Sea Turtle Marine Conservation Program Pacific Coast

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Program Description

There are a variety of projects up and down the Pacific Coast, although the main sites are in Guanacaste and Puntarenas Provinces. There are projects close to towns and others that are remote and require a 4/4 vehicle and/or boat. As a volunteer with this program, you will be a part of preserving sea turtles by registering and monitoring nesting patterns, keeping records of eggs while shifting eggs to the hatchery. You will also conduct beach patrols and free newborns into the ocean. You do not need prior experience but it is important that you be adaptable to odd hours of work including the middle of the night. A lot of time will also be spent on the beach. Many hatching happen from July to November.

There projects are open to groups and individuals since all volunteers provide an important service to these preservation efforts. Make a difference and help a vulnerable population.

Night flights delay the beginning of programs by one day so it is ideal if you arrive in San Jose in the afternoon or morning.


Volunteers can decide the start date of their program with a Broader View Volunteer (ABV). You can come any day of the week on any flight. These are 100% tax deductible program fees, so please fundraise! We can help you with procuring a visa, finding affordable travel insurance, and planning flights. We are available for your questions, so please inquire today.


Project length: From 2 weeks to 6 weeks
Arrival Airport: San Jose (SJO)
Work Schedule: 6-8 hours per day, 6 days a week
Requirements: Basic Spanish, independent bus ride to/from project site
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers
Minimum Age: 12 to 17 yrs if traveling with parents
Airlines: American, United, Delta, US Airways, Copa, Taca, Avianca, Spirit Airways
Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid

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What`s Included

Program Schedule

Program starts and ends in San Jose
Airport pick up.
Project orientation and first night spent in San Jose.
Transfer to bus station, including bus ticket to project
Pick up at bus station and escort to project site on arrival at coast
6 days a week work shifts.
Morning and late night volunteer shifts including night patrols.
Transfer, bus fare back to San Jose.
Pick up, last night in San Jose.
Airport transfer to San Jose Airport provided.
Support: Local ABV Director support 24/7 during placement.
Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer.

Not included:

Flights. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

Program Locations

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Program Details

A Broader View Volunteers Corp
  • Costa Rica: Guanacaste
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-2 weeks, 1-3 months, 2-4 weeks
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
2 Week: US$1180 - 3 Weeks: US$1380 - 4 Weeks: US$1580 - 5 Weeks US$1750 - 6 Weeks: US$1890

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