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Support Sea Turtle Conservation

San José, Costa Rica show on map

Agency | GoEco

Help sea turtles in their fight against human poachers and erosion of their nesting sites through research and conservation work on the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the world's most popular eco-tourism destinations, primarily because of its incredible biodiversity (it's estimated that Costa Rica may contain as much as 6% of the worlds plant and animal species!). Costa Rica aptly translates to rich coast in Spanish for its diverse landscapes, which include rain forests, tropical and temperate forests, volcanos, beaches, high mountains, and marshy lowlands.

About the Project
Turtles in Costa Rica face numerous threats, including poachers and, more recently, erosion. Each season, this project recruits volunteers to help with research and conservation work, such as night patrolling, working in the hatcheries, collecting eggs, and rescuing turtles.

The main goal of this project is to ensure the protection of various turtle species on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Costa Rica. These turtles face numerous threats, including poachers and, more recently, erosion. Each season, this project recruits volunteers to help with research and conservation work, such as night patrolling, working in the hatcheries, collecting eggs, and rescuing turtles.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Volunteers are placed at specific project locations either on the Pacific or Caribbean coast according to demand and time of year. Placements will be assigned during the orientation meeting in Costa Rica.

Orientation and Spanish Courses
The first week of this minimum three-week program consists of Spanish lessons (5 hours/ day, Monday - Thursday schedule total) and cultural enrichment activities to facilitate communication at your project and help you acclimate to Costa Rica. During the Spanish course, you will learn vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and conversational skills.  Participation in the orientation week is mandatory.  

On the first day of your Spanish course, you will take an oral exam to determine your current language level. After you register and submit your application, you will also submit a written exam. Both the oral and written exam will be taken into consideration to determine which class you will placed in upon arrival.  During your orientation week, you will also be assigned your project location.

Typical day

After breakfast around 7:00 am, you'll assist with a variety of chores in the hatchery or on the beach from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. 


After a break for lunch, your afternoon chores starts at 2:00 pm; depending on project needs and weather conditions, you will be assigned to carry out work. Your tasks will vary according to the season and the needs of the project. The majority of your tasks include:
  • Monitoring sea turtle nesting activity (night patrols and morning surveys)
  • Installing signs at the beaches regarding location and adaptation of the hatchery
  • Building hatcheries
  • Patrolling the beach to look for sea turtles and their nests either during the day or the night (done in 4 hour shifts)
  • Collecting eggs found on the beach and taking them directly to the hatchery (vivero) for their protection
  • Collecting information in the hatchery
  • Releasing “neonatos” (baby sea turtles) from the hatchery into the ocean
  • Maintaining the facilities of the project
  • Keeping the beach clean and free of debris
  • Participating any specific environmental projects developed by the community
  • Assisting in community-oriented activities to improve local facilities
Dinner is served at 6:00 pm. If you're assigned a night patrol, you'll help search for turtles and their nests and gather eggs to deposit in the hatchery from 8:00 PM until 500 AM. You'll have one day off a week to spend as you wish. 

Free-time activities

Volunteers can take a boat to Tortuguero in their spare time, taking the opportunity to kayak on the canals or simply relax in a hammock. 

Costa Rica itself offers a great travel experience and is a gateway to Latin America. Though there is not enough spare time during the project to take any long trips, volunteers can continue their adventure after the program. 

Buses and regional flights are generally affordable, and make it easy to discover new adventures and cultures that thrive in Central America.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking

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 English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Basic Spanish knowledge. If not, you should be prepared to enroll in additional weeks of Spanish lessons
Physically fit: the 3-4 hour night patrols and daytime monitoring require hard physical work
Good eyesight for night patrols conducted with special artificial lighting
Physically able to walk 5-15 km per night (even when raining)
Adaptable to high temperatures and humidity
Able to cope with remote locations and rustic living conditions ( volunteer dorms with bunk beds, share shower & toi
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples

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Services by GoEco

Accommodation, food, Spanish courses and cultural enrichment for the first week in San Jose, airport transportation, comprehensive travel health insurance, local in-country team and 24hr emergency support

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Airport transportation is provided on arrival and departure days.

Accommodation

During your orientation, you will stay with a host family in San José who will provide you with a comfortable room in their home.

Your accommodations throughout your volunteer placement will vary depending on your location, and may include cabins, tents, and volunteer houses. Facilities are rustic, basic, yet comfortable, with shared rooms, showers and bathrooms.

Guest Family Guesthouse Camping
Food & Beverages

During your orientation week, you will be provided with breakfast and dinner. Throughout your volunteer placement, you will be provided with three meals a day, which consists of typical Costa Rican dishes, including rice, beans, pasta, red meat, vegetables and fruit.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. 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.
Vaccines
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
3 weeks (min. stay)
$1,430.00
4 weeks
$1,730.00
5 weeks
$2,020.00
6 weeks
$2,320.00
7 weeks
$2,620.00
8 weeks
$2,900.00
10 weeks
$3,490.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,080.00
Average fees
$408.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in San José/Costa Rica between 3 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.
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 GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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