Turtle Conservation Program in Costa Rica

Location: Costa Rica: Rural Areas, San Jose

Program Duration: 1-2 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 3-6 Months

Dates: Flexible/Open Start Dates

PO Box. 199 Pukekohe, Auckland 2679 New Zealand

Description

Want to help protect the magnificent giant sea turtle?

Our Sea Turtle Conservation program works to conserve the future of this majestic creature, which through decades of indiscriminate human plundering, has been drastically reduced in number to a point where it is now on the endangered species list.

Working with several of the main species of Sea Turtles to inhabit the Pacific, the main focus of this project is to protect and nurture the clutches of eggs laid across vital beach nesting grounds (June to December).

Volunteers support research and conservation work which involves counting turtles, measuring nests, collecting scientific information and night beach patrols. Volunteers will also help protect turtle nests from human poachers, assisting on the egg-harvesting programs, and helping in the hatcheries. They also get the opportunity to participate in the release of hatchlings to the sea!

Outside of the breeding season (January to May), volunteers will assist with other vital conservation projects to mitigate the adverse effect of vehicle and human traffic on nesting grounds, as well as maintaining the beach environment itself.

Highlights

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Qualifications

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old at the start of the placements (unless accompanied by an adult). A good command of English is required.

Languages
  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

LV Registration Fee + Programs Fees starting at just USD349 for one week!

Cost Include Description:

Includes accommodation, three meals a day, an airport pick-up (if required), orientation and 24/7 in-country support.

Credit Available

no

Volunteer Types
  • Animal Welfare
  • Wildlife
  • Marine Conservation
  • Business
  • Tree Planting
  • Law
  • Geology
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Culture
  • Conservation
  • Human Rights
  • Community Development
  • Biological Research
  • Anthropology
Typical Volunteer
Love Volunteers welcomes all who wish to volunteer and give their time and energy to help improve the lives of others in a developing country. Whilst some programs require specific education, qualifications and experience, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Age Range
18-25, 25-35, 35+
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel to Costa Rica

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Resume
Typically The Application Process Time is
48 hours
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
Year Founded

2009

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