Community-based conservation of marine resources through science, education and sustainable tourism
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.
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.
Typical Costa Rican food consisting of rice and beans, vegetables, fish (if not vegan or vegetarian) and seasonal fruits.
$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.
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.
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.).
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.