While turtles are seen as stunning creatures around the world, the sad reality is many of them are critically endangered. Costa Rica is home to a range of turtle species, including the endangered Leatherback, Green, Olive Ridley and Hawksbill. While they produce thousands of hatchlings, only a few survive to reach adulthood.
By volunteering with turtles, protecting these spectacular species will be at the heart of all your work. You’ll be based on either the Nicoya Peninsula or the Caribbean Coast. Your role on the project will vary according to the time of year, but you’ll work a variety of day and night shifts, helping with beach patrols, building hatcheries to protect eggs from predators, beach cleaning, counting and tagging sea turtles, locating nesting females, collecting eggs and replanting mangroves. Nesting does not occur year-round.
This project is well suited to hard-working individuals who love nature, the marine environment and being part of rewarding volunteer work within a coastal setting.
As a Costa Rica sea turtle volunteer, you’ll be living in basic conditions that are equipped with all the essentials but are often rurally based with few shops and restaurants. Volunteers often take the opportunity to enjoy outdoor games, play cards, practice yoga or find a quiet spot to read a book. It is also important to note you’ll be volunteering for six days a week.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, unless volunteering with a friend or family member who is 18 or older.
Please note that this project has a minimum duration of 2 weeks and has an extra cost of US$75 (approximately £65) per week for the supervision, materials and logistics involved. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.Apply now