Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica

Our expert partners in conservation volunteering arrange for your family to work alongside marine conservationists and biologists in Costa Rica, helping out with important turtle-protection work, beach patrols and campaigns while staying in traditional, locally-owned cabins near the beach.
San Jose One week of volunteering with sea turtles Options for longer volunteering stays Local community cabin accommodation Local cooking Monitoring turtle nests Protecting turtle hatchlings Turtle releases Costa Rica Pacific coast
Price
£749 excluding flights
Duration
7 Days
Type
Tailor made
Reviews
Accessibility
More info
Adults (16+): 1 week £849pp, 2 weeks £1308pp Kids: 1 week £749pp, 2 weeks £1208pp Includes accommodation & food on the project and some local trips.
Suitable for kids 5+
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Description of Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica

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Price information

£749 excluding flights
Adults (16+): 1 week £849pp, 2 weeks £1308pp Kids: 1 week £749pp, 2 weeks £1208pp Includes accommodation & food on the project and some local trips.
Suitable for kids 5+
Make enquiry

Departure information

Tailor made: Flexible departures July - December (nesting season)

Travel guides

Costa Rica volunteering
contributing to wildlife conservation and living like a local at the same time.
Costa Rica wildlife

Vacation information

US pricing:
The currency converter above works on todays exchange rate. We do take bookings in USD but the price is set at a rate confirmed months in advance and is typically above the current exchange rate. Please inquire for details.
Diet:
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
LGBTQIA+
Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.

Accessibility

Accessible overview:
There are challenges associated with volunteer travel, and these can make accessible travel difficult. However, we are very keen to chat with travelers with specific needs to see if we can make a trip possible.

Reviews

11 Reviews of Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica

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“Ruth was really keen on working with turtles, and because we live by the sea in Whitby, we thought it would be really nice to have the sea by us again. And it is just a totally different country, different culture, sights and smells, so all that appealed to us. ”

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2019 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was the people who we worked along side, and seeing the mama turtles and the baby turtles.. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2019 by

Five stars - one of the best vacations I've ever had! We had fun with the other people who were working there at the same time, and there was plenty to do to keep us busy, both working and playing. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2019 by

One night we were walking along the length of the beach in the dead of night and could clearly see the Milky Way illuminated and lots of shooting stars, whilst holding the hands of my three little girls and my husband - it was the most magical experience we had and an overwhelming sense of peace and happiness. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2019 by

Totally life changing experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019 by

We were super blessed to have witnessed every part of the life cycle of the Olive Ridley turtle and even had the chance to see a green turtle! Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2019 by

The whole family had a really great time with lovely people, very helpful and friendly and with much contact with turtles, adults and hatchlings. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2018 by

Most memorable? - The friendliness of the people, the beautiful surroundings, we were on the beach surrounded by lush green. The musical cacophony of all the surrounding wildlife...It really was a fantastic vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2018 by

Absolutely to be recommended. An amazing experience for all of us. Our daughters (age 14 and 9) enjoyed every minute. It's a vacation we will always remember. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Oct 2018 by

Going out on patrol late in the evening, with clear skies and being able to see the whole Milky Way and shooting stars, following by finding a turtle and rescuing the eggs as the turtle was laying them...were the most memorable parts of the vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2017 by

The whole vacations was an amazing experience, from seeing the turtles and collecting the eggs to visiting the school for a celebration day and learning to surf. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2015 by

Amazing, so humbling, incredible to think we could do a little bit to help and have fun at the same time. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Wildlife
The threat of extinction for sea turtles is very real. Projects such as this are playing an important role in stemming this decline. You will be working with a well-respected marine conservation and research organization, staffed by biologists and enthusiastic volunteers. Turtle protection is an important aspect of its work, but it also campaigns against pollution, unsustainable and inhumane fishing practices too.

Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travelers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, and electricity usage.

We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.

Transport
We use public transport as our main means of transportation to the project sites. This reduces emissions and invests in the local economy and infrastructure.

People

Meeting local needs
Many in the local community rely on the marine environment for their livelihood (whether through fishing or tourism). The work of charities such as this is essential to safeguard their future. The organisation provides some paid work locally, but has to rely on extra help from volunteers to be able to protect the turtles effectively. As well as protecting the turtles, you will also contribute directly to the local economy, eating, shopping and using leisure facilities in the surrounding area.

Cultural sensitivity
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in Costa Rica’s rural communities. One of our greatest achievements on this project is for local residents to have chosen to help volunteer on this project to protect their environment. This has been a huge change, as traditionally they would use the turtle eggs for cooking or for aphrodisiac purposes.

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