Volunteer with sea turtles in Costa Rica

Project name:

Oyster Worldwide (2)

Project purpose:

Live on a beautiful tropical beach and help the vital work of the locals, protecting sea turtles and ensuring the hatchlings reach the ocean. Patrol the beach during the night to catch a glimpse of nesting turtles, a rare and unique sight! There are also opportunities to get involved with the local community, teaching children about conserving the environment and life within it.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction
  • animal rehabilitation
  • community awareness
  • habitat restoration/management
  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):




Costa Rica

Central America

1 Ratings


Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration
  • gain a qualification or credit

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)
  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices


Simple beach-side accommodation in Costa Rican houses or cabins, mixed dorms of up to 5 people

When does the project run?

Early July - mid December


accommodation included, food included, electricity, local shops, refillable drinking water, shower (cold), toilet (western), wifi

Accommodation is basic but comfortable. Expect to share a dorm room with up to 5 people. En-suite bathrooms include cool showers, perfect for cooling down after a sun-bathing session!

How long can I stay?

1-12 weeks


  • General level of fitness required. 
  • Participants must be 17+.

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

Participants can volunteer for 1 week ($1349), 2 weeks ($1739) or up to 12 weeks at $405 per additional week.

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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