Costa Rica

Wildlife and Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Program Category:

Wildlife and Conservation

Established in Limon, Costa Rica in 1989 with almost 200 acres of tropical forest and 6km of coastline, considered one of the most important nesting sites for leatherback sea turtles in the country. From March to July, every visitor is invited to join during the turtle census and witness at close range the nesting process - an unforgettable experience for all. From June to September, thousands of baby leatherback turtles hatch - another great spectacle of nature to behold. The reserve and the surrounding canals are rich in wildlife, with over 300 recorded species of animals, 3 species of monkeys, over 200 species of birds, and rarer species such as jaguar and ocelot.

This program is designed for

Every individual who wants to make a positive and meaningful impact on nature conservation.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Your responsibilities at this project may vary widely depending on the needs of the organization at the time of your visit. Responsibilities are going to be related to the natural regeneration of the forest and the effective protection of all species of animals and plants that inhabit the Reserve. One of the potential roles would be to help place markers on the beach for triangulation purposes. Volunteers may also be needed to participate in the cleaning of beaches, preparation work for the nursery garden (the site where they relocate nests that are endangered on the beach, for subsequent incubation and birth) and maintenance of the reserve building structure. Assistance may also be needed with environmental education for the community.

Program Specifications

Program Cost

Registration Fee:  US $249

1 Week Program Fee:



Extra Per Week:



Program Duration

1-week minimum

Program Availability

All year

Language Skills

Basic level Spanish

Volunteer Hours

5 hours a day



Program Formats




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Ways To Join

It takes a lot of courage and determination to come out of your comfort zone to get involved into noble service of another. Choose if you want to go solo or in a group


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Group Volunteering

When you volunteer as a group, not only are you helping those in most need, but you’re helping yourself as well.

What is included in My program fee?


We always provide comfortable accommodation suitable to the program module and location. Typically, that might mean a home stay or during your selected program. All rooms always include WiFi.

In-Country Orientation

From the time you arrive in the country, we will make sure your trip runs smoothly. We show you the best places to eat, banks, point of interests, and are there for all questions.


Your experience includes a weekly meal plan of hearty and healthy local fare. The plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday.

Weekends are free for making your own culinary explorations

Monetary donation

A monetary donation goes directly to the project where you will be volunteering. This money is used to help the project purchase material they need on a daily basis, meals or pay other expenses they have.


You always learn and enjoy more when you are relaxed. That’s why we build in a weekly selection of activities, excursions, events and outings into our tours, language courses, volunteer service. From Salsa, to hiking a active volcano!


Certification (if requested) of completion of the volunteer program, perfect for inclusion in your resume.

Airport pickup

Airport pick up in private shuttle to your accommodation.

Mentorship & SUPPORT

Adventure worry-free, knowing you are supported by VAGT 24/7. Your VAGT expert helps you choose the right program for your needs and prepares you for the journey ahead. We even offer the peace of mind of a comprehensive medical, cancellation and interruption insurance plan. 

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