Volunteer abroad on our Sea Turtle conservation in Costa Rica projects. These projects have been created with the purpose of protecting the female sea turtles, their nests and hatchlings laid on beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica. Protection is needed, against poachers and natural and introduced predators. This is done using a man-made shelter called a “vivero”. Refuges have been created in order to protect important nesting sites for the Pacific Olive Ridley, the Leatherback, Green turtles and Hawksbill turtles.
Research for the nesting activity of the turtles takes place alongside the conservation work and is used to improve the next seasons activities and techniques. The information is shared with the community, local and regional authorities with the goal of increasing awareness about conservation. The sea turtle conservation programme is a scientific based conservation activity, which aims to raise the number of sea turtle hatchlings and to improve survival rates of these beautiful reptiles. Sea turtles are a wonderful legacy from prehistoric times and the goal is to preserve the species and associated ecosystems.
Why choose this project?
On this sea turtle conservation project, more volunteers, there is an increased chance that more hatchlings can be saved, so there can never be enough people involved. Working with a local team, build relationships and use the Spanish that you acquire during your intensive Spanish lessons prior to your project placement. These are great items for addition to your CV/Resume. It is also an opportunity for members of the local community to practice their English skills with native English speaking volunteers which helps them to appreciate different accents and gain confidence.
Role of the volunteer
In preparation for your two weeks volunteering you will spend your first week in San Jose developing your Spanish skills on an intensive Spanish course. You will then make your way to your placement location, where you will be involved with a number of different protection and maintenance activities. These may include beach patrolling at night; collecting eggs; trail and camp maintenance or research and data collection. As a volunteer you will have the amazing opportunity to help release baby sea turtle into the ocean. Much of the work on this project is carried out at night, generally between the hours of 8pm and 4am. Volunteers also work in the day time as well but are given time off to rest between the different shifts.
This project is great for those who love the outdoors, and are interested in conservation and wildlife especially turtles! There will be many hands-on activities which require loads of enthusiasm and energy especially for long nights of patrolling. Volunteers will be in close contact with the turtles and must be comfortable with this.
A good basic level of Spanish is required. (Basic User Level A2 of CEFR). One week is included in your placement and additional weeks can be arranged if needed for an extra cost. Please discuss your language levels with a Kaya Placements Advisor.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To practice your Spanish with the local community
Because you want to help to raise the number of sea turtle hatchings and improve survival rates
To live in region that is rich in natural beauty
Your first week will be spent in San Jose and you will have plenty of time to explore the city following your studies. It will be a great opportunity to put your language skills into practice. Your project locations will depend on the needs of the project at the time of your volunteering placement and the season. We have projects on both the Pacific and the Caribbean coast where there are different turtles at certain times of the year. If you are thinking of joining this project then please contact one of our advisors by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be able to give you more information about the location and the individual projects.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 3-12 weeks
- Cost: £1105 / $1933 for 3 weeks
£182 / $319 per each extra week
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Caribbean and Pacific coastal locations, Costa Rica
- Projects activities: night beach patrols, gathering and recording data, infrastructure maintenance, counting baby sea turtles, beach cleaning
- Working hours: Usually 6 days a week with 1 day off. Hours vary but include night work when the turtles are nesting.
- Project Availability: Project closed the whole of January.
- Arrival day: Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: Simple shared volunteer accommodation
- Food: 3 Meals per day during placement, 2 meals during Spanish study
- Airport pick up and drop off from San Jose International Airport
- Training: Pre-departure preparation pack, On-site Orientation and Project induction provided
- 1 week of intensive Spanish classes in San Jose (20 hours)
- Support: On-site coordinator providing 24 hour support
What is not included
- Transport home from project
- Transfer from San Jose to the project location from £45 – £110, depending on the location of the project
- Additional weeks of Spanish classes. These can be arranged for £250 / $438 per week. Price includes accommodation
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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