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Our featured project  is located in Punta Burica in the very southern tip of Costa Rica, along the border with Panama.

You will be living in a rustic Ngöbe (Guaymí) indigenous community, and as turtle volunteers will share with them their traditions, their foods and their ancestral way of living in harmony with their environment and in return, you will share your culture, traditions and language with them. Volunteers become immersed in both the conservation project and the local culture.

It’s an adventure just getting to the community, with an all day hike and horseback journey through the jungle or along the beach – depending which access is best at the time. Given the time required to access the community, and the training required to come up to speed on turtle conservation we ask that volunteers commit to a period of 14 – 30 days (more is always welcome). The turtle monitoring and conservation season runs through December 2010 and we are actively seeking volunteers for the months of November and December.

Nighttime is when most of the action happens, and you will spend four-hour shifts walking the beach in search of nesting turtles and other activity. When females are found laying their clutch, or new nests are located, you will assist the biologist in relocating the eggs to a safe hatchery, away from poachers and predators.


Your days are spent catching up on sleep in the hammock, frolicking on the deserted beach, and preforming other duties such as data entry which records statistics such as turtle measurements and documents the coordinates where the nest was found. In addition to direct turtle work, volunteers are encouraged to interact with the community and share English lessons at the community school, environmental education and art programs.

Requirements:
-Ability to commit for 14 days min.
-Good physical condition for long walks
-Be able to work in in hot, humid, rainy and damp conditions.
-Commit 4-6 hours daily to the project
-Carry Travel and Evacuation Insurance

Speaking Spanish, while helpful, is certainly not a necessity (though you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice!).

Volunteers pay $25 per person per day.

Your stay includes: lodging, all meals, training, jungle treks, group activities, volunteer projects and more.

The funds generated through this project go to providing volunteer food and lodging, and are used to purchase needed materials for the project. This project is not funded by any foundations and is 100% grass roots organized to save the sea turtles in Playa Burica.

REGISTER NOW!!! (click here)

For More Information, please contact us at:  info@VolunteerIsland.org

This project is endorsed by Global Humanitarian Adventures (GHA).

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