Our Home

Since the beginning of 2019, we have been developing our base camp located just a few hundred meters from the entrance to Playa Rio Oro, one of the wildest and most pristine beaches on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. We have built our camp with nature in mind, and have used primarily sustainable and natural resources, upcycling the majority of wood and other materials from old buildings no longer in use.

The two-story traditional style rancho provides an airy mixed dormitory where our staff and volunteers can sleep in the middle of nature, as well as being right in front of the area of beach with the highest sea turtle nesting activity. We also have a large open kitchen and communal area, where food can be prepared while watching the birds go by.

In order to promote sustainable development, we are also in the process of creating a small-scale permaculture project on the new property, where we are able to grow and produce a considerable amount of our own food for our staff and volunteers. This will reduce our reliance on purchasing food from unsustainable sources, as well as allow us to support local people in food production. One of our long-term goals is to become a completely zero waste facility!

Our base camp is equipped with:

  • Clean filtered drinking water

  • Single and double bunkbeds

  • Shared and private accommodation

  • Shower and toilet block

  • Basic solar power

  • Basic WiFi

  • Handwashing laundry station

  • Parking / camping area

  • Communal area

 

 

For a large portion of the year our camp is buzzing with a combination of  local and international staff members, students, as well as local and international volunteers.

Throughout the week we stay busy with:

    • Turtle patrols (morning census and night patrols)

    • Data input and management

    • Beach cleans

    • Maintenance of  the beach for data collection (sector posts, GPS, checking nests)

    • Excavations of hatched nests

    • Hatchery building days

    • Bamboo cage making and distribution  for nest protection

    • English lessons for staff or other community members

    • Presentations for students, tourists etc. to raise awareness and promote our project

    • Gardening and maintenance of camp