Become a COPROT volunteer!
We are still a relatively new conservation project that requires self-motivated and innovative individuals that are looking to make a real impact on a grass-roots project in rural Costa Rica. You must be happy to live in basic conditions, work during unsociable hours (early mornings and late nights are where all the action is!!) and in adverse weather conditions (we patrol the beaches rain or shine!). We are also working towards a sustainable living situation, therefore we eat a mostly vegetarian/vegan diet while on the project and try to minimize use of plastics, chemicals and other unethical products.
Volunteers require no previous experience in sea turtle conservation, however it definitely helps to have an strong interest in wildlife, outdoor living, conservation and sustainability. Volunteers should have:
Good physical fitness
Positive mental attitude and good work ethic
Ability to work well with others
Good communication in either English or Spanish
Personal medical insurance
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 females, excavate hatched nests, assist with tourist experiences and release hatchlings! During the day, we will also have beach clean-ups, plastic upcycling, community workshops/English lessons, presentations, gardening and general camp maintenance!
The weekly contribution for volunteers is $200 per week with a one week minimum. This amount covers all your food and accommodation in a mixed dormitory space, as well as all project training and participation in activities. All volunteers will receive a participation certificate at the end of their stay.
Volunteers must cover their transportation costs to reach and leave COPROT, and any extra activities that they want to do during their free time.
How to Apply?
Interested in volunteering with us? Download and complete the application form below! Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org 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!