• Costa Rica
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Host Family
Small Group (1-15)


Starting Price
Price Details
The program fee is $750 for one week, $1350 for two weeks, $1850 for three weeks, and $2250 for four weeks. Each additional week after 4 weeks is $400/week. The fee is necessary to provide food, housing, and transport and provide upkeep of the facilities. All costs are covered except airfare and personal expenses. 100% of any funds that exceed your costs of living will go towards the Manos para Costa Rica program. Discounts are available for partners and families.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Sep 06, 2019
Nov 02, 2017
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About Program

The Sea Turtle and Ray Research Volunteer will assist in ongoing sea turtle and ray monitoring projects in the waters and beaches of El Jobo on the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. You will work side-by-side with local community members to conduct night patrols of the beach, looking for nesting sea turtles, collecting data, and tagging the turtles. The sea turtles seen in El Jobo (Green, Olive Ridley, and sometimes Hawksbill) are all endangered species. Your work will help collect needed data about these populations of turtles as well as help protect them from poachers.

In addition to the sea turtle monitoring, you will also monitor the local ray populations by snorkeling and collecting data on the species and sometimes tagging them to better understand their migratory patterns. Other potential activities are sea grass and coral reef monitoring.

You also have the option of visiting the local elementary school to assist in their marine education program and English classes.

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Program Highlights

  • Gain experience working on a local community-based conservation project.
  • Learn how to conduct marine science research and conservation, specifically related to sea turtles.
  • Live in a beautiful coastal community and get practice speaking Spanish with your homestay family.
  • Interact with community members and teach children about conservation.
  • Embrace Costa Rica's "pura vida", laidback lifestyle!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect Oportunity!

IOI's project at EL Jobo, Costa Rica is the perfect opportunity to learn about marine conservation, marine wild life, birds, and support a sustainable sea turtle project. One of the best parts of the experience in my opinion is the possibility of getting involved in community activities and work beside communities in their efforts towards marine conservation. Furthermore, getting to see the sea turtles is awesome!

The location is perfect! you can get to see the sunrise and the sunset since you can easily go up to the hill.

In general, the experiences is perfect for people from different ages and backgrounds.

Thanks for everything!

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