Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteering Costa Rica
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
The Corcovado Foundation sea turtle conservation and volunteering program is now in its 12th year and we need all hands on board!
We offer the opportunity for people who wants to make a difference and actively participate in the conservation of endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa Peninsula.
As a volunteer, you will take part in conservation, environmental education and ecotourism activities. You will meet new people and can immerse yourself in pristine wilderness and genuine Costa Rican culture. Our successful strategy works to combine environmental education and conservation activities to give local communities a viable socioeconomic alternative to poaching.
Your financial contribution not only will be used for your room and board, but also will help us pay for supplies, and the salaries of biologists that will work with you. You will be contributing with your talent and your financial support to maintain the program.
This year, the Corcovado Foundation will be working at Playa Rincon and the Río Oro Wildlife Reserve.
Thank you for sharing your passion and experience about the turtle program, ecotourism and the community. It has been an amazing, enriching experience.
Volunteering for the 2017 Season
In 2017, we will focus our activities on 2 turtle projects in the Osa Peninsula: Rio Oro and Rincón. You can choose one, or visit them all during your stay. Once there, you will be part of and collaborate directly with the local organization and the community.
Placements are available from
01 July – 31 December.
Minimum stay: Two weeks. In order to optimize the orientation and training process, all volunteers must begin their placements on Tuesdays.
Requirements: Aged 18 or over, in good physical condition, with a basic Spanish or English. You must be friendly, communicative and able to work in extreme weather conditions for 4-6 hours per day. You must have a medical travel insurance policy for the duration of your stay.
Rincón de San Josecito:
At Rincón, we are joining efforts with the Osa Foundation. This dedicated organization has been protecting the beaches of Rincon and San Josecito for more than 10 years and have stopped the small population of sea turtles in this special place from disappearing forever. Rincón is a secluded and beautiful beach which has been nesting grounds of 3 types of sea turtles. Unfortunately, they don’t have the scientific and logistical resources needed to develop it further. That’s where we come in. With your help, we can double the patrolling activities on the beach, collect more data and protect these amazing reptiles.
Carate, Rio Oro- COTORCO:
On the other hand, COTORCO in Playa Rio Oro is working very hard to protect this beach that hosts over 3000 nests per year! Their community is very small, but very committed to the cause. We have joined forces since 2015 to protect one of the most important nesting beaches in the South Pacific. But they need more boots on the ground and more financial support.
You can make this happen, e-mail us and find out more.
About the Work
As a volunteer you will take part in sea turtle conservation activities, including night patrols, relocating nests, recording scientific data, tagging of turtles, nest exhumations and the liberation of hatchlings. You may also be required to work on eco-tourism, environmental education and construction activities.
What about Free Time?
We know that volunteers come not only to work but also to discover the incredible nature of the Osa Peninsula. Each of the projects offers the possibility of unforgettable tours and activities such as kayaking, horseback riding, rural tourism and farm activities, trips to Isla del Cano and Corcovado National Park, or simply hiking around on surrounding rainforest trails… countless opportunities for the nature-lover.
How much does it cost?
Rincón: $35 per night or $30 per night for volunteers who stay 28 nights or more.
Rio Oro: $40 per night or $35 per night for volunteers who stay more than 28 nights.
This amount covers accommodation, three meals per day and training. It does not cover the arrival and departure costs, nor tours and spending money.
Important Note: There are no ATMs in Drake Bay, but almost all establishments accept credit and debit card. The nearest ATM is in Puerto Jiménez, and volunteers participating in the programs may travel there on their days off if needed.
Please complete the Volunteer Registration Form and send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival. You will receive a confirmation email, along with a comprehensive Volunteer Orientation Manual with detailed information about transportation, what to bring and what to expect.
Payment for your stay must be received before you arrive. In order to pay, please use this secure link and select ‘Volunteer Program’. Please note that payment for the first two weeks is non-refundable.
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