Sea turtle conservation ambassador

Are you looking for the best place to volunteer, save turtles and make a difference? Come to Quepos Pacific of Costa Rica, enjoy it while doing your best job.

Working with Turtles

Walks by night to patrol with local guides to collect turtle eggs and relocate them to a turtle hatchery where they will be safe from poachers. In the morning we will be looking how many tracks are in the sand to know exactly how many turtles we had during the night.

Other work

Volunteers will work also in the maintenance of the camp, beach cleaning and in our recycling program. 
Our program it's a communal initiative and we work closely with the people from Mata Palo. You will learn lots about our culture because we promote contact with locals. In return they will be offering the opportunity to do fishing tours and many different sports activities like surfing.

We also spend our time to do community service work and help to maintain community facilities, local schools, sports fields, and execute beach cleanups in conjunction with the Blue Flag committee. In addition we help the local population with construction of gardens.


Located in the Pacific of Costa Rica, Mata Palo is one of the most beautiful places, 30 km north you'll find Manuel Antonio National Park. South of the camp you'll find Dominical Beach waterfall, wildlife, surfing spots and the most important, turtles to save. Mata Palo offers many things in one project. 

Suitable for

Wheel Chairs

Typical day

Your schedule
Volunteers will have different tasks each day, working with turtles is the best experience ever. 

* 8:30 am: breakfast 
* 12:30 am: lunch 

Communal work
* 9:30 am: communal work
* 2:30 pm: communal work 

Total communal work during the day is approx. 2 hours 
Turtle hatchery
* 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
* 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
* 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
* 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
* 10:00 pm to 4:00 am
* 4:00 am to 8:00 am

Beach patrolling 
* 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
* 12:00 am to 4:00 am

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 20:00 - 00:00

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Free-time activities

Here you'll have many different activities to do.
A surfing school is near to the project (100 meters), our beach offers the best chance to go surfing, the waves are awesome.
Waterfall 1 hour walking by the mountains.
Manuel Antonio National Park is 45 minutes north by bus.
Dominical beach is 30 minutes south by bus.
Here you can also do sports fishing or recreational fishing.
Snorkeling in Manuel Antonio.
The beach is just in front of our house, so sunbathe, enjoy the beach and live in a tropical and nice place.

Water Sports


What's included?
Program fees include: accommodation and 3 meals at day - Waterfall tour - Turtle work orientation - one surfing lesson for 1 hour
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Shared rooms with 8 people, 3 people and 4 people. Or you can ask for our single rooms with air condition for a higher price.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

We provide 3 meals a day: Rice and beans, spaghetti, pizza, empanada, picadillo, and many more typical local foods.
Drinks will be always tropical flavors.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
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3 weeks
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18 weeks
30 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Quepos/Costa Rica between 2 weeks and 30 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Tortugas de Pacuare will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
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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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San Ramón 50 oeste de la plaza de deportes , 30505 Quepos, Costa Rica