Volunteer in Costa Rica saving the Sea Turtles

Animal welfare: save the sea turtles in the Caribbean

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!

Save the sea turtles in a Caribbean paradise

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.

Collect sea turtle eggs on nightly patrols on the beach

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.

Volunteer in animal welfare on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica

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.

Beach walks in the moonlight as a voluntary animal rights activist in Costa Rica

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.

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Costa Rica - Tropical country in the Caribbean

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.

Costa Rica: leader in social development

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.

Voted “Happiest Nation in the World”

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.

Volunteering in Costa Rica on the paradisiacal Caribbean coast

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.

Save the sea turtles

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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Voluntary work in animal protection in Costa Rica - project information

Please note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the local organization.
  • For the wildlife project, a registration fee of US $ 149.00 will be added to the program fee.
What is included in the program fee?
orientation
Accommodation for all projects
3 meals a day
Supervision by local staff and program support
24/7 support in the country during your stay
Local administration costs
And a donation to strengthen the sea turtle project
There are no hidden costs. These projects are cheapest for volunteers in Costa Rica.
No hidden costs
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We strive to help you support others at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our Costa Rica programs believe that typically $ 30 is sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.

The program fee should be paid to the local organization and is due 30 days before the start of the project.

Please only bring money to the community in small bills. Sometimes it is difficult to get change.
Special prices for interns who stay longer than 8 weeks!
These volunteers will also support the project organizationally with their cooperation. You stay with the host family for the first week and then stay in the "Station" project, a large wooden house near the beach, from the second week until the end of the program.

At the station you will receive one meal a day (lunch), but you can use the kitchen to prepare breakfast and dinner and also use the washing machine. Volunteers can have their own room, but if the project gets a special group, they may need to share with other volunteers for a while.
Location of the animal welfare project in Costa Rica
The animal protection project to save the sea turtles takes place in a small community on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. It 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.
Accommodation and meals for volunteers in Costa Rica
As a volunteer in Costa Rica you live with host families and have a private room, three traditional meals a day (vegetarian available) and a laundry service. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture and develop Spanish language skills and become part of the community.

Each house has clean drinking water, lockers in the rooms, electricity, fans and mosquito nets in the rooms. If you dont speak Spanish, we can try to arrange a host family where a family member speaks English, but there are few of these houses.
Start and duration of the sea turtle wildlife project
The programs in this project start every Monday. You must make your own way from San Jose to Siquirres, where a member of our team will be waiting to guide you to the second stage of the bus ride and then by boat to the community.

You can volunteer between 1 and 24 weeks. Volunteers who stay 8 weeks or more have a special requirement to work as project interns.
Orientation
Orientation takes place on Mondays or the next day after arrival if you arrive on another day.
Requirements for volunteering in Costa Rica
You must be at least 18 years old when you start your internship. However, exceptions can be made for under 18s accompanied by a guardian or with parental consent.

All participants must have adequate travel insurance and must check the criminal background on site upon arrival in the village or during orientation.
Language requirements for volunteers in Costa Rica
Basic knowledge of Spanish is welcome, but not a requirement. You will already learn a lot from a local family. There are English speaking people on the project.
Security and Support
You will receive competent support and advice from the local team and project managers. The local coordinators will give you all the information you need for a safe and unforgettable experience.

With 1.9 million travelers visiting Costa Rica annually, travel is very popular and common. Nevertheless, travelers to Costa Rica should exercise caution before coming to the community.
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Reviews Sea Turtle Project

Reviews of the volunteers

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