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
Working with the turtles means that you will be doing walks by night at the beach. Together with local guides and a group of people you will patrol the beach to collect turtle eggs and relocate them to a turtle hatchery where they will be safe from poachers. Furthermore, you will be working at the hatchery, taking care of the turtle eggs and the freshly hatched turtles and making sure that they are well prepared for their dangerous journey back into the sea. Our main concern goes towards the endangered species of the leatherback and the green sea turtle.

The Leatherback Turtle - Leatherbacks are the largest turtles on Earth, growing up to seven feet (two meters) long and exceeding 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms). These reptilian relics are the only remaining representatives of a family of turtles that traces its evolutionary roots back more than 100 million years. Once prevalent in every ocean except the Arctic and Antarctic, the leatherback population is rapidly declining in many parts of the world. Thisis partly becaus of their shell. While all other sea turtles have hard, bony shells, the inky-blue carapace of the leatherback is somewhat flexible and almost rubbery to the touch. This makes it more vulnerable to predators and poachers. Furthermore, their eggs are often taken by humans from nests to be consumed for subsistence or as aphrodisiacs. 

The Green Sea Turtle - The green turtle is a large, weighty sea turtle with a wide, smooth carapace, or shell. It is named not for the color of its shell, which is normally brown or olive depending on its habitat, but for the greenish color of its skin. Weighing up to 700 pounds (317.5 kilograms) green turtles are among the largest sea turtles in the world. While most sea turtles warm themselves by swimming close to the surface of shallow waters, the Eastern Pacific green turtle will take to land to bask in the sun. This habit makes them extremley vulnerable to predators and poachers that want them for their meat and eggs

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.

Location

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

Couples
Singles
Wheel Chairs
Families
Groups

Typical day

Your schedule as a volunteer can vary each day, but mostly it will look like this one:

Meals
  • 8:30 am: breakfast 
  • 12:30 am: lunch 

Communal work
  • 9:30 am: communal work
  • 2:30 pm: communal work 
The total communal work during the day is approx. 2 hours 

Turtle hatchery
These are the different shifts that have to be covered at the turtle hatchery. Of course, you won't have to do all of these at one day.
  • 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 
The most important time to patrol the beaches is at night. This is when the turtles usually come ashore to lay their eggs and thus, the most dangerous time for them. 
  • 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.
An amazing waterfall lies within 1 hour walking distance 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, snorkeling, fishing or recreational fishing.
The beach is just in front of our house, so sunbathe, enjoy the beach and live in a tropical and nice place.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Services

What's included?
Program fees include: accommodation and 3 meals at day.
Also included is a waterfall tour, a turtle work orientation as well as one surfing lesson for an hour.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Accommodation

There are shared rooms with eight people, three people or four people. 

You can also 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
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$480
3 weeks
$695
4 weeks
$910
5 weeks
$1125
10 weeks
$2200
18 weeks
$3920
30 weeks (max. stay)
$6500

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
$228/week
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