Turtle conservation on a remote
tropical island?
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Enjoy the “Tico” lifestyle in Costa Rica

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  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    13+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates every Monday between Mar & Aug
  • From
    £200
  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    13+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates every Monday between Mar & Aug
  • From
    £200

Costa Rica Caribbean sea turtle conservation

There are no words that can describe this vital project that is located on a remote tropical island on the Caribbean Ocean – we shall try our best though!

This is your chance to go on a unique adventure where you will live life on the beach, enjoying the beauty of the remote island, the turtles and the friendly small community.

Set in one of the most stunning backdrops in the world, you really will get away from it all and enjoy the laid-back “Tico” lifestyle. This tropical island is paradise, with a population of just 28 and no roads or vehicles, you will get to explore the lush rain forests, deserted beaches, and the warm waters of the Caribbean.

"We volunteered in Costa Rica for 2 weeks and it was one of the most interesting and fun experiences we've ever had. We met some amazing people along the way, learnt so much about sea turtles and the accommodation and surroundings were beautiful."

Get hands-on conservation experience and make a valuable contribution to important research where you will play your part in securing the future of these endangered, fascinating and enigmatic creatures.

The hard work of our volunteers over the past few years has resulted in thousands more turtles making their way out to sea and since the project started, over 192,000 turtles have been released into the ocean.

The sad fact is that turtle populations around the world are plummeting. In such a tropical paradise, it is hard to imagine the extinction of the turtles, however, due to natural predations from animals and severe human interference this is fast becoming a reality.

One of the biggest problems in the area are poachers. Not only do they sell the turtle eggs that are mistaken to have many potent aphrodisiac powers, but they also use the adult turtles for their meat.

Another major concern is the increase in industrial fishing for tuna that results in many turtles getting caught in the large fishing nets.

Working alongside our resident biologist, the local community and other volunteers, you will be protecting nesting turtles and their eggs, and ensuring that more adult and baby turtles can make it safely to the sea.

You will be required to volunteer 7 days / nights a week on the project, but it won’t all be work with plenty of free time to relax and explore this beautiful island. Everyone will be assigned a rota for the week so you know exactly what you are doing and we can promise you that no 2 days will be the same!

After breakfast, everyone will come together for the morning meeting where you will hear all of the exciting stories from the night before! You will then carry out tasks for an hour or two followed by another hour after lunch. In the afternoon everyone relaxes in preparation for the nightly beach patrols that start from 7pm.

By carrying out daily night patrols, you will collect newly laid clutches of eggs and take them into our hatchery protection where they will have the best chances of survival. Witnessing turtles emerging from the sea under a glittering Milky Way is an unforgettable experience!

While guarding the hatchery, nests may explode at any minute with energetic little babies! You and one other volunteer will be responsible for measuring, weighing and releasing the hatchlings straight away.

Our hatchery is currently achieving a 65% survival success rate that is well above the normal figure if left in their natural nest site. With our hatchery looking after over 500 nests in any one season, your help is desperately needed to continue the huge success.

You will be staying and working on this remote island where all you will be able to hear is the tropical wildlife and the waves crashing down on the beach. Right behind the project lies, what people call “The Amazon of Costa Rica” where there are rain forests, rivers, canals and lagoons.

The area is not only unique in every way but is also famous as being the nesting site for many Leatherback and Green Sea Turtles who come to lay their eggs here.

This beautiful, pristine and remote wilderness paradise makes this programme unforgettable. With so much wildlife living around you, including; turtles, sloth bears, monkeys, fish, crocodiles, 145 species of birds, iguanas and even jaguars, we cannot think of any better way of spending our time than helping for such a good cause!

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