Playa Tortuga Conservation Volunteer Project, Costa Rica



Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Ojochal de Osa

Costa Rica


Join this project as a conservation volunteer in Costa Rica and live in a tropical rainforest reserve on the Pacific coast, and take part in sea turtle volunteer research and monitoring, crocodile monitoring and research, mammal monitoring and river otter research, environmental education, butterfly garden projects and more.

You can join for 1 week up to 12 weeks all year round.

Individuals, groups, students doing research and families all welcome.

Conservation volunteers work within a non-profit biological research and education centre, and all food, lodging, training and research will be provided within the reserve. Projects run all year round, except for the sea turtle programme, which runs from July to January only. Conservation volunteers will be able to take part in the projects below:

  • Sea Turtle Conservation Programme
  • Mammal Inventory Monitoring project
  • Crocodilian monitoring - Balso and Tortuga River night kayaking monitoring
  • Environmental Education & Butterfly Garden Project

For more details regarding pricing, scheduling and arrangements, please visit the main project page -

Fee Required


  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available


  • Groups
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

If you are interested in joining this project, you will need to fill out the online application form – to secure a placement on the project, please complete and submit the form with your deposit of £195. If for some reason, your application is declined, we will reimburse this deposit fully. However for those who are accepted, you will be required to pay the final balance 1 month before arrival. Once we have confirmed your place, you will receive an information package on the programme background and scientific objectives, your role as a volunteer, the work you will do, suggested items to bring, how to travel there etc. Upon arrival at the project, all volunteers are asked to sign a waiver/release of liability form.