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Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica – Gold Residential with Pod Volunteer

Join Pod Volunteer to help the project to protect turtle’s eggs and release hatchlings on a tropical beach.

How can I help?
You will assist the local team by collecting data, placing eggs in safe hatcheries and patrolling the beaches to reduce the likelihood of poaching. Olive Ridley turtles, the species most frequently found in the area, are categorised as ‘vulnerable’ accordingly to the IUCN Red List, so their protection is vitally important. Volunteers enable more night patrols to occur, which has led to a drop of around 80% in the number of nests that have been poached in the area.

You will help the project’s scientists and research assistants to collect scientific data about nesting turtles in the area which is used to gain an understanding of sea turtle reproductive behaviour, and improve their conservation strategies in the future. Volunteers also help to monitor and maintain the hatcheries to ensure that incubation conditions are optimal for egg development.

When can I join?
Each Monday from July through to January for placements of 1-12 weeks.

Where will I be living?
The project is based in the Nicoya Peninsula on the west coast of Costa Rica by the Pacific Ocean. There are two accommodation options; the volunteer house with simple shared rooms and a private cabina. All accommodation is located within 100m of the beach.

During your free time, the local team can assist you with organising activities such as mangrove tours, surfing, waterfall tours, horse riding and nature walks.

Placement fee
Volunteer placements start from £895 for 1 week. This includes accommodation, all main meals whilst at the project, airport pick up and transfer to the project from San Jose, a t shirt, your induction and conservation training + planning your trip support from the Pod team.

To learn more about the Turtle Conservation project and the next steps on how to apply you can visit our website: https://www.podvolunteer.org/projects/turtle-conservation-costa-rica

Pod Volunteer has a range of opportunities from 1-12 weeks at animal, conservation, child care support, education and teaching, building and community volunteering projects in Africa, Asia, Central and South America. You can see the full range projects that are available for your Gold Residential Award here.

You can get in touch with the Pod Volunteer team by email [email protected] or give them call on 01242 241 181.