The Casa de Coco is sea turtle conservation and sustainability project. All opportunities are related to conservation and community sustainability.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers may be able to take part in the following activities:
- Attend a training presentation that qualifies them to work directly with marine turtles.
- Participate in nightly beach patrols for the protection of marine turtles.
- Assist in the maintenance around the nesting zones.
- Identify and account for turtle tracks on the beaches
- Search for turtle nests.
- Count numbers of eggs found in each nest and relocate the eggs to a secure egg hatchery.
- Monitor the relocated turtle nests: monitor nest temperatures.
- Work in the organic gardens and in trail building activities.
- Participate in local cultural activities.
- Assist in a variety of project and community maintenance activities.
Seek viable economic alternatives for the peoples of Barra de Pacuare in order to lessen the pressure on marine populations
Generate new livelihood support activities for the peoples of Barra de Pacuare.
Integrate the areas species of flora and fauna for both commercial and scientific value, which can aid in the community's economic development.
Create alternative food resources for local consumption.
Replace the stereotype of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast from that of turtle exploitation to that of guardianship of turtles.
Within the spectrum of "related projects" are future plans for fish and shrimp farming, butterfly gardens, composting projects including worm cultivation, animal husbandry via raising both chickens and hogs, organic and natural gardening.. Additionally we have plans for a natural hummingbird garden and the Cayman conservation project.
All "rustico" tours are included like;
Rain forest tour: Spend the day hiking through untouched rain forest!
Flora: The area is home to 400 species of trees and 2000 species of plants, among which are the beach grape, “caco”, coconut palms, water lily, water ferns, “pilon”, “canfin”, and “jicaro de Montana”.
Fauna: You may encounter monkeys, sloths, tapirs, river otters, ocelots, manatees, jaguars, and of course turtles! Among those found nesting here on the island are the Leatherback, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, and Green turtles, (nesting season March-October).
Banana Plantation Tour: Actually see where your bananas come from! Walk through the banana plantation alongside of the workers cutting and transporting the bananas, and watch the cleaning and packing processes too. The tour is complete with a lunch at a local “soda” where all the local plantation workers eat.
Fishing Tours. Lean how the locals fish-- from catching shrimp for bait, to baiting traps for water crabs! Extra bonus--what you catch, we will bring it back to the camp, and we will cook up the catch of the day over an open fire—island style!
We will meet you at the airport--just look for us holding a sign with your name!
We will spend the first night in San Jose at a hostel in the center of San Jose. In the morning we will all walk or take a taxi to the bus station (20 minutes). We will take the 8 am bus to Bataan. This bus is very scenic and will go through the mountains and the cloud forest! Once in Bataan we will take a local bus thought the banana farming lands to arrive at the boat dock. The boat will take us to the island!
We are a home-stay project so you will be staying in the homes of the locals that live on the island. This is important because all the money goes to the locals who need it the most. This income will provide the locals with alternative income so they will not need to poach the turtle for food or money.
All meals are included!
Expect very local cuisine such as rice, beans, and vegetables. Other options are soups, empanadas, and pastas. Drinks include coffee and fruit juices.
You will learn how to cook the local cuisines including seafood soup with coconut and cahetas (coconut sweets).
We can accommodate special dietary needs such as gluten free and vegetarian.
We grow many of our own herbs and vegetables so you can help be part of the islands sustainability initiatives!