Manta ray and coral reef conservation

Project name:

Barefoot Conservation

Project purpose:

Manta ray and coral reef conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • gain a qualification/credit

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes work


Mixed sex beach bungalows

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, pillows, mattress, electricity, refillable drinking water, fun dives

How long can I stay?


Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Weekly price depends on whether you are a certified diver and the duration of your expedition (qualified divers can volunteer for a minimum of 2 weeks, but non-certified divers must stay a minimum of 3 weeks).

the price listed for weekly expenses is estimated using a 4 week project with a certified diver 

2 weeks with PADI open water/equivalent $720

3 weeks with PADI open water/equivalent $620
3 weeks no diving qualification $711

6 weeks with PADI open water/equivalent $478

6 weeks no diving qualification $523

9 weeks with PADI open water/equivalent $408

9 weeks with no diving qualifications $437

The price per week decreases with increasing duration on the project. After 12 weeks of volunteering, additional weeks cost $270 for both non certified and certified divers.

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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