Wildlife conservation, community and environmental volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme, Costa Rica

2-12 weeks from

£655
£18 +
minimum age

  • Experience the amazing phenomenon of nature called "Arribadas"
  • Cultural exchange with a Costa Rican family in a homestay setting
  • Take part in protecting vulnerable Olive Ridley Sea Turtles
  • This project was featured on BBC4's Secrets from the Nest

**Special Spring offer – For any booking received before 30 April, you will get a 10% discount off the total price**

Overview

Overview

Become a sea turtle conservation volunteer and help conserve the populations of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles in Costa Rica.  Live and work on the spectacular Ostional beach on the Pacific coast where Olive Ridley turtles come up in thousands at a time for this incredible phenomenon of nature called “Arribadas”.

Testimonial

Testimonial

Thank-you for this wonderful experience. I’m not only proud but honoured to have worked with the endangered turtle species of Latin America. This was the trip of a lifetime, as I was brought closer to others from other countries and brought closer to the breathtaking nature of Costa Rica. A journey I would only dream of being able to relive.
Cristina, UK

Video

This video highlights some of the previous research that has been carried out in Ostional on Leatherback and Black turtle populations.  At present, research at Ostional is mainly focused on the populations of vulnerable Olive Ridley turtles, although you may still see Leatherback and Black turtles nesting there!

Highlights

Highlights

Work and live on one of the most breathtaking beaches on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica with a strong chance of experiencing an “Arribada” on one of the most important nesting beaches in the world. Spend your time in the local community and experience Costa Rican hospitality at its peak with your homestay family.

Location

Location

The Guanacaste Province is located in the North West of Costa Rica and its Pacific coastline is made up of countless stretches of beautiful sun-swatched beaches, divided by rocky bluffs and mangrove-lined river estuaries. Some of Costa Rica’s main surf spots are found here too.

Free Time

Free Time

In your free time, there are plenty of opportunities to learn to surf. You can also visit Nosara which is 30 minutes away, which has a very relaxed, yoga-vibe.  There are also beautiful waterfalls and hikes that you can do too and of course, learning and speaking Spanish with your homestay family is a great way to improve your Spanish skills!

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme, Costa Rica

You may also be interested in these projects

  • Watamu Sea Turtle Volunteer Project, Kenya

    • Duration 2 Weeks+
    • Prices from £980

    An opportunity to take part in sea turtle conservation involving research and monitoring, working at a turtle rehabilitation centre and protecting nesting sites along the Watamu Coastline.

  • Blue Lagoon Coral Reef Project, Mauritius

    • Duration 2 weeks to 5 months
    • Prices from £785

    Volunteer in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoring and marine conservation volunteer and internship programme, which includes coral reef farming and restoration, lagoon monitoring and sea turtle research in the beautiful Blue Bay Marine Park.

  • Ocean Spirits Leatherback Sea Turtle Volunteer Project, Grenada

    • Duration 2 - 12 Weeks
    • Prices from £730

    Volunteer in the Caribbean as a Research Assistant and take part in leatherback sea turtle monitoring, research, and community outreach programmes on the island of Grenada.

  • Looking for a Volunteer Project Abroad?
    Try our Project Finder

    WorkingAbroad is the Go-To Website for Ethical & Responsible Volunteer & Internship Opportunities Abroad

    We run volunteer programmes in over 30 countries across the world focusing on wildlife conservation and community development projects and every project we offer adheres to our ethical standards.