Option 4

It is located in Southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.The project is administered by the Community Association, led mostly by women.

Through voluntary and sustainable ecotourism focused on turtle protection is working daily in community work related to monitoring and nesting of endangered turtles, namely the Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), Hawksbill (Eretmochelis imbricatta) and Green Chelonia mydas).

In addition the association daily struggle to create community awareness regarding the importance of protecting these animals in a controlled manner has an income for families through ecotourism.

Participation Fee per person:                                                         

•    One  week $800 USD
      •    Two weeks $1200 USD
      •    Each additional week $350 USD

Fee include

-Pick up airport in an out.
-Two nights hostel in San Jose (one at the begining, one at the end).
-Transport to the community.
-Accommodation and food (3 meals every day)with a local family, at the project station or overflow cabins.
-Staff support 24/7

Fee not include

-In country transportation.
-Phone cards.
-Medical / Accident insurance.


Volunteer Tasks:

•    Night Beach Patrols: Approximately 3 hour walks monitoring sea turtle nesting activity.
•    Data Register: Egg Collection, Turtle Measuring and Tagging.
•    Hatcheries: Nest relocation and hatchling release after incubation period.
•    Community Interaction (optional): English lessons at local school, college andmembers of the association; also environmental education, Art programs, local tours…
•    Construction and nursery care (for nests of turtle eggs)
•    Cleaning the beach (at least once a month organized by the community)
•    Construction of houses and other infrastructure to facilitate patrols and stay of visitorsand volunteers on the observation of nesting.


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