Patrol along a wonderful beach and help to guard the nests of endangered marine turtles.
About the Program
On breathtaking beaches you and other volunteers protect turtles that are in danger of extinction.
Volunteers play a crucial role in conservation efforts!
This program is located in the central Pacific coast, south of Quepos and north of Dominical, and it is right in the tiny village of Mata Palo. The beach – dark sand – is about 10 km long and 6 kilometers are patrolled by the volunteers of this camp to find mainly with Olive Ridley turtles and sometimes Green Sea turtles and some Hawksbill turtles. Compared to other turtle programs you will have some infrastructure here – a little supermarket, a little restaurant and there is a school that we plan to cooperate with. The coastline in this area is stunning and also very suitable for surfing. There is a surfschool right beneath the program.
You should be prepared for very simple living conditions and for sometimes physically demanding work at unusual hours as most of the turtle nesting occurs at night. If you love outdoor life ... you will see that every single turtle is worth it!
Our Volunteers should have a love for nature and fun with outdoor-living. They should be prepared for sometimes physically demanding work and work at unusual hours as most of the turtle nesting occurs at night. The volunteers should bring a sleeping bag, repellent, mosquito net, flashlight, batteries, rain protection (May - November), sun protection and a hat or cap.
You will be working between 4-6 hours every day:
Typical tasks can include:
This program is available from July until December. It starts every Monday. Please arrive at least one day before the programs starts.
Your camp is not far away from Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. For longer trips you should save your free days and make a journey at the end of your project time. There are amazing volcanos to visit, more National Parks like Monteverde, Rincón de la Vieja, and others. You can go for adventure tours - canopy or kayaking or rafting or tree climbing ... so much to do and see in Costa Rica! :-)
You will be living with other volunteers in a simple dorm-room while the volunteer house is in construction.
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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