Program Details

As an Olive Ridley sea turtle volunteer, you will assist with measuring the carapace (shell) length and width of nesting adult turtles, helping with data collection for master books (record time, zone, activity, etc. of the turtles), supporting researcher
Location:
San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Animals, Environment
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Volunteer in Costa Rica and become a sea turtle volunteer, helping to conserve and protect the populations of vulnerable Olive Ridleys. The project takes place in the spectacular Pacific coast of the Nicoya Province on the beach where Olive Ridley turtles come up in thousands at a time for this phenomenon of nature called "arribadas". You can join for 1 week up to 12 weeks all year round and we have places all throughout 2015 and 2016 available. Individuals, groups, students doing research and families all welcome. Cost for food (3 meals a day), lodging in family homestay, internet access, programme materials and training start from £365 upwards.

As an Olive Ridley sea turtle volunteer, you will assist with measuring the carapace (shell) length and width of nesting adult turtles, helping with data collection for master books (record time, zone, activity, etc. of the turtles), supporting researchers with tagging and general checking, nest exhumations, beach cleanups (to remove debris that would impede the movement of nesting females or hatchlings) and sports and cultural activities. Nightly patrols are run in two five hour shifts; from 8pm to midnight and midnight to 4am. Volunteers are led by an experienced patrol leader and walk a sector of the beach searching for nesting females. Once a turtle is encountered, volunteers will carefully assist in the collection of data such as; carapace length and width, nest location and dimensions (depth and width) and the number of eggs in the clutch. The eggs will be collected for relocation and the turtle checked for identification tags. If a turtle is found without tags they will be applied and a small tissue sample taken from the rear flipper for DNA analysis.

Volunteer in Costa Rica and become a sea turtle volunteer, helping to conserve and protect the populations of vulnerable Olive Ridleys. The project takes place in the spectacular Pacific coast of the Nicoya Province on the beach where Olive Ridley turtles come up in thousands at a time for this phenomenon of nature called "arribadas".
Setting Description:
The Guanacaste Province is located in the NW of Costa Rica and its Pacific coastline is made up of countless stretches of beautiful sun-swatched beaches, divided by rocky bluffs and mangrove-lined river estuaries. Some of Costa Rica's main surf spots are found here too.
Cost:
The cost for 1 week is £365, 2 weeks is £505, 3 weeks is £650, 4 weeks is £795, 5 weeks is £940 and 6 weeks is £1085. This cost includes private (or shared with another volunteer), clean and simple room in homestay, three meals a day, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, equipment (for patrols), guide during the volunteering, back up and support. Airfare and transportation to the project, lodging in San Jose, travel/medical insurance and personal expenses are not included in the cost. It is mand

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