Pacific Sea Turtle Volunteer Project, Costa Rica
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by WorkingAbroad Projects
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Volunteer with sea turtles in Costa Rica as one of our marine conservation volunteers, and join this Olive Ridley and Green sea turtle programme in the spectacular Osa Peninsula on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
As a marine conservation volunteer, you will take part in night surveys, monitoring nesting sea turtles, relocating eggs to the hatchery, releasing baby turtles into the ocean, and helping with local environmental education and ecotourism projects. You will also meet lots of new people, have time to explore the pristine wilderness of the Osa Peninsula, and have the opportunity to immerse yourself in genuine Costa Rican culture.
You can join for 1 week up to 12 weeks from July to December every year.
Individuals, groups and students doing research are all welcome.
As a volunteer, you will be working under the direct supervision of a Scientific Supervisor throughout your time at the programme. Activities include:
- Performing night surveys on the beach to find nesting turtles and help protect them from illegal extraction and predators (4-6h per day).
- Relocating eggs, building new nests.
- Monitoring nests and baby turtles.
- Tagging female turtles.
- Collecting biometric data on the beach.
- Releasing baby turtles into the ocean.
- Nest excavation (exhumations)
- Maintenance of beach and camp.
- Helping with local environmental education and ecotourism projects.
For more details regarding pricing, scheduling and arrangements, please visit the main project page - http://www.workingabroad.com/projects/costa-rica-sea-turtle-volunteer
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
If you are interested in joining this project to volunteer in Costa Rica, you will need to fill out the online application form (you can also print it out and send it to us by post) – to secure a placement on the project, please complete and submit the form including two references and your deposit of £195. If for some reason, your application is declined, we would reimburse this deposit fully. However for those who are accepted, 25% of the full amount needs to be paid 14 days after you have been confirmed on the project, with the remainder (75%) to be paid two months before the start date. Once your place is confirmed, you will receive a pre-departure package with all detailed information on your project, the region, suggested items to bring etc.