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Pacific Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme, Costa Rica

Organisation: WorkingAbroad Projects

Country: Costa Rica

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Pacific Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme, Costa Rica

This project is located on Playa Drake in the Osa Península of Costa Rica.  The rapid disappearance of sea turtles on the beaches is the reason why this project was initiated in 2006.  The low nesting numbers of the Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivácea) raised the alarm.  Pacific Sea turtle populations are critically endangered throughout the world, and this project is working hard to conserve and protect this species in this part of Costa Rica. Working as a volunteer, you will be forming part of a team of investigators responsible for developing the conservation programme at Playa Drake and monitoring the population of marine turtles that nests there between July and December each year.

Volunteers are needed from July to December for 1 to 12 weeks in duration, every year. All volunteers should be at least 18 yrs old age. English is required and Spanish is very helpful, even if basic, but a small amount of Spanish would go a long way.  A strong interest in conservation is required, as is good team work spirit and flexilibity.  You should also be in good health and fit – you need to be able to work 2-3 nights per week (rest the next day) and walk several kilometres on soft sand.

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