Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

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Trip code: CRTC

Duration: 2-4 weeks

Help to protect turtle hatchlings!
Live & volunteer in Costa Rica
Explore in your free time!

Get involved as a volunteer at rewarding sea turtle conservation projects along Costa Rica’s Caribbean or Pacific coasts. Help to protect and hatch newly laid sea turtle eggs, patrol nesting beaches at night and help release hundreds of hatchlings safely back into the sea. High level of Spanish is required: Beginners can add in our Learn to Speak Spanish in Costa Rica programme.

Trip highlights

  • Volunteer in sea turtle protection centres along Costa Rica’s coastline: Help protect the future of a variety of sea turtle species, including Leatherback, Pacific Olive Ridley, and Green Sea turtles
  • Patrol beaches at night looking for newly laid eggs to take into hatchery protection, monitor protected turtle eggs in the hatchery and release new hatchlings turtles into sea
  • Live in a home-stay or volunteer house for an immersion in Costa Rican culture
  • Enjoy a detailed orientation in San José before you begin volunteering
  • Explore the amazing country of Costa Rica in your time off!
Further trip information

Become a volunteer at this amazing turtle conservation project in Costa Rica and help protect threatened sea turtles. Go on turtle patrols, conserve nesting sites and help at egg hatcheries on this truly rewarding turtle volunteer programme. The prime time for seeing sea turtles is between May and November, so we recommend that volunteers attend this programme during these months.

Do I need to speak Spanish?

Yes; in order to take part in this turtle conservation project you will need to have a high level of Spanish. If you are a beginner with no previous Spanish-speaking experience, you can sign up for our 4-week Learn to Speak Spanish in Costa Rica programme. This takes place in the capital, San José and is an ideal introduction to both Costa Rica and to the Spanish language.

About the Sea Turtles

A range of amazing sea turtles seek out the coastline of Costa Rica as a safe haven in which to lay their eggs. Sea turtles that can be seen along the coast include Leatherback, Pacific Olive Ridley, and Green Sea turtles. Numbers of these remarkable sea turtles have sadly been declining in Costa Rica, due to habitat destruction, poaching and low hatchling survival rates.

About the Conservation Project

Aiming to conserve, protect, and sustain different species of sea turtle, the turtle protection and refuge projects were set up in order to encourage growth of turtle populations and prevent a possible species extinction. The conservation programme aims to collect newly laid clutches of eggs and put them in to hatchery protection, and also releases baby turtles into the sea to give them the best possible chance of survival.


Arriving on a Sunday you’ll spend your first two nights in San José, staying in a home stay with a local family in the city, with all meals provided. You will have an orientation session on the Monday, which is designed to provide you with all the details you’ll need to know about the turtle conservation programme and answer any questions you may have about your placement.


On the Tuesday you will travel to your allocated turtle project. You will then begin volunteering on the Wednesday. While volunteering at the turtle conservation project you will have a varying daily schedule, working both day and night shifts. One day a week is allocated in order for you to leave the park and explore some of the local area and attractions.

About Your Volunteer Role

As a volunteer you will get involved in a variety of volunteer tasks, helping to ensure the survival of the amazing sea turtles. Volunteer duties include:

  • Day and night beach patrols to protect turtle nests and eggs
  • Taking newly collected egg clutches to the hatchery for protection and monitoring
  • Recording detailed information and tracking the development of the eggs
  • Helping out at other community environmental projects
  • Helping the baby turtles return to the sea

Optimum Turtle Season: We recommend that volunteers attend this trip between May and November as this is the prime turtle season in Costa Rica.

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We recommend that volunteers attend this trip between May and November as this is prime turtle season. The project is closed over Easter, Christmas & New Year.