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Join SEE Turtles for a volunteer vacation in Costa Rica!
Spend your vacation working to protect critically endangered giant leatherback sea turtles along Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. You will work directly with local researchers at Estacion Las Tortugas, a turtle conservation program that has been patrolling their beach for a decade. On this volunteer vacation in Costa Rica, you will have a trained personal guide and private transportation to and from the sea turtle research station.
You will participate in nightly beach patrols on the turtle nesting beaches, helping researchers to move the eggs to a safe location (to avoid being dug up for sale by poachers or be eaten by animals) and collecting vital information on the turtles. Leatherbacks can average more than 6 feet in length and can weigh more than 1,000 lbs. During the day, you will take boat rides along the nearby canals to look for wildlife, visit the station’s turtle educational center and hike the rainforest.