Go for a very special trip to volunteer in Costa Rica with this wonderful baby sea turtle conservation project in a paradisiac Caribbean community. Help protecting the baby sea turtles crawling to sea from poachers! We have developed this very affordable marine conservation project with your budget in mind. Our prices are among the cheapest!
It is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself into the Spanish language at the same time you help to protect endangered species of sea turtles. 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.
Volunteer in Costa Rica - Project details
Location of the volunteer programs in Costa Rica
This project takes place in a costal community located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. It is accessible only by plane or by boat. The population is about 400 residents. Enjoy the simple and relaxed life. 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.
Volunteering in Costa Rica: Most affordable Program Fees
- The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
- All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.
What is included in the Program Fee?
- Accommodation for all projects
- 3 meals per day
- Support from local staff & Program supervision
- In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
- In-country administration costs
- Donation to support the local project
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.
Accommodation & Meals
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.
Start & Duration of the Sea Turtle Volunteer Program
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.
Requirements for Marine Conservation in Costa Rica
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.
Language Requirements for volunteers in Costa Rica
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.