Volunteer in Costa with IOI: Sea Turtle and Ray Research Volunteer

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Video and Photos

Teaching marine conservation in local school.
Teaching marine conservation in local school.
Volunteers working with community members.
Volunteers working with community members.
Sea turtle gliding through the waters near El Jobo.
Sea turtle gliding through the waters near El Jobo.
Learning about sea turtles is an important part of the program.
Learning about sea turtles is an important part of the program.
Sea turtle hatchlings head to the sea.
Sea turtle hatchlings head to the sea.
Tagging turtles for research.
Tagging turtles for research.

About

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.

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!

Summer special

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Richard
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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!