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Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme, Costa Rica

10 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 10 days is £575, 17 days is £765, 24 days is £965. This cost includes private (or shared with another volunteer), clean and simple room 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 10 days up to 12 weeks on any of the dates below, starting on a Tuesday and finishing on a Friday.  The dates below are for 10 days, but you can join for 17 days, 24 days, 31 days etc.  As weekends are free time, we suggest arriving on a Tuesday 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

Start End Availability
December 10th 2019 December 20th 2019
December 24th 2019 January 3rd 2020
January 7th 2020 January 17th 2020
January 21st 2020 January 31st 2020
February 4th 2020 February 14th 2020
February 18th 2020 February 28th 2020
March 3rd 2020 March 13th 2020
March 17th 2020 March 20th 2020
March 31st 2020 April 10th 2020
April 14th 2020 April 17th 2020
April 28th 2020 May 8th 2020
May 12th 2020 May 22nd 2020
May 26th 2020 June 5th 2020
June 9th 2020 June 19th 2020
June 23rd 2020 July 3rd 2020
July 7th 2020 July 17th 2020
July 21st 2020 July 31st 2020
August 4th 2020 August 14th 2020
August 18th 2020 August 28th 2020
September 1st 2020 September 11th 2020
September 15th 2020 September 25th 2020
September 29th 2020 October 9th 2020
October 13th 2020 October 23rd 2020
October 27th 2020 November 6th 2020
November 10th 2020 November 20th 2020
November 24th 2020 December 4th 2020
December 8th 2020 December 18th 2020
December 22nd 2020 January 1st 2021
January 5th 2021 January 15th 2021
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme, Costa Rica

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