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Conservation Work in Costa Rica: Protection of Endangered Sea Turtles

Organisation: Natucate

Country: Costa Rica

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Conservation Work in Costa Rica: Protection of Endangered Sea Turtles

Voluntary work in Central America

Situated on the country’s Atlantic east coast, this volunteer project aims at protecting the Costa Rican sea turtles and to help the country preserve its many natural wonders for future generations. As a volunteer you and other fellow helpers from around the world will be integrated into the project to assist with research and conservation of animals and their habitats along the beautiful coast of Costa Rica.

During this project you will experience how nature conservation and animal welfare is done in a professional environment, how nature reserves are developed and at the same time how you can acquire international experience through interaction with people from different parts of the globe. This overseas trip combines adventure with education and gives you a unique insight into the country as well as its lush nature.

The project has two fundamental aims. First of all, the projects work supports the protection of the sea turtles, their nests and eggs from dangers like encroaching human habitation along the coast, from predators and natural catastrophes such as coastal erosion or severe flooding. Moreover the project aims at acquiring a better understanding of the animals themselves through detailed data collation which will facilitate the development and implementation of appropriate protective measures.
As sea turtles generally return to the beach they were born, the beach will be patrolled on a regular basis at night to find nesting turtles, collect data and dig up their eggs. These eggs will be buried in the safe environment of the hatchery where volunteers will keep an attentive eye on them until they hatch. The young turtles will then be collected and brought to the beach to make their way to the sea. To contribute to their protection it is also important to preserve the beaches and include local residents in the conservation work. This project is the ideal opportunity to learn about nature conservation work and make an active contribution to preserving Costa Rica’s natural habitat.

Your accommodation

At the project site in Pacuare, you will be accommodated in very simple and rustic cabins with other volunteers and also share a communal bathroom. In every cabin 6 to 8 volunteers are living together. There are clean pillows, blankets and bed sheets available and you can also use a small locker for your valuables. Electricity in the camp will be provided with solar panels so the availability might vary with weather condition and daytime. Moreover the water in the camp will not be heated and clothes can be washed by hand. Every day there will be food provided for three meals. Mostly local dishes containing lots of rice, pasta, beans, salads, vegetables and fruit will either be cooked for you or you will prepare the groceries yourself. You also have access to drinking water.

  • Age limit: Minimum age 18 years
  • Start date: Monday
  • Duration: 2-12 weeks
  • Project location: Pacuare / Costa Rica
  • Accommodation: Basic shared-accommodation with bunk beds and a shared bathroom
  • Language requirements: English, basic Spanish
  • Suitable for: volunteer work, sabbatical, internship
  • Certification: upon request


  • Price for two weeks           800 EUR
  • Price for four weeks       1.350 EUR
  • Price for six weeks         1.850 EUR
  • Price for eight weeks      2.250 EUR
  • Price for ten weeks         2.650 EUR
  • Price for twelve weeks    3.050 EUR


  • Placement in the project
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Orientation seminar after arrival in San José
  • Taxi and boat transfer from Bataan (meeting point of staff and volunteers) to project site
  • Accommodation during the project
  • All meals during the project
  • On-site orientation and project training
  • English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • 24/7-support throughout the project

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