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Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

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Play a role in protecting endangered sea turtles by volunteering at a research station in the rainforest on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Living and working in the beautiful, remote Tortuguero National Park will place you in the unique position of being able to monitor and study the nesting habits of endangered green turtles, and critically endangered leatherback and hawksbill turtles. These turtles have been nesting on this beach for millions of years, and the data you collect will be vital in the long-term survival of these marine turtle species. While on-base, you will also assist in research projects on the conservation of other animals that call the coastal rainforest home, including the elusive jaguar and several rare bird species. If you’re interested in turtle conservation and love the rainforest, volunteering in Costa Rica on this project is the best choice you could make.

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As a volunteer you'll get to:

  • Learn data processing, analysis and collection skills that will help set you up for a career in the field.
  • Receive hands-on training from our on-base experts.
  • Spend whole days (and sometimes nights!) on an idyllic stretch of beach, watching sea turtles’ nesting behaviors and monitoring the success of their hatchlings.
  • See the hatchlings’ dash for the water first hand (if you’re lucky).
  • Understand the coastal rainforest as the vast and diverse ecosystem that it is.
  • Explore the natural habitat of marine turtles.
  • Assist in other research projects, including the tracking and monitoring of jaguars.
  • Make friends for life by living and working alongside like-minded conservation volunteers.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Wildlife Research & Conservation Marine
Priced From Priced From
US$ 2100 |
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Dates & rates

Priced From
US$ 2100 |

Detailed Project Pricing
2 Weeks USD 2100
4 Weeks USD 2920
6 Weeks USD 3740
8 Weeks USD 4560
10 Weeks USD 5380
12 Weeks USD 6200

Project Start Dates

This project begins every second Saturday throughout the year - please enquire for specific start dates and availability.

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Work & Impacts

Turtle research

TURTLE RESEARCH

To track and collect data on these endangered and critically endangered turtles, you will record spatial and seasonal distribution; determine levels of illegal poaching of turtle eggs; record hatchlings’ success rates; track returning turtles to the nesting beach and determine the numbers of turtles that migrate between different beaches; and monitor their nest numbers. Another important aspect to track and record is the effect of jaguars’ preying on the turtle population.

Preventing poaching

PREVENTING POACHING

Having a large number of volunteers available to survey the nesting beaches has already had a significant impact on the reduction in illegal poaching of turtles and their eggs. This is just one way that you will contribute to the protection of the beaches that are the turtles’ natural habitat.

Other project work

OTHER PROJECT WORK

You will also assist with other ongoing research projects on the base, including the study of jaguar populations, behavior and prey, as well as the monitoring of a number of key aquatic bird species to make seasonal trend data available on resident and migratory birds in the coastal rainforest.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Relax on base

RELAX ON BASE

Your work will be physical and challenging, sometimes running straight through the night, so in your down-time you will enjoy the opportunity to “chill out” on the base with your fellow volunteers and the long-term project staff – or alone, if you choose. You won’t be able to do much wandering or walking around outside of the base because of safety issues, but when you’re not in the rainforest on duty, you will relish the chance to get off your feet.

Visit tortuguero town

VISIT TORTUGUERO TOWN

There are some delightful craft shops and a very enticing bakery where you can while away your downtime while on-project.

Take a trip

TAKE A TRIP

Your options for adventures off-base include hiking in the mountains; snorkeling in the Caribbean; fishing in the freshwater lagoons and rivers; taking a zip-line tour in the forest; and whitewater rafting on the infamous Pacuare River.

Soak up caribbean vibes

SOAK UP CARIBBEAN VIBES

If it’s laidback leisure time you’re after, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the tiny beach villages in the southern part of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Puerto Viejo, for example, is favoured by surfers looking for great waves and easy-going nightlife.

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About Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

About tortuguero national park costa rica

About the Destination

Tortuguero National Park is located in the Caribbean province of Limón, Costa Rica’s most culturally diverse province.

The research station is in a remote area of the rainforest, with limited access to and from the nearest towns. All transport is by boat and canoe on the green canals – the base is a one-hour boat journey away from the nearest shops, phones and internet facilities. This is a full-on jungle adventure!

The accommodation at the base is safe and comfortable, and usually shared. Camp duties are shared by rotation between all members of the team, lending to the sense of cooperation and camaraderie at the station.

You’ll be surrounded by the sounds of the rainforest, and within a stone’s throw of isolated Caribbean beaches. If you’re longing for an escape to the wilderness in one of the most beautiful places on Earth while doing valuable conservation work, this is the project for you – especially if you don’t mind getting dirty!

