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Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation

  • 7Day(s)
  • Trip Code: STSJOTUR

This Pacific sea turtle project fights to improve the chance of survival for endangered turtle hatchings. Night time is the exciting time when a lot of work is needed - beach patrols to locate nesting turtles and relocate the nests, collecting data on turtles, and releasing them into the ocean. During the day everyone pitches in to keep the beach free of dangerous litter, monitor nests to prevent eggs from being eaten and help keen the volunteer dorm clean.

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Introduction

You might like to think of yourself as a seasoned globetrotter but you've got nothing on sea turtles, who travel up to 10,000 miles a year on their own flippers. But with egg poaching and climate change threatening their very existence, their journey often gets off to a hairy start. Join the project and support a community-led effort to improve the chance of survival for endangered hatchlings on Playa Montezuma. You'll take part in night patrols, monitor the beach and the local hatchery, assist with important data collection and help keep the area clean and safe for its hard-shelled residents. If you're lucky, you'll even get to wave the baby turtles on their way and witness that glorious scramble towards the sea.

Day 1: Arrival San Jose

Today is at your leisure, so arrive into the city and head over to your hostel where you will be staying for the first night.

Day 2: Transfer to Playa Punta Mala

Wake up today and meet the other volunteers that you will be spending the next few weeks with! Today you will get a lot more information about the project and how you are going to help. You will be given an orientation at 11am and then transfers to the project in a shared shuttle - this shuttle will drop you off around 1km from the entrance of the project.

Day 3-6: Volunteering Playa Punta Mala

Your time as a volunteer truly begins from now so get settled into volunteering life! Activities will include night patrols along the beach, data collection, beach clean-up and area maintenance, monitoring of the baby turtle hatchery, counting baby turtles and releasing them - depending on the season. Your days are very busy so be prepared for hard work with lots of reward! Turtle conservation is 24 hours per day! The hatchery is monitored in 2 or 3 hour shifts all day and night, and the night patrols can run in 4 hour shifts from 7pm through until 4am - generally volunteers will work alternate hatchery and night patrols during the night. During the day, volunteers will work from 6am until 11am in beach cleaning, maintenance and house cleaning. There may also be some light work in the afternoons. In your spare time enjoy the very sleepy beach-side town of Playa Punta Mala. Leisure activities can include surf lessons, relaxing on the beach and enjoying legendary sunsets.

Day 7: Departure Day

Today is your final day! Pack up your things and head on out!

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  • TRIP NAME: COSTA RICA SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION
  • DURATION: 7 DAYS
  • FROM PRICE: POA
  • TRIP CODE: STSJOTUR
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You will visit

  • Costa Rica

Is this for me?

  • Trip Style: Volunteer
  • Physical Demands: You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.

What's included?

- 6 nights accommodation
- Volunteering experience
- Some meals