This particular project offers four locations for conservation travellers to choose from, all along Costa Rica's popular Nicoya Peninsula, located south of surf mecca Tamarindo. One week rates are less than $500 USD/per person, and include lodging, all meals, training, and a small contribution to ongoing sea turtle conservation efforts.
Being able to speak Spanish is not necessary for participating at this project. There will always be a Spanish speaking coordinator on site to help with local communication. There are few members of the communities who speak English, so knowledge of Spanish is useful, but not imperative by any means.
We recommend a minimum stay of 2 weeks at the projects for several reasons. First, it is much more likely for volunteers to see a turtle in this time frame, as their nesting activity levels fluctuate from week to week. Second, this allows enough time to really experience the culture and explore the surroundings of the towns where are projects are based. Finally, 2 weeks is enough time to get to know the other participants at the projects. Working in such a tight-knit, unique situation; team members often form strong bonds, leading to friendships that last a lifetime!
The program runs annually from mid-June to mid-December, with the peak sea turtle nesting season coinciding with Costa Rica’s green season where rain is frequent, if even just for 10 minutes, and it usually comes down later in the afternoon. With that said, there is still plenty of sunshine on this coast. Daytime temperatures range from mid-70 when overcast to low-90’s when the sun is out. The weather can change very rapidly. Rain storms can pop up out of nowhere and disappear as suddenly as they arrived. Humidity is very high and cotton clothes should be avoided because they never dry completely.