropical fruits (breakfast will be one of these options in the day)

 Lunch and dinner: rice and beans are our Costa Rican food, so the options that you will normally take are commonly accompanied by rice and beans such as picadillo, eggs in sauce, soy meat in sauce, chickpea soap, lentil burger , among other accompaniments.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

For your arrival to the project from San Jose you have to take bus at 2:00 pm to Batan, there Adrián will be waiting for you to bring you to the dock, cost for the taxi $18 

Here you will arrive and you will go from the Tortuguero canals to the project, boat driver name is Don Luis Alberto (cost for the boat transportation $35 both trip. 

We also arrange transportation form the airport to the dock, cost: $120 one way $210 round trip (boat transportation is not included) 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 46 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
46 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$230 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Tortugas de Pacuare will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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