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There are currently 4 species of sea turtle that frequent the beaches of the lateral pacific of Costa Rica. (Olive Ridley – Lepidochelys olivácea, Black Turtle – Chelonia mydas agassiss, Hawksbill – Eretmochelys imbricatta, and Leatherback – Dermochelys coriacea). All of these species are in danger of extinction due to various human activities – such as the development of coastal areas, unnecessary lighting, the transit of vehicles and people on nesting beaches, the poaching and predation of nests, and the incidental fishing of adult male and female turtles, by fishing fleets, shrimp trawlers, and oceanic long lines.

This proves the importance of conservation in areas where critical activities such as nesting occurs. Preliminary studies show that Buenavista is a semi intensive nesting beach (over 200 nests per season) of 3 out of the 4 species of turtle that nest in the pacific. However, the beach does not hold any type of official protection, so it is vital that we develop conservation activities that will not only protect the nests and turtles that frequent the beach, but that also generates recommendations that can be used by the municipal authorities in order to regulate developments of the area.

Volunteer duties:

  • Maintenance of infrastructure and surroundings.
  • Beach cleaning.
  • Night patrols to look for nesting female turtles (in season)
  • Transport of food and wáter supply
  • Collection of data relevant to nesting activity(in nesting season. Collection and transferal of eggs to the hatchery, tagging and measurements of turtles)
  • Monitoring and security of hatchery ( in season)
  • Releasing baby turtles into the ocean (in hatchling season)
  • Collection of nest data (in nesting season)

*Nesting season: May-December

Time Commitment

Up to 2 weeks

Day(s) of the week:

Time of the day:
All day

Hours per day:

Skills needed

  • Desire to collaborate.
  • Good physical condition.
  • Open-minded.
  • Trekking


What's included

  • 3 meals a day.
  • Basic lodging (dorm)

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