Help to protect sea turtles! Patrol along the beaches, guard the nests and monitor behavior to collect and record data for research and conservation.
As a sea turtle protection activist you support a sea turtle project situated on the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The project area is located in the province of Guanacaste and on the beaches of Zapotillal and Nombre de Jesús. It consists of 5 km of beach and aprox. 3 hectares of tropical forest.
You have the posibility to study three different sea turtle species: the Black Turtle (June - March), the Leatherback Turtle (October - March) and the Olive Pacific Ridley (all year round). All species are endangered in today´s marin world. Therefore it is very important to protect their natural habitat and to gain additional knowledge about their behaviours and needs.
Your work tasks
Volunteers support the local staff in seeking for nesting sea turtles. It is part of your tasks to watch the nests and in monitor the sea turtles, so that the little turtels can hatch out after approx. 45 to 60 days. Another important part of your work is the data collection about the turtles to accumulate as much information as possible about the turtles, the hatchlings, and the sensitive environment that surrounds them. The data make it posible to understand complex conections between animals and their surrounding, which is essential for the protection of these species.
You will have the unique opportunity to approach the amazing turtles and admire their beauty. Together with the local team the volunteers patrol the beaches at night (always in groups) to find nesting sea turtles (they only nest after sunset). They measure and examine each sea turtle to record the data. The volunteers also guard and supervise the nests during day and night until the little turtles’ hatch and find their way into the ocean, to protect the eggs and the hatchlings from wild animals and poachers.
In your free time you can go hiking and swimming. Diving and snorkeling are also an option.
The transport service will pick you up at the San Jose airport and bring you to an accommodation where you will stay overnights.
On the next day the transport service picks you up at the accommodation to bring you to the bus station for your journey to the project site (aprox. 6 hours).
All volunteers are accommodated in two wooden volunteer houses, one for female and the other for male volunteers. Each house is for up to 8 people. The staff of the project works and lives in an additional house. All houses are close to the wonderful beach. The houses are simple but fully-equipped with functionally furniture. Drinking water and electricity are available 24 hours a day. Volunteers are asked to make use of this resources consciously.
The project will provide you full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)