Costa Rica Sea Turtles Conservation Volunteering Caribbean Coast
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by A Broader View Volunteers Corp
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
This park is the most important area in the entire west half of the Caribbean for the nesting of the green turtle. Volunteers participate on the sea turtle preservation including monitoring and registering nesting patterns, record keeping of eggs, moving eggs to the hatchery, beach patrols, freeing of the newborns to the ocean. Experience not required, but anticipate strange work hours (middle of the night!) and lots of time spent on the beach.
Our projects are open to students studying; or those with a keen interest, biology, marine life, animal welfare and conservation efforts around the World. Volunteering in the National Parks of Costa Rica help to solve some of the issues related to the lack of personnel and budget cutbacks that the Costa Rican's government has to face every year. We know that volunteers play a vital role in the conservation efforts: without outside assistance, these projects would be lost. Come join us and make a difference!
Most national parks offer on-site shared volunteer accommodations. These living conditions are basic, but clean and comfortable. Running water is available and communal washrooms. Meals are provided 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including beans, rice, grains, meat and vegetable. This is a rustic, adventure location and require people about o adapt to the basic conditions. A two week minimum program is requiered to a maximum of 6 weeks. Volunteers need to bring their own bedsheets/pillows
School group projects can be arranged and customized including group tour leader, airport transfers, project placement, meals/accommodations and sightseeing trips. Please inquire about our Spring break and summer vacation programs. Discounts apply for groups of 5 or more traveling together. We can accommodate any project length.
Airport pick up in San Jose. First night hostal in San Jose. Bus tickets to Limon. Pick up at bus station. Orientation and support from onsite coordinators. Shared dormitory accommodations at the project site. Includes three meals a day. Bus tickets back to San Jose.
Last night at hostal and airport departure transfer. The project coordinator is available 24/7 in case of emergency, health-related or otherwise.
* Volunteers must arrive to San Jose in the morning or Noon flights, night flights will delay the start of your program by one day.
Ideally situated between the Caribbean Ocean to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Costa Rica boosts various geography and climate zones from the pleasant interior to the tropical coast lines. Our volunteer placements allow you to work in the National Parks dotting the coast of the Caribbean region and also on the Pacific Coast. As a volunteer you can get involved with organic farming, soil regeneration, rain forest conservation, endangered species, sea turtle conservation projects and more.
North and South Caribbean – Limon Region This province boasts the highest percentage of national parks and reserves than any other region in Costa Rica. Limon is about 3 hours drive from San Jose, on the shores of the Caribbean. Limon is the capital of the Afro-Caribbean culture and boasts a Caribbean flavor.
- Program Length: From 2 to 6 weeks
- Program Date: Flexible Start & End Date
- Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hour per day
- Accommodations: Local home stay or hostal
- Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day
- Requirements: 18 years +, Basic Spanish knowledge, an able body, can-do attitude, self-starter and adventurous nature.
- * Volunteers must arrive to San Jose in the morning or Noon flights, night flights will delay the start of your program by one day.
- Housing Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
- Prompt customer service answering your call and emails.
- Pre-departure Orientation Guide. Includes detailed travel, safety & cultural information and many tips that will make your trip planning easier.
- Detailed Fundraising Guide that will help you raise the funds needed to travel, as well as provide donations to the project.
- Accommodations: Home stay, shared volunteer residence, guesthouses. Safe, clean, comfortable local housing, inspected by our local coordinators.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Special meals at request.
- Airport meet and greet by our ABV project coordinator (At any time, any day!)
- First night hotel accommodation *some programs
- Guidance and support of a local project coordinator, 24/7 in case of emergency
- Orientation/city briefing on arrival by our Ω∫ABV project coordinator.
- Placement in a quality project, allowing you to maximize your time and efforts in a good cause.
- Transportation to project site only the first day with our ABV project coordinator. Includes introduction to local staff and community members with whom you will be working with.
- Volunteer Program: Half day (4 hours only) Spanish refresher Lesson. Part of volunteer orientation on arrival. (*Some countries)
- Departure transfer by our ABV project coordinator.
- A Feedback page on our ABV website with pictures of your trip.
- The Presidents Volunteer Service Award lapel pin (Bronze, Silver or Gold)
- Personalized Presidents Volunteer Service Award certificate of achievement.
- Letter of completion from A Broader View Volunteers Corp·· ··By request, A Letter of Recommendation provided by the local organization detailing the activities developed by the volunteer during his or her stay.
Fro more Questions and answers visit: https://www.abroaderview.org/faq
During the Program
You should be:
- PROACTIVE - Jump in and maintain a positive attitude.
- PATIENT - Life in your host country moves slower than one might be used to. Relax and enjoy the slow pace. Remember, not everything is as organized and predictable as life in the US or UK.
- FLEXIBLE - Plans change, roads get flooded, and electricity goes out. Realize that not everything goes as planned, but good intention is always there.
- CONSIDERATE – Respect those around you and be a reliable worker at the program site. Tell your host familyif you will be late. Advise the Project Coordinator if you are sick and can not work.
- RESPECTFUL - Remember that the local people you are working with, side by side, do so with little or no salary. They do this work because they believe in it. There are times when you may not agree with or understand the organizations decisions or direction. Although your suggestions are always welcome, your faith, respect and consideration for their long term work and commitment is appreciated.
- FRIENDLY - In order to truly help someone you must get to know them. Do not be afraid to make friends with the local people. Smile, wave and see how fast you are welcomed into the community.
- TOLERANT - The food, the culture, the smells and the sounds will be unfamiliar to you at first. We recommend that you dive in and experience life head-on. You will be surprised at how quickly you will adapt.
Please email your inquiries to us at: volunteers[at]abroaderview.org
A Broader View Volunteers Corp
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