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Volunteer with Sea Turtles in Tortuguero (STA exclusive)

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Tour style - Wildlife & Nature, Chill out & Beach

15 days

Give back and learn more about sea turtle conservation in the beautiful Tortuguero region on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. This project is a must for nature lovers looking to make a real difference in conservation and protection of sea turtles. About this Project: Located near Tortuguero on the coast of Costa Rica, the Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation project studies turtles nesting on unprotected beaches. The globally endangered green, leatherback, hawksbill and loggerhead sea turtles come ashore to nest on beaches accessible from the station. Volunteers will take part in night patrols and will assist in tagging and data collection. There are no roads in the area, and visitors to Caño Palma Biological Station arrive by boat via a network of rivers and canals. How you can make a difference: Volunteering 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. Sea turtle conservation projects require a lot of hard work and a lot of time to build, clean, maintain, and monitor hatcheries and nesting grounds. It's important work to save these endangered species! A day in the life of a volunteer: •Assist with the biological monitoring program •Maintain the project’s facilities, yards and trails •Share in preparing meals and daily chores •Assist visiting researchers with data collection •Experience life in Tortuguero, where rivers meet the sea
  • Day 1 San Jose

    Arrive at any time to San Jose hotel.

  • Day 2-14 Tortuguero (13B,12L,13D)

    Transfer to Tortuguero to the biological station at the southern tip of Barra Colorado Wildlife Refuge. Assist with the marine turtle monitoring program and data collection, yard and trail maintenance, preparing meals and washing dishes, and experience life on the edge of Tortuguero National Park. Important note: Please note that a Research Assistant Visa for volunteers is required to participate in this program. The project will arrange this for you but the following must be provided at time of booking to facilitate this: * A scanned copy of the photo page of the applicants passport * The volunteer application filled out fully * Your resume / CV including any education or experience relative to volunteering * A fee to process the application (this is included in the price of your program Volunteer Activities: Assist with the marine turtle monitoring program and data collection, yard and trail maintenance, preparing meals and washing dishes, and experience life on the edge of Tortuguero National Park. You'll assist visiting researchers and also help around the project with day-to-day tasks. Located near Tortuguero on the coast of Costa Rica, the Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation project studies turtles nesting on unprotected beaches at the southern tip of Barra Colorado Wildlife Refuge. The globally endangered green, leatherback, hawksbill and loggerhead sea turtles come ashore to nest on beaches accessible from the station. Volunteers will take part in night patrols and will assist in tagging and data collection. There are no roads in the area, and visitors to Caño Palma arrive by boat via a network of rivers and canals. In your free time, you can opt to go into the town of Tortuguero, hike nature trails, or relax at the project. Please note there can be a fair amount of walking involved in this project.

  • Day 15 San Jose (1B,1L)

    Transfer back to San Jose with a stop for your included lunch or opt to add on additional weeks of volunteering, with a transfer back at the end. Trip ends at the start-point San Jose hotel (overnight not included).

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