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Sea Turtle Protection Activist

Help to protect sea turtles! Patrol along the beaches, guard the nests and monitor behavior to collect and record data for research and conservation.

The project

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.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

In your free time you can go hiking and swimming. Diving and snorkeling are also an option.


Included Services

What's included?
Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Orientation session on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accommodation (dormitory) | Full-board (3 meals/day) | Airport Pick-up and Overnight-stay in San José | Transfer in San José AccommodaApplication fee | Application fee | Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaría International

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.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

The project will provide you full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Matapalo/Costa Rica between 2 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Costa Rica

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Costa Rica. Please check the visa regulations for Costa Rica.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Costa Rica and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Costa Rica.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Juan Santamaría International (SJO) in San José. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.
What can you do in leisure-time in Costa Rica while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Matapalo, Costa Rica

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