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Feedback from our volunteers

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Brochures

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Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required

Play a role in protecting endangered sea turtles by volunteering at a research station in the rainforest on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Living and working in the beautiful, remote Tortuguero National Park will place you in the unique position of being able to monitor and study the nesting habits of endangered green turtles, and critically endangered leatherback and hawksbill turtles. These turtles have been nesting on this beach for millions of years, and the data you collect will be vital in the long-term survival of these marine turtle species. While on-base, you will also assist in research projects on the conservation of other animals that call the coastal rainforest home, including the elusive jaguar and several rare bird species. If you’re interested in turtle conservation and love the rainforest, volunteering in Costa Rica on this project is the best choice you could make.

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As a volunteer you'll get to:

  • Learn data processing, analysis and collection skills that will help set you up for a career in the field.
  • Receive hands-on training from our on-base experts.
  • Spend whole days (and sometimes nights!) on an idyllic stretch of beach, watching sea turtles’ nesting behaviors and monitoring the success of their hatchlings.
  • See the hatchlings’ dash for the water first hand (if you’re lucky).
  • Understand the coastal rainforest as the vast and diverse ecosystem that it is.
  • Explore the natural habitat of marine turtles.
  • Assist in other research projects, including the tracking and monitoring of jaguars.
  • Make friends for life by living and working alongside like-minded conservation volunteers.
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 Weeks
Impacts Wildlife Research & Conservation Marine
Priced From Priced From
US$ 2100 |
Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
US$ 2100 |

Detailed Project Pricing
2 Weeks USD 2100
4 Weeks USD 2920
6 Weeks USD 3740
8 Weeks USD 4560
10 Weeks USD 5380
12 Weeks USD 6200

Project Start Dates

This project begins every second Saturday throughout the year - please enquire for specific start dates and availability.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Turtle research

TURTLE RESEARCH

To track and collect data on these endangered and critically endangered turtles, you will record spatial and seasonal distribution; determine levels of illegal poaching of turtle eggs; record hatchlings’ success rates; track returning turtles to the nesting beach and determine the numbers of turtles that migrate between different beaches; and monitor their nest numbers. Another important aspect to track and record is the effect of jaguars’ preying on the turtle population.

Preventing poaching

PREVENTING POACHING

Having a large number of volunteers available to survey the nesting beaches has already had a significant impact on the reduction in illegal poaching of turtles and their eggs. This is just one way that you will contribute to the protection of the beaches that are the turtles’ natural habitat.

Other project work

OTHER PROJECT WORK

You will also assist with other ongoing research projects on the base, including the study of jaguar populations, behavior and prey, as well as the monitoring of a number of key aquatic bird species to make seasonal trend data available on resident and migratory birds in the coastal rainforest.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Relax on base

RELAX ON BASE

Your work will be physical and challenging, sometimes running straight through the night, so in your down-time you will enjoy the opportunity to “chill out” on the base with your fellow volunteers and the long-term project staff – or alone, if you choose. You won’t be able to do much wandering or walking around outside of the base because of safety issues, but when you’re not in the rainforest on duty, you will relish the chance to get off your feet.

Visit tortuguero town

VISIT TORTUGUERO TOWN

There are some delightful craft shops and a very enticing bakery where you can while away your downtime while on-project.

Take a trip

TAKE A TRIP

Your options for adventures off-base include hiking in the mountains; snorkeling in the Caribbean; fishing in the freshwater lagoons and rivers; taking a zip-line tour in the forest; and whitewater rafting on the infamous Pacuare River.

Soak up caribbean vibes

SOAK UP CARIBBEAN VIBES

If it’s laidback leisure time you’re after, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the tiny beach villages in the southern part of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Puerto Viejo, for example, is favoured by surfers looking for great waves and easy-going nightlife.

Back to Top

About Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

About tortuguero national park costa rica

About the Destination

Tortuguero National Park is located in the Caribbean province of Limón, Costa Rica’s most culturally diverse province.

The research station is in a remote area of the rainforest, with limited access to and from the nearest towns. All transport is by boat and canoe on the green canals – the base is a one-hour boat journey away from the nearest shops, phones and internet facilities. This is a full-on jungle adventure!

The accommodation at the base is safe and comfortable, and usually shared. Camp duties are shared by rotation between all members of the team, lending to the sense of cooperation and camaraderie at the station.

You’ll be surrounded by the sounds of the rainforest, and within a stone’s throw of isolated Caribbean beaches. If you’re longing for an escape to the wilderness in one of the most beautiful places on Earth while doing valuable conservation work, this is the project for you – especially if you don’t mind getting dirty!

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

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Brochures

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