Costa Rica

Caring for sea turtles and enjoying the beaches of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the countries with the richest biodiversity in the world and in this project, which has existed for 25 years in the National Park Marino Las Baulas, you will bein constant and direct contact with highly trained cientists and employees.

The main goal of this project isto aid in the saving of sea turtles from extinction in the most important nesting beaches still left in the world. For over two decades, the research team has performed studies on behaviour, Physiology, genetics, population biology andthe migration of endangered turtles in Playa Grande, Playa Ventanas and Playa Langosta, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. They hope to understand the dramatic decline of the number of turtles in the Pacific Ocean and the population dynamics of sea turtles in general.

Seeking a better understanding of the biology, migration, Physiology and genetics ofthese turtles, your help will be essential to – among other things – obtain a more complete documentation during the mapping of turtle nests and to understand how somany of the laid eggs survive, all this with the purpose of aiding the preservation of this endangered species.You will interact with eco-tourists, scientists and guards of the national parks, all who are hugely passionate about turtles, biology and conservation.

On the first day, you will learn how to help the scientists with the work done with the turtles on the beach. Informal presentations about the main project, other research projects and the need for conservation will be scheduled in the nights prior to the activities.

VV in Costa Rica:

Infos

Period: minimum of 7 days

Age: minimum of 18 years, minors between 12 and 17 years old may be volunteers ifaccompanied by a responsible adult.

Requirements: Yellow fever vaccine and a passport valid for at least 6 months.