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:
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.
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