Sea turtle conservation volunteer in Buena Vista, Costa Rica

Anything that you can bring, will be very helpful to give opportunities those more in need. Volunteer!!

Buena Vista Beach is a primary nesting site for marine turtles. More than 300 nests have been observed in a season. These are nests of the four species of marine turtles that live in the Pacific Ocean: Leatherbacks, olive riddle, carey and green turtle of the pacific, depending on the season. If you’re adventurous, an outdoors lover and want to help marine turtles to survive for many years to come this is a great project for you.
This project works to preserve the nests on the beach and to generate scientific information to describe the dynamics of nesting. It collects data that allows society and governmental institutions to rely on scientific information to develop strategic plans to mitigate the problems that affect the maintenance of this essential resource in protecting the health of the oceans.
Some of the problems you’ll be addressing along with locals and other volunteers are intense development of infrastructure on the beaches, excessive lighting that confuses the turtles, the passage of people and vehicles, and the taking of eggs and the depredation of nests, among others. You’ll be part of this amazing group of people from all over the world that joins efforts to protect the hatchlings and the development of this amazing prehistoric specie.

Join this project and make the difference!


Among your everyday tasks you’ll be doing exploration, research and maintenance duties. You’ll participate in nightly beach patrols for the protection of marine turtles and will search for turtle nests. You’ll also be able to assist in freeing baby turtles for their initial journey to sea. These are great activities that will demand a lot of attention from you and team work.
The research duties consist on identifying and counting turtle tracks on the beaches, counting the number of eggs found in each nest and relocating the eggs to a secure egg nursery. You’ll monitor these relocated nests and its temperature as well to make sure everything is OK. When the turtles are born you’ll help taking biometric measurements of them and marking them. You don’t need to know anything about it since the experienced staff will help you out.
You’ll also assist in a variety of maintenance activities. Some of them are constructing nurseries to protect the nests from depredation and harvesting and cleaning the immediate surrounds of nesting zones and the beach. You’ll also have the chance of working in the organic gardens and in trail building activities. Doesn’t all this sound exciting?! We bet you’re already thinking on what to pack! Sign up now!


Residences & Hostels

If you want to live with several local and foreign students, you can choose to stay in a private or shared room in any of the students' residencies we offer you. Sharing a place with young people from all over the world is a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and make new friends as well as learning about the place in which you are studying.


Usual Volunteer Tasks

  • Over 18 years old
  •  Hard working skills
  •  Ecologically sensitive
  •  Willing to learn about new cultures
  •  Enthusiasm.
  • Night patrols
  •  Search for turtle nests
  •  Monitor relocated turtle nests and nest temperatures
  •  Assist in freeing baby turtles for their initial journey to sea
  •  Counting baby turtles and releasing them
  •  Take biometric measurements of turtles
  •  General infrastructure maintenance
  •  Making Information signs
  •  Beach cleaning
  •  Work in organic gardens and in trail building activities
  •  Participate in local cultural activities
  •  Other duties may be asked according to the needs

The tasks described above will vary according to the amount of turtles and the season: when is not turtle season the maintenance tasks are very important as well as beach cleaning and information signs.

Six days per week. Flexibility depends on work schedule and arrangements made by volunteers.

Turtle Seasons: Volunteers can participate on this project throughout the whole year. However, the turtle season in Buena Vista is from June to December.

Daily Routine

Generally, volunteers are on duty from 8 am to 4 pm. However, the principle work takes place during the nightly patrols for marine turtle protection and collection of information.
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