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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 and mammal surveys

Volunteers measuring turtle

Project Costs

The cost for 1 week is £445, 10 days is £555, 2 weeks cost is £695, 3 weeks is £945, 4 weeks is £1195, 5 weeks is £1445, 6 weeks is £1695, 7 weeks is £1945,  8 weeks is £2195, 9 weeks is £2445, 10 weeks is £2695, 11 weeks is £2945 and 12 weeks is £3195.  This cost includes private, clean and spacious room, three meals a day (volunteers and staff cook together), non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, equipment (for patrols), guide during the volunteering, back up and support.  We can also offer discounts for 1-6 month internships (you must be a student doing a University research project to qualify for this).

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.

Add on Spanish lessons:  we offer onsite lessons and you need to commit to at least 2 weeks. You will receive 6 hours of Spanish lessons over a 2 week period and the times will be spread out over the 2 weeks.  The cost is £75 for 2 weeks.  Spanish lessons can be booked alongside the volunteer programme as an add-on from July 2019 onwards.  If you want additional private lessons each week, this is also possible, and can be arranged on a case by case basis.. There are also local shops and restaurants within walking distance.

Tree frog Playa TortugaPayment 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. For those accepted, full payment must be made 1 month prior to arrival. Once you have been accepted on the programme, we will send you a confirmation email including an information pack full of information and facts to ensure you are fully prepared for your visit.Dragonfly in Costa Rica

Project Dates

You can join for 1 week up to 12 weeks on any of the dates below and we also offer 6 month internships. Please email us for any questions with regards to dates, durations, costs etc. – as we are very flexible with start/end dates if you wanted to arrive outside of the dates listed. Individuals, groups, researchers and families all welcome.  Any questions, please email: Victoria.McNeil@workingabroad.com

Start End Availability
August 5th 2019 August 10th 2019 Fully Booked
August 11th 2019 August 18th 2019 One place available only (or two people sharing)
August 20th 2019 August 26th 2019 Fully Booked
August 19th 2019 September 2nd 2019 Fully Booked
September 3rd 2019 September 17th 2019
September 16th 2019 September 30th 2019
September 30th 2019 October 14th 2019
October 14th 2019 October 28th 2019
October 28th 2019 November 11th 2019
November 11th 2019 November 25th 2019
November 25th 2019 December 9th 2019
December 9th 2019 December 23rd 2019
December 27th 2019 January 10th 2020
January 6th 2020 January 20th 2020
January 20th 2020 February 3rd 2020
February 3rd 2020 February 17th 2020
February 17th 2020 March 2nd 2020
March 2nd 2020 March 16th 2020
March 16th 2020 March 30th 2020
March 30th 2020 April 13th 2020
April 13th 2020 April 27th 2020
April 27th 2020 May 11th 2020
May 11th 2020 May 25th 2020
May 25th 2020 June 8th 2020
June 8th 2020 June 22nd 2020
June 22nd 2020 July 6th 2020
July 4th 2020 July 18th 2020
July 18th 2020 August 8th 2020 Fully Booked
August 8th 2020 August 22nd 2020
August 10th 2020 August 24th 2020
August 24th 2020 September 7th 2020
Playa Tortuga Conservation Volunteer Project, Costa Rica

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