Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation

From £599.00

Highlights

Learn to surf during your free time

Trip Highlights

  • Releasing tiny baby turtles into the sea
  • Helping to construct a turtle hatchery
  • Collecting eggs you find on the beach, and taking them to the hatchery (“vivero”) for protection
  • Searching for marked turtles and collecting data
  • Live on the pacific coast of central America with it’s beautiful beaches

Trip Summary

For the turtle species to continue to exist, much help is needed from both local communities and volunteers. One way in which you can help is to assist during the turtle-nesting season, and this turtle conservation project in Costa Rica provides you with the opportunity to do just that.

At present, only a tiny number of the eggs laid will grow to become an adult turtle. Human interference cannot be held solely responsible; however, our behaviour has greatly diminished turtle population sizes.

 

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip itinerary

The aim of the project is to help protect and preserve some natural nesting sites that do not hold an official category of protection from the Costa Rican Government.

Four different species of sea turtles frequent the Pacific coast of Costa Rica - Lora (olive ridley), Negra (green turtle), Carey (hawksbill) and Baula (leatherback turtle).

These species are in danger of extinction as a result of various human activities such as infrastructure development, light pollution, transportation of vehicles and the capture of adult turtles.

This means it is increasingly important to help conserve nesting sites, which are crucial to the continued existence of the turtles; by volunteering on this amazing programme you will be able to play your part in securing the future of these fascinating creatures.

During your time as a volunteer on this programme you may undertake various activities such as those listed below. These activities may depend on the project you are located at:

  • Helping to construct a turtle hatchery
  • Describing the nesting dynamics of the female sea turtles that arrive on the beach, enabling their protection for the next season
  • Protecting and closely monitoring the recovered eggs in the hatchery
  • Patrolling the beach to look for sea turtles and nests at night, on a rotational basis
  • Usually for two or four hours, however during the high season, the patrols could last up to four or five hours
  • Marking turtles that are nesting, trying to build a nest or returning to the ocean
    Searching for marked turtles and collecting data
  • Collecting the eggs you find on the beach, and taking them to the hatchery ("vivero") for protection
  • Gathering information on the whole process by monitoring the hatchery and keeping track of every event
  • Releasing "neonatos" (baby sea turtles) from the hatchery, by taking them to the beach and letting them go near the ocean
  • Helping with maintenance of the facilities of the project (the shelter), and ensuring the beach is kept clean during the day
  • Planting trees in different areas of the beach and town

Destination Information

Costa Rica is a very popular destination, with attractions that appeal to all tastes it is easy to see why. Costa Rica's national parks are its greatest glory, resulting from a desire to conserve the outstanding natural beauty and encouragement of eco-tourism.

These parks contain some of the best campsites in the world. The country has a stunning variety of landscapes, microclimates plus flora and fauna, making it a haven for nature lovers.

You will be based at one of five project locations for your programme, this will be decided by our in-country team and is dependent on the project needs at the time of your visit:

  • Buena Vista, located 3km from Samara, Guanacaste
  • Refugio de Vida Silvestre Playa Hermosa/ Punta Mala, Garabito,Puntarenas (opens June 2016)
  • Montezuma, Cóbano, Puntarenas
  • Playa Zapotillal, Pirates Bay, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste
  • Playa Junquillal, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste

Trip Notes

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • All meals during the project (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Support from in-country co-ordinators
  • 24-hours emergency support number

What's Not Included

  • All flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Return airport transfer
  • Local transport
  • Items of a personal nature including spending money

Additional Information & FAQ's

Minimum Age & Eligibility

Minimum age 18, maximum dependent on health and fitness of potential participant.

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

 

Accomodation & Meals

On arrival into Costa Rica, you will be taken to a hostel in Alajuela where you will spend one or two nights (depending on the bus schedule to the project location) during your orientation.

Following this you will transfer to your project location, this will be decided by our in-country team, and is determined by the requirements of the project at the time of your visit.

Buena Vista: The accommodation at the project is very basic and rustic; however it is comfortable and has a great, relaxed atmosphere. There will be no electricity; however a shower and a bathroom are available (cold water only).

Refugio Playa Hermosa/Punta Mala: There are two stations at this wild life refuge where accommodation is on a camp site, however a shower and a bathroom are available (cold water only).  Limited 110V electricity available.

Montezuma: The accommodation at the project is very basic and rustic located in the village of Montezuma within walking distance to the beach where volunteer work takes place. There is electricity.  Shower and a bathroom are available (cold water only).

Zapotillal/Pirate´s Bay: The accommodation at the project is basic and rustic located on the hill within walking distance to the beach where volunteer work takes place. There is electricity.  Shower and a bathroom are available (cold water only).

Junquillal: The accommodation at the project is basic and rustic located in the village of Junquillal within walking distance to the beach where volunteer work takes place. There is electricity.  Shower and a bathroom are available (cold water only).

There is an on-site cook at all locations who will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for you while at the project. Meals will mainly consist of beans, pasta, rice, meat, cereals and a variety of vegetables and seasonal fruits.

