Sea Turtle Rescue - Conservation Volunteering

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Being that Costa rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, five different sea turtle species call this beautiful country their home. These turtle species play an important role in maintaining the health of our Earth's oceans, but consistently face threats from habitat destruction, local poachers, and commercial fishing. As a volunteer, you will get hands-on conservation experience and make a valuable contribution to important research where you will play your part in securing the future of these endangered, fascinating creatures.

Set in one of the most remote tropical locations in Costa Rica, this project puts the volunteer on the beach and in the heart of the jungle. Meet travelers from around the world while you disconnect from technology, explore the lush rainforest, and make a significant impact on the native sea turtle population of Costa Rica.

  • Make a positive impact on the people and animal life of Costa Rica.
  • See both a remote Costa Rican beach and a traditional Costa Rican city.
  • Live with a local family in Costa Rica -- eat the food, experience the culture, and speak the language.
  • Connect and work with other volunteers from all over the world.
  • Learn the biology of different types of sea turtles and assist with the hatching of baby turtles.


Why sign up?

Your contribution to the program not only helps with the protection of endangered sea turtles but also the betterment of lives of local Costa Rican families. You’ll walk away helping a community of animals and people while improving your ability to communicate in the Spanish language.

Questions & Answers

Great question! Once you send a message or press Apply Now, the provider of this program will receive your message or application, and guide you to the next step. All you have to do is fill out a few details! The entire process should only take a few days and every message will appear in your personal inbox.

You will know within the next few days.

Your message will be sent to the provider who runs this program! You will receive a personal email as well as a message in your Go Overseas Inbox (top right of the page, "Inbox") once the provider responds to your question. At any point, you can ask more questions by pressing View within your Go Overseas Inbox.


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Yes, I recommend this program

Turtle project

I loved the style of living and it was a great place to develop as a person and give something back to the community. There were a couple of times when it rained and night which made it a little tricker to enjoy but overall a great life experience to have had, I'm so glad I chose to do it. The setting was excellent for learning Spanish as many of the workers there don't speak English. I also really enjoyed learning the local parts of the language. If I had more time in Costa Rica I would have loved to do it again

Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience possible!

Originally I just needed to get away from life. The day to day grind needed a break. I researched several volunteering options around central America and found myself being drawn to this one. I had not set out with intentions on learning Spanish. But after looking closley at the project it was clear to me that this was exactly what I needed to do. Do good for the earth, do good for me. I was nervous at first, but quickly all my anxieties diminished. The Spanish immersion I felt was the most effective way to teach me a new language. Jump right in with both feet! My home stay was such a wonderful experience. My host family showed endless patience and a grand since of humor! My time with them will be cherished a lifetime. But that was only half of my amazing adventure! Pairing the home stay with Tortuga Feliz turtle conservation is a brilliant combo! My time at the project was filled lots of laughs, hard work, baby turtles, and plenty of sunshine! I was so impressed with how organized and well ran the project was. I was hands on and very involved with the conservation efforts going on at the location. The satisfaction of witnessing almost instant results from our efforts is a feeling I still hold today. Not effort good things can be said about my entire experience. I'll be back, and I most definitely recommend this program to anyone needing a little self challenge/love. Do it for the turtles. Do it for the community. Do it for You! Thank you to all the working hands behind the scene and on the ground that make this opportunity possible.

What would you improve about this program?
In my personal experience, everything was flawless. Thank you!
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish n Turtles

My time in Costa Rica changed my life and it can yours if you want it to.

I was nervous about absolutely everything before booking this program but can honestly say it was the best experience of my life to date.

I loved that everything was so organised which allowed me to just get on and save turtles and learn Spanish. It helped me so much being met at the airport as it was my first ever long haul trip.

Highlights were getting back to basics on a tropical Caribbean beach surrounded by baby turtles. Learning to speak Spanish in an outstandingly friendly atmosphere and being in such an awesome country..
Lowlights were saying goodbye to all the amazing people at the school , down at the beach and especially my homestay family.

Gracias amigos!

100% recommended

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Yes, I recommend this program

Life long memories made

My main goals when travelling in Costa Rica were to be able to volunteer with wildlife in a program that genuinely made a difference and to be able to learn Spanish while doing so. The Turtle Rescue and Spanish immersion program could not have been more suited to me! Not only did I get to fulfill a dream to really make a difference and help both the turtles and give back to the local community but I also learnt a lot of Spanish, so much more than I expected to in the month that I was there and made friends for life with both my fellow volunteers and my lovely tico family during my home stay, a home away from home. As a huge nature and animal lover, the highlight for me was observing and assisting in the nesting and protection of beautiful turtles and releasing their hatchlings (leatherbacks, greens and hawksbills) in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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