Are you interested in volunteering with wild life? If so, why not become a Costa Rica Sea Turtle Volunteer?
This opportunity gives you a chance to experience sea turtle wild life up close and personal in their natural hatching habitat. You can become a sea turtles volunteer and volunteer overseas in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Caribbean and Pacific. Learn more about this opportunity below.
Through the Broader View volunteer network, we offer several sea turtle volunteer programs. These include our Costa Rica Sea Turtles Caribbean program, Sea Turtle Internship program, and our Costa Rica Pacific volunteer program. Let’s take a look at each opportunity and what you can expect if you sign up.
Our Costa Rica sea turtles volunteers work in the most important park in Costa Rica for sea turtles. The entire west half of the Caribbean is the nesting ground of the green turtle. These fragile animals lay their eggs on the coast allowing their offspring to instinctively crawl straight to the sea after hatching.
Volunteers who sign up for our Caribbean program are connected with a team who asks them to monitor and register nesting patterns, record the number of eggs laid, aid in moving eggs to the hatchery, work as beach patrols, and help newborns on their way to the sea. No experience is required for this program, but you may be asked to work odd hours, including in the middle of the night.
Program Requirements: Must stay at least two weeks, but may stay as long as six weeks. Solo travelers must be at least 18 years old. Must be willing to work for up to 8 hours a day, six days a week. Groups and individuals are welcome.
Maya Barnes Review: “This program was really amazing and the work done benefits not only the turtles but the ABV volunteers and also the locals. Most every local that I talked to about the program was so thankful for our work, and I think that is very important”.
For those who wish to volunteer overseas and gain experience as an intern, our internship program is the perfect fit. With the aid of volunteers through our internship opportunities, we are able to improve the development of conservation resources as well as investigate better avenues for doing so.
We work specifically with the biological environment of the Central American tropics. Volunteers for this role should be individuals who are seeking a rewarding experience for their gap year project. During your time with our team, you’ll learn about a culture different than your own, explore new customs and languages, and enjoy the rich hospitality of the Costa Rican and Latin American environment.
Program Requirements: The internship program requires you to stay for up to 12 weeks. You’ll be tasked with assisting other volunteers in their assigned roles, learn the methodology for data collection and basic biology, and be responsible for the maintenance and use of tools and equipment for the facilities.
Review Brody Stevenson: “I felt safe having the dogs of the program around; they make sure other animals don’t eat the turtle eggs”.
If you want to be a sea turtles volunteer, our Costa Rica Pacific sea turtle program is the perfect fit. We offer several programs which are located along the Pacific Coast with the primary projects existing in the Puntarenas and Guanacaste provinces. Our project locations include both secluded locations and village locales. Volunteers are given the chance to work on important preservation programs that desperately need assistance.
Program Requirements: No experience is necessary, but keep in mind that some shifts occur in the middle of the night. Projects range from two to six weeks, and you must be willing to work 6-8 hours a day, 6 days per week. You can come as an individual or as a group.
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If you want to volunteer overseas and are looking for a way to contribute positively to the environment, our sea turtle programs are highly recommended. Sign up today to become a Costa Rica Sea turtle volunteer.