Help to save the turtles

Help to save the turtles

Smooth waves accompanied by a privileged landscape, where the dusks and starred nights leave you an unforgettable memory, combined with the opportunity to participate and leave a print in the birth of a project that will last more than 25 years: that is the best letter of recommendation for this beach.

This project has currently reached its maximum capacity of volunteers, however, it will be available for participation again after the 27th of August.

This project, like other coastal-marine resource conservation projects, has its origin in the urgent necessity to protect the few natural nesting sites that do not hold any official category of protection from the Government; they have four objectives:

. To describe the nesting dynamics of the female sea turtles that arrive to the beach, to enable their protection in the next seasons.
. To protect and closely monitor to the recovered nests in a protected ground known like breeding ground (vivarium).
. To transfer the information generated to the local authorities as recommendations to be included in the regulating plan of the beach, as well as to the nearby communities, with the purpose of creating alternatives of non extractive use of this resource.
. To develop to the necessary activities to raise funds and resources to construct a conservation station.

Period / duration

Since May 1° to March 31

The work consists on:

For the sea turtles:

. Construction of the breeding grounds.
. Beach signaling.
. Patrol walks to protect nests, females and for data collection purposes(Biometry, marking, etc.)
. Transfer of nests and monitoring of the breeding grounds.
. Registry of breeding ground information.
. Liberation of newborn turtles.
. Nest exhumation.

For your comfort and the one of other volunteers:

. Cooking and cleaning the kitchen utensils.
. Maintenance and construction of infrastructure.
. Beach cleaning.
. Transport foods and water to the camping.
. Community projection.

The project has a rustic but functional infrastructure. Volunteers are housed in a two-floor shelter; the kitchen and living area are on the first floor, and the dormitories are on the second floor. There are functional sanitary services and showers, but the drinking water must be transported.There is no electricity, but there is telephone.

The meals in the project happen three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and is a Costa Rican typical diet always accompanied by rice, beans, basic grains, pastes, meats, vegetables and fruits.

For more information about this project, please contact us.