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Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica

Pays d’action: Costa Rica, Amérique latine et Caraïbes
Type d’activité: Ecovolontariat
Located on a remote Costa Rican beach, far from tourists and development, this turtle conservation project combines experiencing life on the Pacific coast with helping to protect an endangered species. Track nesting turtles, protect their eggs, release their babies safely back to sea and help to promote conservation in this rural area.



Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

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    Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
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    Live on a beautiful Costa Rican beach
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    Volunteers help to increase the number of turtles that make it to the wild
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    Help to protect turtles on Costa Rican beaches
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    Help baby turtles to get out to sea, increasing their survival rate

The project

Turtles have been around on the earth since the age of the dinosaurs. Their numbers are severely threatened by the disruptive industrial fishing industry, which causes hundreds of turtle casualties each year.

The organisation with which you will volunteer has been campaigning for change in Costa Rica since 1997. Conservation and research are the main aims of the volunteer programme:

  • Conservation: volunteers protect the nesting turtles, move the eggs to the hatchery and release the baby turtles to the sea once they have hatched. This process increases the survival rate dramatically.
  • Research: the nesting turtles are measured, tagged and recorded. This information is then used to form the background of the campaigns against industrial fishing and supporting a protected marine area.

The beach patrols for nesting turtles take place at night time, under the glittering blanket of the Milky Way. Volunteers, along with project leaders, patrol the beaches looking for the nesting turtles. The nesting season is from July to December, with the babies usually hatching from early September onwards.

During the daytime volunteers work to improve the hatchery, engage with local kids about conservation (building sand turtles!) and even helping to teach English in the local school. There is plenty of free time to enjoy the beautiful beach, located a mere 20 metres from the accommodation, as well as the rainforests, lagoons and waterfalls. Volunteers have enjoyed horse riding, learning to surf and visiting a local butterfly farm.

Accommodation and food

The accommodation is basic yet comfortable. Set just off the beach, it is in an ideal setting for seeing beautiful sunsets over the sea. Expect to share a small dorm room with en suite bathroom facilities. Three delicious meals per day are provided by the local community, including fresh fruit and vegetables, rice, beans, meat and fish.

Please note that for all of our projects you are required to pay in British Pounds, and that the price conversion to Euros shown on this website was made on 24/4/2018 and will change with the exchange rate.

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

Gap year and travel specialist organisation. We are an experienced and well established organisation which has been sending volunteers on exciting projects across 23 countries since 1999. We supply valuable, meaningful and worthwhile volunteering projects abroad including animal welfare, childcare, teaching and conservation.
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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 : 1036 €
4 semaines/1 mois : 1980 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 3263 €
3 mois : 4546 €
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 :
The turtle nesting season is July to mid December.
Age minimum :
17 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Individuelle / Groupe
Maîtrise de langues :
Can understand and speak good English.
Qualifications particulières :
Pas nécessaire
Hébergement & repas :
You will be living in simple cabins on site with fellow volunteers.Meals are included and prepared by the local cooks, who will offer a variety of traditional Costa Rican foods as well as more western influenced foods.

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  • Recevez immédiatement un e-mail avec le site web et le n° de téléphone de l’organisation de volontariat
  • Recevez gratuitement notre guide avec une check-list à imprimer
  • Un guide de conversation en cadeau, si vous vous inscrivez plus tard
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