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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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    Volunteers help to increase the number of turtles that make it to the wild
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    Volunteers go horse riding on the beach
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    A volunteer and a mother turtle
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    Group of volunteers at the project site
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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. Additionally, turtles are threatened by disappearing nesting grounds, egg poaching and pollution in our oceans.

This volunteer project aims to address these issues in two ways:

  • 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 of baby turtles dramatically.
  • Research: the nesting mother 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 in the region.

Since 2007, these measures have dramatically improved the turtle population in the area and have resulted in a protection zone around the remote turtle nesting beaches. There is still more to do, and we need help from volunteers to achieve that!

Volunteer role
The main role of the volunteer is to patrol the beach looking for nesting mother turtles. When the mother turtle is located, data is collected and the eggs are taken to a protected beach hatchery. The beach patrols for nesting turtles take place at night time, under the glittering blanket of the Milky Way. The nesting season is from July to December, with the babies usually hatching from early August 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.

Free time
There is plenty of free time during the day 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.

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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 : 1849 €
4 semaines/1 mois : 2968 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 5208 €
3 mois : 7448 €
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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