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!
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!
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.
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.