Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation (STA exclusive) 2013
The Pacific Sea Turtle Project is a conservation initiative undertaken to protect endangered sea turtles and their nests, and improve the chance for survival of hatchlings on Matapalo Beach. Using man-made turtle hatcheries (called 'viveros') to protect turtle eggs and joining in vigilant beach patrols, volunteers provide vital resources and support.
How you make a difference
Volunteering in this small town on this turtle conservation project means you are helping to keep a vital turtle protection program going - these programs need volunteers because they do not have enough funding to hire enough staff needed. Additionally you are supporting the local community's small businesses such as surf instructors, horseback riding rentals, even the convenience store, thereby contributing to the local economy.
A Day in the life of a volunteer
•Discover how sea turtle conservation programs around the world work to protect these fascinating and endangered creatures •Participate in night patrols along the beach to ensure the safety of turtles and their nests •Collect data and and work to maintain the area •Depending on the season, monitor baby turtle hatcheries, count turtles and release them into the ocean •Visit nearby Manual Antonio National Park on a free weekend •Enjoy warm Pacific beaches and incredible sunsets—right out front of your shared volunteer dorm.
Arrive at any time and transfer to your hostel.
Day 2 Playa Matapalo (D)
Participate in orientation talk about the project, then travel to Matapalo via a shared shuttle.
Days 3-6 Playa Matapalo (4B,4L,4D)
Volunteer activities at the sea turtle project include night patrols along the beach, data collection, beach clean-up and area maintenance, monitoring of the baby turtle hatchery, counting baby turtles and releasing them - depending on the season. Options to take surf lessons, relax on the beach and travel to Manuel Antonio National Park.
Day 7 Playa Matapalo (B)
Depart Playa Matapalo. Add on extra weeks if desired, with no maximum length of volunteering.