Join a group of volunteers headed to Costa Rica

Registration ends April 04, 2018

Ensuring the survival of endangered sea turtles and hatchlings.

Latin American Sea Turtles
Costa Rica. Only 2 places left!
April 23 - May 7, 2018

Aid in sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica! Search for nesting adult female turtles during nocturnal beach patrols, help relocate the eggs to a safe hatchery, and more.

Your contact: Nicki Wheeler
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What's included in the fee?

Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Orientation
Pick Up/Drop Off

What's not included in the fee?

Our fee excludes:

  • Flights and travel costs to Costa Rica
  • Insurance:  Volunteers are responsible for purchasing travel and health insurance at their own cost. This is a pre-requisite to volunteering with Latin American Sea Turtles.
  • Visa

Accommodation

  • Volunteers sleep in beach cabins, each sleeping between 6 – 8 people in bunk beds.
  • Our property includes shared bathroom facilities and cold water showers.
  • Our research station is basic, and very remote, running on solar panels only.
  • Bedding and mosquito nets are provided.

Meals

  • We provide 3 meals a day, as well as tea and coffee.
  • The diet in our station consists mainly of Costa Rican food and is mostly vegetarian.
  • Meals typically consist of pastas, soups, rice and beans (a Costa Rican staple), vegetables, salads, chickpeas and so forth.

Local Excursions and Sightseeing

It is possible to arrange wildlife spotting trips or canal tours whilst at the project, at an additional cost.


Typical Day

Volunteers will participate in nocturnal beach patrols to look for nesting adult female turtles and will assist the biologist in collection of data from nesting turtles, relocation of eggs to a safe hatchery, and monitoring of eggs and nests.

During the day, we will organize activities such as beach cleaning, recycling separation and hatchery maintenance.

Here’s what a typical day looks like for our volunteers:

8 am: Breakfast is served

10 am: Daily meeting with all volunteers present 

10:30 am: Daytime work activities last for approximately 2 hours

12:30 pm: Lunch is served

13:30 - 15:00: Relaxation time

15:00: Work for approximately 2 more hours

Note: Volunteer that are assigned a night time hatchery monitoring shift do not attend the other daytime activities.

19:00: Night patrols start from 7pm, and depending on the tides will finish at approximately 3am. We generally try to have 3 or 4 patrols per night – depending on the amount of volunteers present. 

Volunteers work 6 days per week, with one day off.


Support

Support and emergency assistance: Our biologist is available 24/7 on site and has an emergency protocol to follow if needed. 


Logistics

  • Pickup: We will pick up the group members on Monday, April 23rd at 9am, from the “Gaudys Hostel” in Paseo Colon.
  • Group member may consider staying the previous night at the hostel.
    For direct bookings: www.backpackers.co.cr
  • Drop-off: We will drop you off on Monday, May 7th at the “Gaudys Hostel” in Paseo Colon.
  • The project is located on the remote Caribbean coast, South of the famous Tortuguero National Park. Access is by boat only. 
  • You will be working at a research project with international research assistants and a professional biologist.

Get started by applying for this trip!

Once your application is approved, you will be required to pay the one-time handling fee to reserve your place in the group.

Fees

  • $42.5 per day to Latin American Sea Turtles
    100% of this fee is paid directly to the non-profit
  • $25 one-time handling fee to GivingWay
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