Program Details

  • Program Type: Volunteer
  • Location: Costa Rica
  • Starting Price: EUR 1,545.00
Costa Rica

Assist with the monitoring of endangered green turtles and critically endangered hawksbill and leatherback turtle species

 
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General info 

Location: Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

Duration: from 2 to 24 weeks

Dates: all year

Our partner NGO is a member of the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development. 
 

International Volunteering in Costa Rica

The objective is to optimize the protection of turtles in Costa Rica through the collection of data for the Ministry of the Environment. You will be part of a team working on long-term voluntary projects to preserve the natural habitat of Costa Rican animals.
 

Our volunteer missions in Costa Rica are rich in field learning. They allow volunteers not only to learn how to protect endangered species, but also to learn about environmental issues in Costa Rica as a whole. Volunteers regularly participate in expeditions in the rainforest to conduct studies on the ecosystem of the region (waterfowl, etc.) and are trained on a range of skills that will allow them to evolve in the field.
 

The strengths of eco-volunteering projects in Costa Rica

  • Working in protected national parks and the most beautiful nature reserves in Costa Rica
  • Integrate an international community of volunteers and environmental professionals
  • Learn about Costa Rica's wildlife and marine turtle habitat
  • Understanding the issues of species protection
  • Diverse settings between beaches and rainforest - an ideal setting for wildlife research
  • Acquisition of technical skills with video recordings, data collection and analysis
     

Purpose of the TORTUES MARINES eco-volunteering project - Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

One of Costa Rica's animal, nature and environmental protection projects focuses on marine turtles. Teams of researchers observe 3 species in disappearing voices, especially nests, largely destroyed by the increasingly difficult external conditions due to human presence.
 

Protect and ensure the survival of marine turtles through the collection of data and behavioral observations of endangered species. The role of volunteers: 

- identify the number of nests

- follow the trajectories of turtles, their migratory movements, etc.

- determine the impact of the presence of jaguars on turtle protection

Information collected on marine turtles in Costa Rica is then sent to international organizations and presented at global environmental conferences. The marine turtle protection voluntarism project in Costa Rica has contributed to maintaining the species, reducing poaching and preserving beaches and their natural environment.
 

Possibility of Multi-projects Environment and Education

Volunteers can combine 2 or 3 volunteer projects during their stay in Costa Rica. Generally missions on animal projects (turtles and jaguars) are linked, so volunteers often opt for the combination animal + community development to gain an optimal experience.

Community development, childcare and Teaching English

Volunteers have the opportunity to work in Quepos (Central Pacific coast), into a small community, developing programs for childcare or Teaching English with a group of people who had been working in the projects to guide their work.

The Childcare program, is based in the need to give the children several educational activities during their free school time; to learn playing and giving a socio-cultural exchange for the volunteers, improving the social skills and giving different perceptions for all the participants.

In addition to Childcare program, the volunteers can choose the option to be part of the Teaching English program; with this project, the volunteers work with adult and young people in El Cocal and Quepos downtown, helping with the basic learning of the community members, giving them the chance to speak English, being this a big opportunity for them to get a better job and improve their personal and family conditions.

Either of the two projects, the volunteers will have the chance to experience the life in the community, exchange culture and even learn and practice Spanish.

 Fields of action: manual work, environmental education, English classes. 
 

Transport info 

You will be asked to arrive the day before the departure date of the program in San José between 18h and 22h for the NGO welcomes you at the airport to transfer you to the hostel. The previous night is not included in the rate but is cheaper. We will communicate the 2 hostels recommended by the NGO to the reservation.

Outside these hours, you will have to organize the transfer to the hostel yourself. A taxi costs about 20 € between the airport and downtown San José.

The NGO will accompany you from the hostel to the Tortuguero camp the next morning and will also take you back to San Jose at the end of the mission.
 

Accommodation and meals info

Accommodation is in mixed dormitories in the heart of the rainforest. The volunteers share the toilets (rainwater) and everyone is involved in daily tasks - most often as a team. The NGO plans tours for cooking, cleaning, etc. 

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Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Safe and basic accommodations

- 18 years or over

- Intermediate english

You must apply for this project at least 4 weeks before the start :

- Application form to be send to info@freepackers.com

- Passport copy

- CV/ Resume in spanish

Payment & Cancellation

The non-refundable deposit payment is due within 48 hours of notice of acceptance onto the program. Deposits are currently €300(or equivalent) or €900 (or equivalent) for Programs costing €5000 (or equivalent) or more, or for Programs with a duration of 90 days or more.

For Programs with a deposit of €300 or equivalent 50% of the balance will be due 16 weeks before departure and the outstanding balance must be paid by the Participant no later than 10 weeks prior to departure. For Programs with a deposit of €900 or equivalent 50% of the balance will be due 20 weeks before departure and the outstanding balance must be paid by the Participant no later than 12 weeks prior to departure.

For Programs with a deposit of €300 or equivalent the Participant will be entitled to cancel at any time up until 16 weeks before departure. For Programs with a deposit of €900 or equivalent , the Participant will be entitled to cancel at any time up until 20 weeks before departure. In the event of timely cancellation, the Participant shall not be entitled to a refund of the deposit, but will be entitled to a refund of any other monies paid. All refunds are subject to an administration fee of €15, or equivalent. In the event of cancellation after the deadlines above, the Participant shall not be entitled to a refund of any monies paid.

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Earlier this year the Volunteer with Children programme made it on to the National Geographic Traveler's prestigious '50 Tours of a Lifetime' list and as a result continues to be a popular choice for volunteers wanting to improve their Spanish while contributing to long term, sustainable teaching and childcare projects. 

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