Volunteer with us!

This is a fairly new project that requires driven and innovative individuals that are looking to make a real impact in a developing rural area in Costa Rica. You must be able to live in minimal conditions and survive off of a mostly vegetarian diet while on camp.


Volunteers require no previous experience and all are encouraged to apply. We are looking for volunteers who are excited to collect data on nesting female turtles during morning or night patrols, teach and plan English lessons for our local people, take part in hatchling release days, learn how to garden, and are keen to be more involved with nature.

As a volunteer, you will participate in daily turtle patrols, morning patrols (3-5 hrs) or night patrols (4-7 hrs). On the patrols you will protect new nests, record data on the nesting female, excavate hatched nests, assist in the tourism element and release hatchlings! During the day, we will also have beach clean-ups, make bamboo cages to protect nests, give English lessons to our local staff, assist with presentations at our local schools, and assist with any tasks around our camp!

The cost of staying in camp for volunteers is $200 per week or $30 per day with a 3 day minimum. This amount covers food and lodging, as well as their training during their stay. Volunteers must cover their transportation costs to reach and leave COPROT, and any extra activity that they want to do during their free time.

Interested in volunteering with us? Download and complete the application below! Please send to tortugasdeosa@gmail.com with " *your name* Volunteer Application" in the subject line.

Click here for the English application

Click here for the Spanish application

Want more information? Download our Volunteer Brief here!