Sea Turtle Rehabilitation

Volunteers assist with in-water research that is conducted by the research team to assess the threats that sea turtles are exposed to in the area.

Help sea turtles in the beautiful waters off the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Our partner organization helps sea turtles through conservation, research, sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation. This organization is composed of an expert network of biologists, managers, community leaders and educators who are committed to the recovery and sustainable management of sea turtle populations that are dangerously low in number. Their project in the Osa Peninsula offers volunteers a unique opportunity to help with a scientific study involving Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. Turtles are carefully captured and tagged, and samples collected before the turtles are released once again into the ocean. Their facility also houses a Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre where sick and injured turtles are cared for and eventually returned to the wild. When not participating in the turtle research and rehabilitation aspects of the project, volunteers help restore lost habitat through a mangrove restoration program. Osa Peninsula hosts a large variety of tropical ecosystems, providing habitats to animals like scarlet macaws, monkeys, sloths, wild cats and other wildlife. The beaches, mangroves and estuaries are home to sea turtles, dolphins, and at certain times even whales and whale sharks!

Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Volunteers tag a sea turtle before release. Mangrove planting in Costa Rica! Your backyard! A waterfall adventure during a day off. A turtle is pulled from the ocean for tagging. A volunteer gets ready to release a turtle.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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 English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Required Documents
online application and interview
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 Animal Experience International (AEI) are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

From splashing in the ocean to trekking in the jungle, this ocean side paradise is great for anyone looking to eco tour Costa Rica! Snorkel gear, bikes and local guides are all waiting for you and your days off!

Water Sports


What's included?
Airport pick up and drop off accommodation, meals, on-site training, donation to Placement Partner, AEI Travel Manual, Partner Organization’s volunteer handbook, Placement Partner t-shirt, $10 Credit in our Zazzle store , Emergency support while at Placement, Carbon credits to offset 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, Premium Individual Travel Insurance (up to $500, 000 USD in emergency medical coverage), Travel discounts, 24/7 Travel and emergency assistance.
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.
Airport Pickup

We will pick you up from the local airport and drive you to your home stay. Flights can arrive at any time, we will be there with a sign that has your name on it! The airport is located 45 minutes from the program site.


We have volunteers stay on site in a dorm that is maintained by a local family. The families are all justly compensated for their time, energy, food and hospitality.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks always available. Coffee, water and fresh fruit juices are always available and some snacks! Vegan and vegetarian options are always available.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Puerto Jiménez/Costa Rica between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Animal Experience International (AEI) will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 Animal Experience International (AEI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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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 Puerto Jimenez (PJM) in Puerto Jimenez. 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.
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Puerto Jiménez, Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica

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