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8 turtle-y awesome reasons to volunteer in Costa Rica

Cute baby turtles? Check. Sunshine? Check. AH-mazing beaches? Check. Tempted? We thought so…

1. Nursing baby turtles

You’ll get to play parent and hang with the baby turtles, caring for them at the hatchery before releasing them into the wild. Cue warm and fuzzy feeling.

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2. Litter picking with a view

Dip your toes into the Pacific, spot monkeys and crack open a coconut – all on the daily litter pick. These daily exercises are crucial to collect the harmful litter washed up onshore, or left behind by pesky humans.

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3. The locals

Costa Rica’s national mantra is “Pura Vida” (pure life), and one thing you’ll learn very quickly about Costa Rica is that the locals are super friendly. On the project you’ll spend hours with the rangers, hearing stories about deadly snake bites, pranks and ancient cloud forest myths.

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4. Be the next Indiana Jones

Clamber across rocks, trek through the rainforest and patrol the beaches by just the light of the moon. These night patrols are vital in protecting the sea turtle nests, as poachers usually strike at night while turtles lay eggs and nest.

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5. Make an impact

Fin fact. Turtles return to the exact same beach where they were born to mate and lay their eggs. By helping with tagging the turtles and their hatchlings, the project can collect crucial data like this. Plus, you’ll turtle-y impress your mates with your insane turtle knowledge.

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6. Stargazing

Turtles are not the only awesome part of volunteering in Costa Rica, the surrounding cloud forest and beaches are pretty epic too. With little light pollution, you can get your inner astronomer on and spot a dwarf galaxy or two on the night patrols. Costa Rica is one of the few places in the northern hemisphere where this is possible.

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7. Go little turtles, go!

After caring for these baby turtles, it feels extra special to release them and watch them paddle off. You’ll feel like a proud parent as you see them take their first dip into the Pacific Ocean.

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8. Rewarding

This kind of project is hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun and no one day is the same as the next. From moving sand from the beach to the hatchery, weighing and tagging turtles, patrolling the beach and monitoring the nests; you definitely won’t be bored or short of things to do.

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We hope this has given you a little bit of an insight into volunteering in Costa Rica. Take a look at some of our volunteering trips and give something back to the awesome world we live in.