Volunteer with sea turtles in Costa Rica

with Oyster Worldwide

newspaper Marine Conservation
location South America
start date July to December1 – 12 weeks
salary Volunteer project
accommodation includedAccommodation included
food and meals3 meals per day provided at the project site
training providedTraining provided

Oyster Worldwide offer a very personal service with detailed preparation and support before, during and when you return from travel. Pre-departure services include a phone or skype interview and full briefing on what to expect. We advise on safety, cultural issues, flights, what to take, currency and what life will be like in your chosen destination. Oyster Worldwide pride themselves on selecting projects that we believe are genuinely worthwhile. Every project has been visited by a member of the Oyster team and vetted for excellence.

Volunteer with sea turtles in Costa Rica

gap year project highlights Highlights

Witnessing nesting turtles emerging from the sea at night under a glittering Milky Way
Watching hundreds of baby turtles clamber out of their nest – and then releasing them back to the ocean
Swinging in a hammock on a golden sand beach looking over the rolling waves – is this heaven on Earth?
Meeting the locals, eating their yummy food and being welcomed into their friendly community

typical day What's it like

A typical day on this gap year project

Days will vary, but typical tasks include beach patrols, usually a few hours each night. Once eggs have been collected, participants are also needed in the hatchery to monitor incubation periods and hatching. Conservation tasks also include beach cleans, classes and workshops on conservation and research tasks. Local children may also pop by to practice their English and for help with their homework. Helping to protect sea turtles from the threats of poaching, predation and confusion by lights from the town is vital to ensure the survival of the population. Volunteers help to sustain the conservation efforts, ensuring that the local community are aware of the work and support it. There is plenty of time off in which you can enjoy the stunning beaches of Costa Rica, explore the local area, play games, surf and snorkel.

ideal candidate Project Requirements

Who would be a suitable participant?

Participants must be aged 17+ and have a good level of fitness.

our offer Project Benefits

What we can offer you

Support from the Oyster office and in-county volunteer supervisor, financial protection (ATOL or IPP), orientation on arrival, accommodation, food.


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