Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

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Program Description

Become a volunteer with sea turtles in Central America and help to protect this species through rehabilitation, rescue efforts, research, and conservation. We partnered with a local organization that is boasts an extensive network of educators, community leaders, managers, and biologists who are determined to help recovery and sustainably manage sea turtle populations. Situated in a remote region on the coast of the Caribbean, the Nesting Beach Project hosts Green Sea, Hawksbill, and Leatherback turtles who lay their eggs in this area.

Poachers would remove 100% of the eggs laid by the beautiful turtles without the interference and help of this organization. We are looking for volunteers to conduct nightly patrols of the beaches to help find recent turtles who have come ashore or nests. We relocate the eggs to the organizations’ hatchery to protect them until they are ready to hatch. We then safely return the baby turtles to the ocean. Traverse the breathtaking Tortuguero canals by boat to access the project and enjoy being surrounded by nature.


Volunteer responsibilities vary. Duties depend on the activity of the turtles and the time of year. You may be expected to:

Participate in maintaining the facility through daily duties
Release newly-hatched turtles into the ocean
Protect and maintain the hatchery
Tag sea turtles and measure their behavior
Collect eggs


None! We will teach you everything you need to know.

Volunteer Types

Animal welfare

What`s Included

Includes: Airport pick up and drop off (since these projects are in remote areas, your first night will be spent in volunteer housing in San Jose), accommodation, meals, on-site training, donation to Placement Partner, AEI Travel Manual,Partner Organization’s volunteer handbook, Placement Partner t-shirt, $10 Credit in our Zazzle store (towards the purchase of recycled water bottles, reusable bags, etc), American and Canadian clients get 50% off at the online AEI IceBreaker store, Emergency support while at Placement, Carbon credits to offset 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, Premium Individual Travel Insurance (up to $500, 000 USD in emergency medical coverage), Travel discounts (throug

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Program Locations

Limon, Costa Rica

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Program Details

Animal Experience International
  • Costa Rica: Limon
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-2 weeks
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
2 weeks $1955
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