Turtle Camps

On breathtaking beaches you and other volunteers protect the marine turtles that are in danger of extinction.
Volunteers play a crucial role in conservation efforts!

During this time you will live directly in the camps under very basic conditions, sometimes without water and electricity. Your food - breakfast, lunch, dinner - will be prepared in the camp and consists of the typical costarican cuisine: rice, beans, vegetables, meat and fruit.

Project Videos

Your work includes

  • between 4-6 hours every day
  • patrol walks on the beach, mainly at night, to find turtles and their nests
  • collecting data of the turtles and protect the eggs in safe breeding grounds (viveros)
  • liberate new born turtle babies; nest exhumations
  • clean and mark the beaches
  • build new breeding grounds and maybe help builing up new camps

Things to bring

  • love for nature and fun with outdoor-living
  • being prepared for sometimes physically demanding work and work at unusual hours as most of the turtle nesting occurs at night
  • sleeping bag, repellent, mosquito net, flashlight, batteries, rain protection (May - November), sun protection, hat or cap

Camps

Here you can see the different projects and the different seasons of nesting and hatchery. There is never a guarantee to see turtles ... that depends only on nature!

Dates and Locations

  • North Pacifik - Buena Vista
  • North Pacifik - Montezuma
  • Central Pacifik - Mata Palo
  • South Pacifik - Osa
  • Caribbean A - Pacuare
  • Caribbean B - Pacuare

North Pacific – Buena Vista

  Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan
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North Pacific – Montezuma

  Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan
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Central Pacific – Mata Palo

  Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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South Pacific – Osa

  Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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Caribbean A

  Feb Mar Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan
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Caribbean B

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