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Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme, Costa Rica

11 days -12 weeks from

£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

Volunteers beach cleaning Costa Rica

Project Costs

The cost for 11 days is £610, 18 days is £798, 25 days is £998. This cost includes private (or shared with another volunteer), clean and simple room in a homestay *(pls note that due to Covid 19, volunteers will either be housed in the research station or in a homestay), three meals a day, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, equipment (for patrols), guide during the volunteering, backup and support. Airfare and transportation to the project, lodging in San Jose, travel/medical insurance and personal expenses are not included in the cost. It is mandatory for you to take out travel and medical insurance for the duration of the project.

You can join for 11 days up to 12 weeks on any of the dates below, starting on a Monday and finishing on a Friday.  The dates below are for 11 days, but you can join for 18 days, 25 days, 32 days etc.  As weekends are free time, we suggest arriving on a Monday and leaving on a Friday if you wanted to travel after the project is finished for example. Please email victoria.mcneil@workingabroad.com for any questions about dates and costs. Groups are also welcome.

Payment Terms

To secure your placement on the project, you will need to complete and submit the application form with your application payment of £195 (included in the total project costs listed above). If for some reason your application is not accepted, we will reimburse this payment fully. However for those who are accepted, you will be required to pay the remaining balance 1 month before arrival.  Once we have confirmed your place, you will receive an information package on the programme background and scientific objectives, your role as a volunteer, the work you will do, suggested items to bring, how to travel there and information you need to provide, such as background/police check, medical letter etc. Upon arrival at the project, all volunteers are asked to sign a waiver/release of liability form.

Project Dates

October 25th 2021 November 5th 2021
November 8th 2021 November 19th 2021
November 22nd 2021 December 3rd 2021
December 6th 2021 December 17th 2021
December 20th 2021 December 31st 2021
January 3rd 2022 January 14th 2022
January 17th 2022 January 28th 2022
January 31st 2022 February 11th 2022
February 14th 2022 February 25th 2022
February 28th 2022 March 11th 2022
March 14th 2022 March 25th 2022
July 4th 2022 July 15th 2022
July 18th 2022 July 29th 2022
August 1st 2022 August 12th 2022
August 15th 2022 August 26th 2022
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme, Costa Rica

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