Equipo Tora Carey

Community-based conservation of marine resources through science, education and sustainable tourism

Volunteering Activities

Animal Care
Conservation Work
Social Work
Women Empowerment

What We Need

Volunteers are required to assist our local research assistants in monitoring endangered marine wildlife and habitats, i.e. nightly sea turtle monitoring, in-water monitoring of rays, turtles, reefs and seagrass, maintenance of research material, samples and databases, parrot counting, preparing materials and classes for our weekly environmental education classes, English classes at the local school.

When & Who

During day and nighttime.
Yes, we require a minimum of 1 Week
Individuals, Family with Kids, Groups

What we Provide

Types: Homestay

Private rooms when staying for more than 3 weeks, consisting of individual or queen-size bed, wardrobe, night table, fan and desk. Private or shared bathroom with the family.

Types: Variety, Vegetarian, Vegan, Accommodate Dietary Restrictions

Typical Costa Rican food consisting of rice and beans, vegetables, fish (if not vegan or vegetarian) and seasonal fruits.

Wifi & Satellite
Laundry Service
Hospital Transport
Purified Drinking Water

Our Fees

$50 daily

$1,400 a month ($350 a week) excluding bank or transfer fees. All economic contributions are equally divided to support community members and science projects.

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More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pretrip Assistance
Pick Up/Drop Off

Pretrip Assistance - Airport Pickup (from San Jose Airport), one night at a hostel in San Jose, bus ticket and transportation to bus station: $70
Pick Up/Drop off from Liberia Airport - $50 each way.
Orientation - included
Tours at different costs: Sailing trips, Kitesurfing (November - March), Horseback riding, ATV tours, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Ceramics.

Contact Person

Maike Heidemeyer
Casa Mariquita, El Jobo, La Cruz, Costa Rica.
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Other Ways to support us

Headlamps with red light, medical equipment, satellite transmitters and wildlife tags, measuring equipment, waterproof bags and boxes (Pelican cases and Otterbox), waterproof equipment (cellphones, tablets, etc.).

Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people

Low season for Sea Turtle nesting is from June - August. In-water monitoring of the sea turtle foraging ground in Bahia Salinas only from May - November (not in windy season), Matapalito corral reef site year-round (every two to three weeks). Devil ray sampling from July - September. Humpback Whale identification from July - December.

Equipo Tora Carey (ETC) is a non-governmental organization (NGO), officially registered since year 2016. ETC is uniquely composed of academic biologists, fishermen and local tourism operators who have the common objective to achieve a sustainable development of marine resources and habitats through the involvement of science, education and responsible tourism. Since ETC operates in a fishing community, conservation and preservation of marine resources often create topics of conflict that have to be solved, but in a slow, progressive and efficient manner. In our belief, science and the direct involvement of fishermen and their families in data collection and analysis provides de baseline to understand the need for management actions and improvement. Because ETC is community-based, all of our actions, behaviors and attitudes have an immediate impact in the integrity of our project management. Due to this, our outreach concentrates on education, active engagement and not on allegation or accusation.

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