As a volunteer on our project you will actively contribute to the rescue and conservation of the endangered See Turtle in the Peninsula de Osa region.
While the diversity of species in Costa Rica is astonishing, hosting 5% of the world's total biodiversity, current human-made threats such as poaching of endangered species, pollution and global warming remain. Out of the four Sea Turtle species living around Drake Bay, one is critically endangered and three are classified as vulnerable. Against this background, our partner organisation established a frontline conservation project for the protection, rescue and conservation of these fascinating animals and their habitat. Our Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is located on the southern tip of Costa Rica, the Peninsula de Osa and Drake Bay, one of the few tropical fjords in the world. Besides the rescue and treatment of injured or ill animals, the aim is to conserve their habitat. Apart from our volunteers' work, it is crucial to involve the locals in the process sustaining their livelihood through participation as host families or educating school children about environmental conservation.
At least two days a week, you will be working on the boat and the water helping to catch and examine the sea turtles. The Peninsula de Osa currently (and hopefully in the future) hosts four of worldwide seven sea turtle species that are left - Hawksbill Sea Turtle, Green Sea Turtle, Olive Ridley Sea Turtle and Leatherback Sea Turtle. Out of those, the Hawksbill species is the most endangered one. Your tasks:
Rescue & Rehabilitation
If necessary, for example when turtles are found injured our sick, they are brought back to the station and stay in large water tanks for a couple of days to take further blood and tissue samples. Your tasks:
Mangroves & Sea Grass
A further important working area is the reforestation and monitoring of the mangroves and see grass around Drake Bay. Often mangroves function as breeding grounds for diverse fish and bird species and are essential for the photosynthesis and therefore growth of other flora. See Grass ensures the stability of the lake shores, function as a natural filtering system and serves as feeding grounds. Your tasks include:
Apart from the activities above, you will also be involved in some educational work in primary and secondary schools, to teach the children about environmental conservation and animal protection, which is fundamental for long-term environmental awareness.
On the weekends you will have enough time to explore the beauty of the Pensinsula de Osa as well as the rest of Costa Rica. With its unique beaches and a variety of national parks, there is a vast number of fun activities, such as surfing, trekking, ziplining and horse-riding. Just around the corner there is Corcovado National Park, one of the best parks to go trekking and rated by National Geographic as "the most biologically intense lace on earth". Furthermore, you will go on a fantastic one day horse-riding tour to a hidden jungle waterfall, which you can rappel down. An absolute highlight and included in the price!
Airport pick-up on the day of program start.
The accomodation is right at the station and consists of renovated bungalows and dorm-rooms mostly with a private bathroom.
The three meals per day consist of nutritional, typical costa-rican food.