Turtle conservation, education and practical application of conservation strategies
- habitat restoration/management
- undertake your own research
Weekly cost (approx USD):
Direct benefits you gain:
field research skills
remote scenic location
Noteworthy conservation points:
- development goals (supporting local community)
- ethical rehabilitation centre/practices
Wild Sun Rescue Center
shared volunteer house
When does the project run?
April - September
food included, accommodation included, local shops, phone signal, cooking facilities, refillable drinking water, nearby medical facilities, local town, cold shower, wifi at the Project House, transport within the project is covered
How long can I stay?
Minimum stay of 2 weeks
Details of the day-to-day life on the project:
Volunteers will spend their time helping build the turtle image database; by taking images of turtles during snorkel surveys, individual turtles can be identified and their movements around the islands mapped. This data is vital to the development of an effective management plan for sea turtle conservation. Volunteers will also participate in night patrols, helping mother sea turtles lay their eggs and safely relocate them to a hatchery to protect them from poaching.
In addition to what's stated in the daily day-to-day life, volunteers will also help during the team's awareness talks and weekly beach cleanups.
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
Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
21 Mar 2020
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.
Wild Sun Rescue Center
17 Mar 2020
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