Latin American Sea Turtles

Our vision is to realize a future where all inhabitants of the Costa Rican coasts, human and sea turtle alike, can live together in balance; where healthy populations of sea turtles fulfil their ecological roles and economic potential; and critical natural habitats are sustainably managed.

Volunteering Activities

Animal Care
Conservation Work

What We Need

Volunteers assist our biologist with data collection of endangered leatherback turtles. Volunteers will patrol the beach at night time looking for nesting turtles, in order to protect and relocate the nests and take information from the turtle. Once the eggs hatch volunteers are responsible for collecting information from the babies before releasing them.

When & Who

March until October.
Yes, we require a minimum of 1 Week
Individuals, Groups

What we Provide

Types: Volunteer House

Shared dorm-style cabins on the beach. Rustic accommodation; solar energy only.

Types: Accommodate Dietary Restrictions

3 local meals per day.

Purified Drinking Water

Our Fees

$35 daily
$45 One-time

the one off boat fees cover the costs of getting you into the project from the pick up point. It includes taxi and boat, and is round trip.
Please note that 13% VAT will be added to your final invoice as per Costa Rican law , for services provided within the country

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More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pretrip Assistance
Pick Up/Drop Off

We are available by e mail or video call for pre trip assistance
Airport pick up and drop off can be organized for an additional fee
Orientation is compulsory and included in the fees.

Contact Person

Nicki Wheeler
Tibas, San Jose, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Other Ways to support us

• Rechargeable batteries (AAA).
• Battery charger (AAA).
• Headlamp (with red light).
• Waterproof notebook.
• Pencil, pen, whiteboard marker.
• Backpacks (dark colors as they are used during patrols).

Additional Info about Us

5 to 10 people

Our onsite biologist runs all the scientific aspects of the project, and all field work.
Our station manager organizes boat and taxi transportations, maintenance of the station, and inventories
Our international research assistants are in charge of supervising and training volunteers
The international coordinator works in the office in San Jose, and is in charge of admin.


Pacuare is a very remote location with very few amenities - please come prepared!

Nesting season - March - September
Hatchling season - May - November

We are a member of WIDECAST, an international scientific network with country coordinators resident in more than 40 countries and territories of the Wider Caribbean Region. Our field teams are integrated by local assistants with unparalleled experience in sea turtle research and conservation, people with vast experience working with volunteers and environmental enthusiasts developing creative strategies to avoid the extinction of these species.

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