Estación Las Tortugas
Focus: Conservation and Marine biology.
Estación Las Tortugas is a sea turtle nesting project to help protect the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle from the illegal poaching and to help its recovery on an national and international level. It’s situated on a 3km beach on the Caribbean coast of Costa.
The Station’s goal is to conserve the turtles and their habitat together with promoting awareness and education through its education programme which includes the Education Centre “Las Siete Quillas”.
Volunteers are of utmost importance as this could not be a successful project without them. Schools, students, groups, individual volunteers and researchers all contribute to the success and development of the project.
Costs & Benefits
Volunteers are very important to us! Thanks to them we have been able to run the project a lot more smoothly and this brings additional value to our work. No special skills are needed as full training will be provided before you are expected to carry out any work.
A good level of either English or Spanish is essential however. Spanish at a basic level is very useful if you are English speaking, as the majority of our staff only speak Spanish. However the basics are very easy and quick to pick up!
The most important requirement to become a volunteer here at the station is to have a strong motivation to protect the environment as the work can sometimes be carried out in not the best of conditions (eg. torrential downpours, sand fleas, irregular sleeping hours). There will be opportunities to generate ideas, use your creativity and take responsibility in many occasions. Longer visits are encouraged in order for you to get the most out of the experience.
The official turtle season runs from the 15th March - 15th July (although turtles start appearing from the end of February). Our busiest season is April and May, although we could always use some help before the start of the season, to help get the project up and running.
The following prices cover transportation from the airport and first night's accommodation in San Jose if needed, transportation whether by public transport or private transport to the project site from San Jose, all accommodation and food while at the project site and your training.
When you leave for the airport, the accommodation in San Jose and airport transfer is included at no extra charge. Please note that these prices do not apply for student groups coming for 2/3 nights. Also note that these prices are subject to change, so please get in touch with us for up to date fees.
1 week = $250; 2 weeks = $450; 3 weeks = $650; 1 month = $850; 2 months = $750/month; >3 months = $650/month
No specific skills required, just enthusiasm, willingness to work and ability to live in basic conditions and high humidity levels. Volunteers aged 18 and over, able to speak basic Spanish would be a bonus.
Estación Las Tortugas
Playa Mondonguillo, Matina, Provincia de Limón, Costa Rica
Location:Provincia de Limón, Costa Rica
Average cost per day: $20 (based on 3 month stay)
Focus: Conservation and marine biology
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and English speaking, basic Spanish would be a bonus.