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

Marine

Costa Rica

Central America

1 Ratings

1

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

280

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

Wild Sun Rescue Center

Accommodation:

volunteers stay in shared dorm style beach cabins

When does the project run?

March to October

Facilities:

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

How long can I stay?

Minimum 1 week

Requirements:

  • 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

Reviews & ratings

Samuel

Volunteer

5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

Adriano

Volunteer

21 Mar 2020

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

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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