This project takes place in a costal community located on the Caribbean cost of Costa Rica. It is accessible only by plane or by boat. The population is about 400 residents. Life is simple and relaxed. There are schools, churches, bars, restaurants, small hotels and general stores that are owned by locals. Most of all, there are amazing people waiting for you and what you have to offer. We guarantee you will fall in love and it will be hard to leave.
Volunteer in Costa Rica to save sea turtles in this paradisiac community on the Caribbean cost of Costa Rica is a wonderful opportunity to help protect these endangered species. You will see giant female sea turtles nesting on the beach and baby turtles crawling out of their nests in the sand towards the ocean. It is an exciting opportunity to help a town that relies on its sea turtle population and to contribute to the growth and success of this grassroots conservation project.
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
The primary work for the participants in our volunteer in Costa Rica program is to accompany local guides on 4-hour night patrols searching for nesting sea turtles. These patrols are part of an on-going scientific investigation so turtles are measured, checked for diseases and tagged while the eggs are collected and relocated to the project’s guarded hatchery. The presence of more people on the beach means less opportunity for the poachers, who will steal the turtle eggs and 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. They should also have good night vision as most of the work is done in the dark with only red-lensed flashlights. Some nights you will be soaked by heavy rains, other nights high tides will spray you, and always driftwood is there to trip you 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. Day work 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.
Go for it! Wonderful Costa Rica is waiting for you!!
As a volunteer in Costa Rica you will stay in homestays and are provided with a private room, three traditional meals per day (vegetarian available) and laundry service. It is a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in a new culture and to develop Spanish language skills while becoming part of the community.
Each house has safe drinking water, lockers on the rooms, electricity, fans and mosquito nets in the rooms. If you do not speak any Spanish, we can try to arrange a homestay where a family member speaks English, but there are only a few of those homes available.
Programs in this project start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. You have to make your own way from San Jose to Siquirres where someone from our team will meet you and accompany you to the second leg of the bus trip and then on the boat to the community.
You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 24 weeks. Volunteers staying 8 weeks or more have a special condition to work as project interns.
Orientation takes place on Mondays, or on the next day after the arrival if you arrive in a different day.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement. Exceptions can be made for under 18’s accompanied by a guardian or with a parental consent.
All Volunteer in Costa Rica participants must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to local staff on arrival in Costa Rica or during orientation.
Knowledge of basic Spanish is desired but not a pre-requisite. You will already learn a lot staying with a local family. There are English-speaking people at the project.
You will have a competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders. The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.
With 1.9 million travelers visiting Costa Rica annually, travel is quite popular and common. Still, travelers to Costa Rica should exercise caution before you get to the community.
There are no hidden costs. These projects are the most affordable to volunteer in Costa Rica.
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Participants in our Costa Rica programs normally find US$ 30 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.
The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.
Please bring small bills to the community; it is hard to find change sometimes.
These volunteers will also be helping the project as interns. They stay the first week in a homestay and then from the second week to the end of the program they stay in the project “Station”, a big wooden house near the beach. At the Station they get one meal per day (lunch) but can use the kitchen to prepare breakfast and dinner and may also use the washing machine. Volunteers can have their own room, but if the project receives a special group they might have to share for a while.
If you feel ready to go, sign up as a Costa Rica volunteer now. We will take you step by step through the enrollment process