Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica

A week of contributing to a turtle conservation project, working with an established marine research organisation. See Costa Ricaís beaches in their natural state. Hard work with huge rewards.
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.
£1289 excluding flights
9 Days
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Includes voluntary work programme, food and accommodation, transfer from airport, local support.
Your trip can then be extended at a cost of £600 per week.
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Description of Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica


Price information

£1289 excluding flights
Includes voluntary work programme, food and accommodation, transfer from airport, local support.
Your trip can then be extended at a cost of £600 per week.
Make enquiry

Departure information

Flexible departures July - December (nesting season)

Travel guides

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

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.
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
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.


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.


9 Reviews of Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2019 by

It was one of the best experiences Iíve ever had and I canít wait for a chance to go back and to share the trip with others who would enjoy it! Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2018 by

I enjoyed the night patrols, walking by moonlight, seeing the constellations, milky way, shooting stars & some of the lightening storms were spectacular. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Dec 2014 by

This is a really sound conservation project with some clear tangible benefits and as a volunteer you really fee like you're making a difference. Would highly recommend this project to anyone. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2014 by

I would give the vacation 7/10. It was a very relaxing an beautiful beach and I learnt so much about the culture and turtles. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2013 by

5 stars! My best experience abroad in the last 30 years.....Working with sea turtles: seeing turtle nesting and releasing baby hatchlings was absolutely fantastic Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2013 by

Amazing! Would go back in a second if I had the opportunity to do so. The whole process from the turtle laying its eggs, to the release of the baby turtles was just pure enjoyment! To me, it felt like more of a vacation than a work placement, as I was the most relaxed I have ever been. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2013 by

It was quite simply the best. You felt part of the community in San Miguel which was so much better than just being on vacation and you learn so much about these amazing sea turtles. I'd thoroughly recommend this particular project for anyone with an open mind, who relishes enjoying a simple way of life in spectacular, unspoilt scenery. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2013 by

The whole trip was one of our favourite lifetime experiences....We were a good 20 years older than anyone else, but don't get me wrong we can rough it with the best of them! Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2013 by

Excellent! Would not hesitate to recommend to anybody. Such a beautiful place, lovely people and a great cause! And I did not expect to be eating so well, too! The scenery and wildlife in Costa Rica was absolutely gorgeous and it was really heartwarming and inspiring to meet all the people with the passion and caring for the preservation of wildlife there. Read full review

Responsible Travel

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Our projects are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. Thereís plenty to gain personally from this - but we make sure that the project directly benefits local people and wildlife too.

Animal welfare
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.


Meeting local needs
Many in the local community rely on the marine environment for their livelihood (whether through fishing or tourism). This project aims to conserve the natural environment which they depend upon. 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 rural Borneo. Volunteers are briefed on the local cultures and customs. Our policy is to send people in small groups, which minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.

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