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.

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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

This project is located on what is probably the most beautiful turtle beach in Costa Rica. The bay is about 3.5 km long and lined by a river on one side and an estero on the other. For this reason there are special safety rules that govern leaving the camp. There are few people here and sometimes you have this gorgeous natural beach all to yourself.

Right next door is Playa Sámara - a small tourist village. At that time, we helped to set up this project, which was done by a good friend. The project is - like all turtle projects - simple and rustic and definitely only for nature lovers and outdoor people.

The project is open all year round - but the main time is between July and December (olive bastard tortoise).

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Pazifik Mitte – Mata Palo

This project is located south of Quepos on a 10 km long beach with dark sand. It is located relatively close to a small village with some infrastructure compared to the other projects: a small supermarket, a small restaurant and a surf school right next to the camp.

Moreover, in this project you can also work with sloths in parallel - the working hours for the sloths and turtles will be determined on site according to the actual needs of the project. See sloths and turtles.

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Erfahrungsberichte Mata Palo - Klick hier!

Pazifik Süd – Osa

This project is located on the Osa Peninsula - one of the most pristine, remote and impressive national parks in Costa Rica. This park is called the 'green crown jewel' of the country and represents incredible biodiversity.

The South Pacific is home to mainly olive bastard and green turtles - very occasionally leatherback and hawksbill turtles. The project is open from July to December.

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Erfahrungsberichte Mata Palo - Klick hier!

Karibik A

The Caribbean A project is an ambitious, small, family project that especially seeks cooperation with the people in the small villages.

The leader of this project now offers another activity where you live and are fed in the same camp of the turtle project:

Wildlife observation in their natural habitat.

For this purpose there are camera traps and binoculars to observe monkeys, sloths, snakes, crocodiles, butterflies and many other animals in this natural reserve.

Your tasks

  • Construction of observation platforms
  • Sectorization of the forest
  • Studying the cognitive abilities of monkeys
  • Observation of mammals, reptiles and birds in the forest and along the river
  • Set up camera traps and evaluate video observations
  • Maintaining tree nursery and reforestation work
  • Plastic recycling
  • Beach cleanups

This opportunity is available beginning in August/September (the end of the green turtle season) and continues through January.

This camp is not accessible by land - you will take a wonderful boat ride through the mangroves and you will need to budget about US$40 for this. In this camp first the leatherback turtles and later the green turtles will arrive and afterwards you can join the wildlife observation.

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Erfahrungsberichte Karibik A - Klick hier!

Karibik B

The Caribbean B project is again a bigger organization - very close to project A - with 'better' because more professional facilities for the volunteers: sleeping places, sanitary facilities, kitchen etc.. This project usually has higher prices and offers a special price for our volunteers.

Also this projects can only be reached by a dreamlike boat trip through the mangroves, for which you have to pay about 40 US$. Both projects are open from mid-February to November. Until June is the time of the big leatherback turtles (baula) and after that is the time of the green turtles (verde).

Arrival to the project on Monday. Departure from the project only possible on Thursday or on Monday - please note if necessary because of return flight booking!

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Erfahrungsberichte Karibik A - Klick hier!