Patrol beaches, research turtles, excavate nests and collect eggs ready for incubation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Full board is provided, 3 meals per day. Volunteers usually cook their meals together, the ingredients are provided by the project.