Sea turtle nesting research

Project name:

Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST)

Project purpose:

The project is located a remote Caribbean beach in Costa Rica. It covers 7.1 km of coastline surrounded by tropical rain forest and several coastal lagoons and palm swamp forests.The area is not only unique in every way, but is also a famous nesting site for many Leatherback, Hawksbill and Green sea turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs. Illegal egg poaching and hunt for sea turtles, pollution and beach erosion are threatening the survival of the already critically endangered Sea Turtles in Pacuare. This has caused an alarming decline in turtles being born on this beach. In particular the 7.1 km covered by the project, for it has no legal protection whatsoever. Volunteers play a very important role in changing the population status of the turtles.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

Weekly cost (approx USD):




Costa Rica

Central America

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work


volunteers stay in shared dorm style beach cabins

When does the project run?

March to October


accommodation included, food included, refillable drinking water, cold shower, western toilet. The project uses solar panels!

How long can I stay?

Minimum 1 week


  • 18 years old

  • Physically fit

  • Able to live in basic conditions

  • Basic Spanish a bonus

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

Work is manily nocturnal, alternating between patrols and hatchery monitoring.
Approx 4 hours per night, and approx 3 hours in day to help with cleaning, maintenance etc

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