Sea turtle nesting research
Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST)
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.
Weekly cost (approx USD):
Direct benefits you gain:
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
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
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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