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Sea Turtle Protection Worker

Patrol beaches, research turtles, excavate nests and collect eggs ready for incubation.

The project

As a volunteer you will support the sea turtle project in the Camaronal National Wildlife Refuge which is situated in the province of Guanacaste in the northwestern corner of Costa Rica and can be described as the most important sea turtle nesting areas. 

There are not only turtles in this wildlife refugee but many different species of plants, mammals, birds, and reptiles which make this one of the most biologically diverse regions on our planet. This diverse range of animals means that there are many volunteers all around the world coming to help. In your job you will be observing the sea turtles laying eggs, watching over turtles nests, excavating nests and collecting eggs for incubation. 

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity witnessing sea turtles weighing up to 1650 pounds and up to 100 inches long dig holes and deposit up to 60 eggs in the sand. 


Your work

While working you will be studying and protecting the rare leatherback sea turtles and other sea turtle species in there natural enviroments. You will patrol in groups usually with local scientists. There are turtles all year round but peaks between July and December. 

On a typical day or night you will patrol the 3km long beaches protecting the sea turtles while also observing them and collecting as much research as possible, you will also be expected to excavate nests and collect eggs to protect them from preditors. 

By doing this you can take great pride knowing you are helping an endangered species repopulate. It is a very rewarding job and a unique work opportunity. 

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 (basic level) and English (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School 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 from 09:00 - 17:00

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

Free-time activities

There are a wide range of activites to choose from in your spare time, such as swimming in the sea and exploring the beaches. A favourite is hiking the local area and taking in the breathtaking views.


Included Services

What's included?
Help from experienced staff members | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Tour around the site on arrival with orientation | 24h-Emergency Number | Accommodation in volunteer dormitory (house) | Over night stay in San Jose (upon arrival) | Transfer in San José Accommodation-Bus Terminal for journey to project site | Full-board (3 meals/day) | Advice on travel and insurance | Certificate of participation | Application fee
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaría International

There is an airport pick up service that will take you to your over night stay, when arriving to San Jose. On the other day you will be taken on a bus to your destination.


You will be staying in a volunteer house which is quite basic but up to local standards with everything you need such as a fully-equipped kitchen, a big common terrace, and bathrooms with showers.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Full board is provided, 3 meals per day. Volunteers usually cook their meals together, the ingredients are provided by the project.

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 Camaronal/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?
Camaronal, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, Camaronal, Costa Rica

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