Volunteer with sea turtles in Costa Rica as one of our marine conservation volunteers, and join this Olive Ridley and Green sea turtle programme in the spectacular Osa Peninsula, or the amazing Playa Hermosa on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Take part in night surveys, monitoring nesting sea turtles, relocating eggs to the hatchery and releasing baby turtles into the ocean.
My volunteering experience was absolutely amazing; I really liked working with sea turtles, the conservation project was run in a professional way and I learnt a lot. I also really enjoyed the way of life there, that was simple and genuine, like doing the classes with the local kids or making coconut oil that we used to cook.
About Costa Rica
A country that has consistently won in the Happy Planet index ratings, Costa Rica also holds more than 5% of the world’s species, even though it’s land only covers 0.03% of the planet. There’s a sense of community you immediately take part in when you arrive, the Pura Vida Lifestyle! Click to watch a video showcasing the volunteer project activities in Costa Rica.
Volunteers live in cabins or a hostel close to the sea, with some of the best views of the sunsets in Costa Rica! Work alongside marine biologists and take part in night surveys, monitoring nesting sea turtles, relocating eggs to the hatchery and releasing baby turtles into the ocean. Experience living in a remote pristine wilderness location.
Both project locations; the Osa Peninsula and Hermosa-Punta Mala, are located on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. The main feature of the Osa peninsula is the Corcovado National Park, famously referred to by National Geographic as ‘the most biologically intense place on Earth’. This project is located on Rincon de San Josecito Beach which is remote and a gem in the wilderness to discover. Whereas, the project at Playa Hermosa, is located on Punta Mala beach, another of Costa Rica’s spectacular, untouched beaches.
At the project, we offer tours around the area, including horseback riding and kayaking trips through the incredible Rio Claro and walking trails that surround the place. In addition, you can visit Corcovado National Park or Manuel Antonio National Park, or do a full day snorkelling at Caño Island or along the coast of the town Jacó. You could also spend some of your free time at Drake Bay Backpackers to relax, do yoga or do some tours.