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Sea Turtle Conservation Program

Please find below basic information about the program and how you can become a volunteer. Lots of useful information can also be found in the Volunteer Orientation Manual, which can be downloaded here.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Program Coordinator Rob at if you have any questions or would like to reserve a placement.

Placements are available: from 01 July – 15 December

Location: The Community of El Progreso, Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Duties:You will take part in various conservation activities as a member of the team of investigators at the program. Activities include night patrols, relocation of nests to the hatchery, recording scientific data, tagging of turtles, looking after the hatchery, construction activities, nest exhumations, liberation of hatchlings and taking part in environmental education and ecotourism activities.

Accommodation: There are two types of accommodation offered by the program: private rooms in homestay houses in the village, and a shared dormitory at the main camp. All volunteers must stay in homestay for at least 7 nights and are encouraged to remain in homestay throughout the duration of their stay. However, limited space is available at the main camp and volunteers may apply to stay there for some of their stay. Both options include three meals per day plus snacks for night patrols.

Costs: Both accommodation options cost $25 per night, or $20 per night for volunteers staying 28 nights or more.

Transportation:We recommend that you use the ‘bus and boat’ option to reach the program from San José, or fly from San José to Drake Bay with Nature Air using a ‘Pura Vida pass’ if space is available on the flights ($45 one-way, plus any over-weight charges). Please read the information regarding transportation on p15 of the Volunteer Orientation Manual.

Minimum stay: 2 weeks.

Languages: English or Spanish.

Requirements: We are looking for volunteers aged 18 or over, in good physical condition, with a basic knowledge of Spanish or English. You need to be friendly, communicative and able to work in extreme weather conditions for 4-6 hours per day. You must have your own travel medical insurance policy for the duration of your stay at the program.

Some notes:
There is no ATM in Drake Bay, so please make sure that you bring enough cash with you for the duration of your stay. Please read the information regarding money matters on p13 of the Volunteer Orientation Manual.
You will have one free day each week, during which you may choose to go on a tour, spend time with your host family, or just relax at the main camp.

We recommend the following accommodation options in San José:
Hostel Urbano, Telephone: +506 2281 0707
Costa Rica Backpackers, Telephone: +506 2221 6191
Hostel Bekuo, Telephone: +506 2234 1091.

In order to participate in our volunteer program, please complete a Volunteer Registration Form, which can be downloaded here, and send it by email to with a scanned copy of your passport at least 2 weeks before the start of your participation. In order to pay, please use this secure link and select the ‘Volunteer Program’ button:

We look forward to receiving you at the program!

Volunteer Opportunities