Help protecting marine turtles from poachers and animal predators in a magnificent bay.
About the Program
On this breathtaking bay you protect the marine turtles that are in danger of extinction. Volunteers play a crucial role in conservation efforts!
Here in Buena Vista you will mainly work with Olive Ridley turtles - in Spanish these turtles are called 'loras' as they have a mouth similar to a macaw.
During this time you will live directly in the camps under very basic conditions, sometimes without water and electricity. Your food - breakfast, lunch, dinner - will be prepared in the camp and consists of the typical costarican cuisine: rice, beans, vegetables, meat and fruit. The camp is only accessible by crossing a river, so you will not be able to leave the camp or the beach during working days. You have one day off and then you may leave the camp and the little town 'Sámara' is a 30 min walk away. In your free time during the day you can relax or read or swim or learn to surf.
The main project is the camp in Playa Buena Vista, 3,5 km north of Sámara, pacific coast, Guanacaste.
You should bring love for nature and fun of outdoor-living and also be prepared for sometimes physically demanding work and work at unusual hours as most of the turtle nesting occurs at night.
You also should be prepared for very simple living conditions as the camp doesn't have electricity. There are solar chargers for cameras or cellphones. You are living very close to the beaches where turtles do their nesting, so there will be no infrastructure around and there will be sand 'everywhere' ... ;-) When you will free little turtle babies for the first time then you will be rewarded for hard work and low comfort conditions!
This program is available all year - but best from June until January when the turtles nest and babies hatch. The rest of the year there is maintenance work on the camp and the beach. It starts every Monday. Please arrive at least one day before the programs starts.
During the project time you will mainly relax. If you plan to go for excursions you should plan some time after your project.
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You will be living directly in the camp in a wooden house, that is build very open to ventilation reasons, in a dorm-room in simple stock beds. You should bring ear plugs and a mosquito net.
Your food - breakfast, lunch, dinner - will be prepared in the camp and consists of the typical costarican cuisine: rice, beans, vegetables, meat and fruit.
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Patrol along a wonderful beach and help to guard the nests of endangered marine turtles.