FAQs

Is It Ok To Be A Vegetarian?

Yes that's fine as the food is mainly beans, rice, vegetables and fruit.

What Are The Start Dates?

The 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.

What Are The Durations Of This Trip?

1 to 4 weeks.

Do I Have To Know Spanish To Take Part On This Placement?

It’s helpful to have a basic knowledge of Spanish. You can take part on a week’s Spanish school before you start your volunteer project.

Extra Notes

Visa Information

For all other nationals that are not listed you should contact your closest embassy/commission to see what your requirements are to get your tourist visa.

Please note that you will need to pay approximately US$29 in departure tax when you leave Costa Rica.

Reviews

Overall Rating: (8/10)

4 Reviews

I've done this trip

Write review

shona hathway

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

Please rate the service provided by the team in country

How do you rate your arrival overseas and orientation (if applicable)?

Please rate the accommodation during your stay

What were the highlights of your trip?

Working with the turtles, seeing the baby turtles come up through the sand. The amazing country, the wildlife - what an amazing country.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No but the people running our project became ill and we were left with not enough to do

Tips for other travellers?

Take bug spray, learn the language (if possible)

Any other comments?

It was an amazing experience and I would do it again, but feel we were let down because the people were running became ill and I felt I was left with too much leisure time in a location where I could not have a proper 'holiday' , i.e. shopping, eating out etc.

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

Please rate the service provided by the team in country

Please rate the accommodation during your stay

What were the highlights of your trip?

Having the beach 100m in front of me and the jungle 200m behind. Being able to work with amazing animals in a fantastic location.

Tips for other travellers?

1) Learn some spanish (trust me, you'll need it if only to have a small conversation). 2) Don't forget you're in the jungle, so be prepared for the humidity. 3) Take bite cream, the sand fleas at me alive!

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

Please rate the service provided by the team in country

Please rate the accommodation during your stay

What were the highlights of your trip?

Volunteering on both the Caribbean and Pacific side was amazing, would go again if I could. Seeing baby turtles waddling to the sea, watching the big turtles lay eggs... completely unforgettable and worthwhile.

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

Please rate the service provided by the team in country

Please rate the accommodation during your stay

What were the highlights of your trip?

-releasing the baby sea turtles into the ocean -watching the sunrise during my hatchery watch -found some new friends from all over the world -peaceful and quiet beach surroundings dotted with the Costa Rica culture and foliage -learning about the culture and the nearby school

Tips for other travellers?

-be prepared to go with the flow and laugh about it -while there, be open to new opportunities -treasure your time in another country

When Do I Want To go?

Showing all departures (100)

Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 18th Dec 2016 £599 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 18th Dec 2016 £1,199 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 18th Dec 2016 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 18th Dec 2016 £999 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 1st Jan 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 1st Jan 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 1st Jan 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 1st Jan 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 15th Jan 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 15th Jan 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 15th Jan 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 15th Jan 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 5th Feb 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 5th Feb 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 5th Feb 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 5th Feb 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 19th Feb 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 19th Feb 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 19th Feb 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 19th Feb 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 5th Mar 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 5th Mar 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 5th Mar 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 5th Mar 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 19th Mar 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 19th Mar 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 19th Mar 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 19th Mar 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 2nd Apr 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 2nd Apr 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 2nd Apr 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 2nd Apr 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 16th Apr 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 16th Apr 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 16th Apr 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 16th Apr 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 7th May 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 7th May 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 7th May 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 7th May 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 21st May 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 21st May 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 21st May 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 21st May 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 4th Jun 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 4th Jun 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 4th Jun 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 4th Jun 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 18th Jun 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 18th Jun 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 18th Jun 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 18th Jun 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 2nd Jul 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 2nd Jul 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 2nd Jul 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 2nd Jul 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 16th Jul 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 16th Jul 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 16th Jul 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 16th Jul 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 6th Aug 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 6th Aug 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 6th Aug 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 6th Aug 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 20th Aug 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 20th Aug 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 20th Aug 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 20th Aug 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 3rd Sep 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 3rd Sep 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 3rd Sep 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 3rd Sep 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 17th Sep 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 17th Sep 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 17th Sep 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 17th Sep 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 1st Oct 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 1st Oct 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 1st Oct 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 1st Oct 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 15th Oct 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 15th Oct 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 15th Oct 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 15th Oct 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 5th Nov 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 5th Nov 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 5th Nov 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 5th Nov 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 19th Nov 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 19th Nov 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 19th Nov 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 19th Nov 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 3rd Dec 2017 £1,139 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 3rd Dec 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 3rd Dec 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 3rd Dec 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 2 weeks 17th Dec 2017 £799 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 1 week 17th Dec 2017 £659 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 3 weeks 17th Dec 2017 £949 Book Now
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 4 weeks 17th Dec 2017 £1,139 Book Now

Get a Brochure

Real Gap Experience Brochure

No thanks, I don't like free stuff.

×

Ask a Question

Got a Question? We've got loads of travel tips and advice!

×

Get Flights Quote

Flights Icon
×

Enter your E-mail and get

Trip Notes

No thanks

×