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Playa Tortuga Conservation Volunteer Project, Costa Rica

1 week to 6 months from

minimum age

  • Live in a tropical rainforest reserve on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica
  • Hands on work researching caimans and crocodiles
  • Take part in sea turtle research and patrols
  • Get involved in tree boa, monkey and mammal surveys


Join this project as a conservation volunteer in Costa Rica and live in a tropical rainforest reserve on the Pacific coast, and take part in sea turtle research, crocodile monitoring and research, monkey and mammal surveys and setting camera traps, tree boa studies, environmental education and butterfly garden projects all year round.



Wow, what a country! Costa Rica is by far the most beautiful country I have ever visited, filled with jungles, beaches and so much wildlife! I had a brilliant stay at the reserve where I learned so much about the various species of animals both in the jungle and on the beach.
Fenja, UK


Watch a mini clip about the programme and the work that volunteers at doing within the Playa Tortuga reserve programme.



Live in tropical rainforest nature reserve teeming with wildlife, from sea turtles that nest on the adjacent beach to tree boas, howler and capuchin monkeys, to river otters and beautiful birds and butterflies.  Set camera traps to spot elusive ocelots at night time and wade through rivers to catch and tag caimans. Work alongside friendly staff and learn about the amazing biodiversity that Costa Rica has to offer!



Playa Tortuga is located just 3.5 hours from San Jose, on the Southern Pacific Coast Of Costa Rica. The Reserve offers an ideal environment for researchers and volunteers.  It is located in the tropical rainforest and just outside of Marino Ballena National Park.  This park is named after the humpback whales that migrate there throughout the year. This whole region offers miles of deserted beaches, mangrove forests and coral reefs.

Free Time

Free Time

In your free time, you can take surf lessons, photography lessons, go horseback riding, go whale and dolphin watching, do a canopy tour or a boat ride through the mangroves.  You can also organise Spanish lessons too if you want to brush up on your language skills in the local town of Uvita.

Playa Tortuga Conservation Volunteer Project, Costa Rica

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