Sea Turtle Conservation Assistant

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.


Specific Objectives:

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.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
varios at High school level
Other Skills
Ability to participate in rewarding work!

All skills are welcome such as;
gardening, farming, environmental, sustainability, repair/construction, business, marketing, and communication etc.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 04:00

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Sea Turtle Conservation Assistant This is why we need you! we respect and care for ALL animals! located where  the jungle meets the beach this could be your view! This could be your lunch! Trips to the Rain Forrest included! ever drink right from a coconut? Sea Turtle Conservation Assistant cooking "cacoa" chocolate over an open fire located where  the jungle meets the beach join us on a tour of the Rain Forrest! do you like to catch or eat fish? larn how to make the local cuisine like tamales! Why we are here located where  the jungle meets the beach our volunteers are our most valued asset!

Free-time activities

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!

Water Sports


What's included?
Airport pickup, accommodation and food & drink is included in the fees
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

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.

Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Double) Camping
Food & Beverages

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!

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
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24 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Puerto Limon/Costa Rica between 1 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Casa de Coco 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 Casa de Coco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Barra de Pacuare, Puerto Limon, Costa Rica