Help to collect and record data for research and conservation of marine turtles in an extraordinary nature surrounding.
About the Program
On breathtaking beaches you and other volunteers protect the marine turtles that are in danger of extinction.
Volunteers play a crucial role in conservation efforts!
Illegal egg poaching and hunting for sea turtles, pollution and beach erosion are threatening the survival of the already critically endangered animals. This has caused an alarming decline in turtles being born on this beach.
This program aims to sensitize local communities about the importance of protecting and preserving sea turtles by trying to create direct incomes from contracted work at the conservation program and the development of community-based ecotourism initiatives. In this way, it aims to achieve a reduction of the consumptive use of the sea turtles in the region through the preservation of this natural resource.
During this time the volunteers will live a period of time with host families from the village. If the volunteers would like to they can also move to the camps where they will live 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.
It is a very long journey from the airport to this program in the south pacific, but you will be enjoying one of the most spectacular spots in Costa Rica – the Pensinsula de Osa. It is a very humid area but absolutely stunning in terms of wildlife and vegetation. The main camp is in Rio Oro where you will start. During your stay you can decide wether you also want to stay for a time in the other camp at Drake's Bay.
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 take part in various conservation activities as a member of a team of investigators in the program, between 4 and 6 hours a day.
This program is available from July until December. It starts every Monday. Please arrive at least one day before the programs starts.
Peninsula de Osa is one of the most amazing National Parks in Costa Rica and it is very, very remote.
All volunteers will stay with a guest family for at least 7 nights and are encouraged to remain in homestay throughout the duration of their stay. There is also a shared dormitory in the main camp with limited space and you can apply to stay there for a time. This will be decided when you are there. Whether homestay or main camp – the cost is included in the fee. Both options include three meals per day plus snacks for night patrols.
Your food - breakfast, lunch, dinner - will be prepared by your guest family or 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.