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Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Pays d’action: Costa Rica, Amérique latine et Caraïbes
Type d’activité: Ecovolontariat
Join an active conservation team monitoring and protecting sea turtle populations. Protect turtle nests against the risks of poaching and release hatchlings into the Pacific Ocean. The data collected is used to gain an understanding of sea turtle reproductive behaviour, and improve conservation strategies. Explore the stunning scenery, mangroves and coastal areas in your free time.



Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

Volunteer role at the project:

The project monitors and protects sea turtle populations by collecting data, placing eggs in safe hatcheries and patrolling the beaches to reduce the likelihood of poaching.

Volunteers will be allocated to one of the two research bases; North Beach or South Beach, depending on the needs of the project at the time. All tasks are managed on a rotational basis. There are two main volunteer roles:

Hatchery duty
This involves monitoring the hatchery site at regular intervals to check for any new arrivals (baby turtles which have hatched)! You will record data on the number of new hatchlings and then release them into the ocean. This is an incredible experience as there are often around 100 hatchlings in a single nest.

Night patrol
Every evening between 7pm and 7am (depending on the tides), the beaches need to be patrolled to reduce the likelihood of poaching; volunteers will assist a research assistant or member of staff with this and walk the length of the beach keeping an eye out for any adult turtles making their way to land in order to nest. If you do encounter a nesting female, you will help to collect data on her and catch her eggs in order to place them in the hatchery to avoid the risk of them being poached or taken by animals.

How the project is making a difference:

For over 15 years, the project has been working closely with the local community to educate them on the importance of protecting sea turtles and conserving these species. During this time they have protected and released hundreds of thousands of hatchlings.

The night patrols have had a remarkably positive impact, seeing a drop of around 80% in the number of nests that have been poached in the area.

Why volunteers are needed:

Volunteers enable the project to carry out additional patrols which reduce the risk of poaching. They also help the project’s scientists and research assistants to collect scientific data about nesting turtles in the area which is used to gain an understanding of sea turtle reproductive behaviour, and improve their conservation strategies in the future. Volunteers also help to monitor and maintain the hatcheries to ensure that incubation conditions are optimal for egg development.

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

We are an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world since 2001. Volunteers are needed from 2 - 12 weeks for animal, conservation, child care, education, teaching, building and community volunteering projects in Asia, Africa and Central & South America.

In this time of uncertainty during the current Coronavirus outbreak, we are monitoring the global situation closely in conjunction with the UK FCO and our local teams on the ground. The health and safety of our volunteers is our primary concern and we will only restart placements when it’s safe to do so. It’s not yet clear when this will be but we aren’t accepting new bookings for placements before 1 August 2020.

We want to reassure volunteers that you can feel confident booking an overseas volunteering placement with us and we have introduced extra flexibility to help with this.

Flexible payment terms
We are giving added flexibility on payments. Normally we ask for final payment by 8 weeks before start date, but we are reducing this to 1 month before start date for placements with start dates in 2020. This takes some pressure off volunteers and allows us to see how the situation evolves over the coming months.

Flexible date changes
If any of our volunteers want or need to reschedule (regardless of whether it is related to Coronavirus or not!), we are happy to reschedule for up to 18 months. You just need to let us know 1 month or more before your placement date and it can be open ended if you aren’t sure when you want to reschedule to. We are keeping this free of charge for maximum flexibility!

Booking flights – wait for now
We normally recommend that volunteers book flights as soon as possible after their placement is confirmed to secure the best deals, but with the current uncertainty, it’s best to wait until travel restrictions are lifted and the airlines can confirm their schedules before booking flights and making other arrangements.

We’d love to help organise your next volunteer adventure, ready for when the world has returned to some kind of normality!
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Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Costa Rica, Amérique latine et Caraïbes
Type d'activité :
Ecovolontariat
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 2 semaines
Maximum: 3 mois
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
2 semaines : 1640 €
4 semaines/1 mois : 2730 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 4905 €
3 mois : 7085 €
Pourquoi payer pour faire du volontariat ?

* Toutes les indications de prix sont fournies par l’organisation de volontariat sans garantie. Si l’organisation ne facture pas en Euros, les prix réels peuvent varier en fonction du cours de change.
Disponibilité de la mission :
To match the turtle nesting season, this project is available each year between July and December
Age minimum :
18 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Individuelle
Maîtrise de langues :
Volunteers must be confident communicating in English
Qualifications particulières :
Volunteers do not need any previous experience in the field of conservation but must be fit and healthy in order to complete the volunteer role.
Hébergement & repas :
Volunteers can choose to stay in either the volunteer house (which is a shared option with shared bathrooms), or in a cabina which is a private option where you will have your own bedroom and bathroom.All main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included during the placement.

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