Participate in volunteering in Costa Rica to save the newly hatched sea turtles on the beach. Work on night patrols on the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and learn about the fascinating culture of a village by the sea. The animal welfare project runs from March to October when the turtles breeding season is over. We offer a unique experience in the Caribbean at affordable prices!
If you would like to work as a wildlife volunteer with the sea turtle project in Costa Rica, accompany the guides on site on 4-hour night patrols in search of breeding sea turtles.
As a volunteer on the beach, you help collect the eggs of the sea turtles and then bring them into the guarded incubators of the animal protection project. These patrols also play an important role in an ongoing scientific investigation, where sea turtles are measured, screened for disease, and tagged while the eggs are being collected and brought to the projects guarded hatchery.
The presence of more people on the beach also means protecting turtles from poachers who could otherwise steal the turtle eggs and kill the dams to sell the turtle meat illegally.
This animal welfare project takes place in a small community on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The village can only be reached by plane or boat. The population is around 400 inhabitants. Volunteers enjoy a simple and relaxed life.
There are schools, churches, bars, restaurants, small hotels and shops that are owned by the locals. Above all, great people are waiting for you and what you have to offer. We guarantee that you will fall in love and it will be difficult to leave.
As a volunteer in Costa Rica you live with host families and receive a private room, three traditional meals a day (vegetarian available) and a laundry service.
You should be in good physical shape to participate in the night patrols, because you will cover 6 km of beach and then walk back the way. You should also have good night vision, as most work in the dark is only done with flashlights lit in red.
If you volunteer in Costa Rica, you need to be careful when you walk on the beach while patrolling because heavy rains drench you on some nights. On other nights, the spray can splash in your face, and you should also watch out for the driftwood that is washed up on the beach. But there are also beautiful nights with a full moon, the starry sky and of course the fascinating encounter with the majestic turtles.
Daytime volunteering includes hatchery, beach cleaning. You will support the team of animal rights activists in the process of nest exhaustion and the release of young animals. There are also many other environmental projects that you can use to help around the village.
Costa Rica is a small country that spans the Central America isthmus and has the Pacific Ocean on the west coast and the Caribbean Sea in the east. The north is bordered by Nicaragua and the south by Panama. It is probably the most advanced country in the region and has decades of political stability. The army in Costa Rica was abolished in 1949 and in 1950 the country became a democracy.
Das Land gilt als führend in der sozialen Entwicklung. Tatsächlich ist es das einzige Land in der Region, das über eine allgemeine öffentliche Schulbildung und die allgemeine Schulpflicht verfügt. Im Human-Development-Index gehörte es stets zu den Top-Ländern Lateinamerikas.
Costa Rica was named the happiest country in the world in 2009 and 2012 and is also considered the “greenest” country in the world.
Every year Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill Turtles lay their eggs on the beaches from March to October. Poachers steal the turtles and their eggs for sale on the black market. Although this practice is illegal in Costa Rica, your help as a volunteer is so important for the enforcement of the ban, where you will also work with the local population.
This animal welfare project takes place in a remote village on the Caribbean coast. It is an excellent opportunity for volunteers to immerse themselves in local culture and learn Spanish with host families.
Volunteer animal rights activists in Costa Rica are very important for this project to save the turtles. Volunteers come from all over the world and help us to accompany local guides on four-hour night patrols in search of nesting females that collect the eggs and bring them to our guarded hatchery.
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