View here Paige’s video from her Costa Rica volunteer trip to save the sea turtles:
What Paige is saying about her volunteer trip to Costa Rica:
I would HIGHLY recommend this volunteer experience. I did lots of research going into this trying to find the most affordable program, and Iko Poran was definitely the most affordable. I was doing the same volunteer work as volunteers from all over the world, but I was paying much less money to do so.
I had a fantastic time in Costa Rica with the turtles and I met many people and created memories I will never forget. I definitely recommend Iko Poran and the Sea Turtle experience in Costa Rica and I cannot wait until I volunteer with them again. Pura Vida!
Paige, 19 years old, Costa Rica
As a volunteer you will accompany local guides on 4-hour night patrols searching for nesting sea turtles. Since the patrols make part of an on-going scientific investigation, the sea turtles are measured, checked for diseases and tagged. Meanwhile you will help collecting the eggs and relocate them to the project’s guarded hatchery. Also, the presence of the people of the volunteer project on the beach helps preventing poachers from stealing the turtle eggs. Sometimes they even kill the turtles to sell the meat illegally. For the night patrols volunteers should be in good physical condition to walk 6 km of beach and back.
Some nights you will be soaked by heavy rains, other nights high tides will spray you. Also, be aware of the driftwood washed ashore, you may stumble over it in the dark. But there will also be beautiful nights with a full moon, the sky full of stars and best of all nesting turtles.
During the day, you work schedule involves hatchery duty, beach cleaning and assisting in nest exhumations and release of hatchlings. There are also a lot of other environmental projects to help with around the village.
Find out how to start your volunteer experience in Costa Rica.
Visit also the page with the complete volunteer programs in Costa Rica at IKPVA’s Official Homepage.