Turtle conservation in Costa Rica

Price
£495 excluding flights
Duration
7 Days
Type
Tailor made
Group size
15 - 18 people
Reviews
More info
This project is available for up to 12 weeks.
Families can join this project with children from 9 years old.
Offers
The team in Costa Rica are looking for volunteers to help them research and protect turtles and other tropical wildlife on the Southern Pacific Coast. Flexible and free date changes – personal support from our friendly team
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Description of Turtle conservation in Costa Rica

Price information

£495 excluding flights
This project is available for up to 12 weeks.
Families can join this project with children from 9 years old.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Travel guides

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

Vacation information

Diet:
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.

Reviews

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Watching a turtle rise out of the ocean, find her place, nest and return was amazing. We were there for every moment and it was incredibly special. We were able to work with hatchlings also. The trip involved a lot of education about the environment, turtles, recycling, and local culture. It was so much more than we expected.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Pack mindfully. The project sites are very remote and you will not be running to the store to get things. If you are looking to disconnect from your day-to-day life, this will do it.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We learned about how the turtle projects contribute to many facets of the community. They support local transportation, create many jobs, help at the school, educate the residents and more. The project impacts so much more than just the wildlife.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This was a trip and an adventure. We enjoyed the adventure but it was different from a typical "vacation". Consider that it will be less " fun" but far more meaningful than a normal trip.

Responsible Travel

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Planet

For over 10 years, the project has been run as a non-profit research and education center by members of the local community and Costa Rican scientists. It therefore has been able to form strong links with the local community to educate them on the importance of protecting Costa Rica’s incredible wildlife and help provide them opportunities to live in an environmentally sustainable way.

A main objective of the project’s work is to protect coastal marine resources and develop a model of sustainable ecological tourism. Since the project was founded, local staff and volunteers have worked together to release over 60,000 turtle hatchlings and protect over 172 acres of land.

Olive Ridley turtles which account for nearly all turtle encounters in the area, are categorised as ‘vulnerable’ according to the IUCN Red List of Endangered species so their protection is vitally important. There is also a lack of data about this species and so the data that the project collects is incredibly important for building this knowledge base.

The team also contribute to government conservation management research - to help find the most effective way to protect coastal species at local, national, and international levels. A part of this work involves identifying coastal species that are most at risk in the region.

People

Social responsibility: Before volunteers depart we provide them with a detailed volunteering guide on the area they will be visiting. We try to educate and encourage our volunteers to understand and respect the local cultures and customs.

Economic responsibility: For over 15 years we have been recruiting volunteers to help at charitable projects around the world. A UK charity has been launched to build on this success by providing financial assistance to overseas causes as well. The organisations we work with are often struggling to fund the work they are doing so every penny raised makes a real difference.

This is a locally run organisation, providing employment for local Costa Rican staff. The project also provides opportunities for Costa Rican scientists to work collaboratively with researchers at international universities to encourage them to further develop their research skills.

While volunteers are in-country, they stay in locally run research center and we encourage them to buy locally and support local businesses. Volunteers are also able to assist with a community outreach project where children from the local community can attend the ‘open classroom’ and summer camps - to learn about environmental issues and get involved in local beach clean ups.

Environmental responsibility: While our volunteers and customers are overseas, we identify and encourage simple steps to minimise their impact on the local environment. And at our office in the UK we try to recycle as much of our office waste as possible, use recycled products where available, avoid printing (no brochures) and minimise energy usage.

In joining the conservation team, volunteers will be ultimately helping the organisation in maintaining, and where needed rehabilitating, the coastal region - in order to protect the region’s high biodiversity and to facilitate the sustainable development of local communities.

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