Volunteer

All the information you need for voluntering

Why

La Tortuga Feliz is a non-profit organization and can only stay successful if volunteers participate in the project. With your contribution you help with the protection of the sea turtles and the improvement of the living conditions of the local inhabitants. Maybe even more importantly you will have the best time of your life!

You can learn Spanish and make many friends.

For who?

Anyone who is enthusiastic and open-minded is welcome at La Tortuga Feliz. On average you are with around 15 others at the project. Our volunteers come from all over the world and are between the 18 and 65 years old (Lower age limit rigid unless you will be participating with a parent or guardian).The work can sometimes be physically demanding as you have to walk for several hours on the beach in all weathers looking for nesting adult turtles so you should be fit!

Location

La Tortuga Feliz is situated almost 3 hours traveling from San Jose at a beautiful isolated beach. Right behind the project lies, what people call, The Amazon of Costa Rica: a mangrove rainforest, rivers, canals and lagoons. They form a unique area to visit and one can only get there by motorboat. Among the animals that you’ll certainly see are: monkeys, fish, crocodiles, 145 species of birds, iguanas, freshwater turtles. You may also see dolphins, sloth’s, foxes and wild cats.


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Volunteer activities

You can help with the realization of the projects’ objectives by patrolling the beaches for turtles at night (in all weathers) together with the local inhabitants, manning the hatchery and caring for recuperating adult turles in the turtle rescue and rehabilitation centre. In addition you will be involved with the day to day operational duties of running the project. In the off-season (late November to late February) you help with maintenance of the buildings and preparations for the next season by creating an ideal environment for turtles to lay their eggs.

Accomodation

You will lodge in a dormitory style beach cabin that sleeps up to 6 people.

Food

Besides the local & international meals three times a day, there is tea and coffee. Furthermore we have our own fresh water source. We cater to vegetarians too.

Down time

After volunteering you can fish, sunbathe on the beach, read a book in a hammock, play several games, play soccer or volleyball, hike, and of course learn Spanish.

Conditions

  • We expect you to volunteer your time to ensure the effective running of the project. Most volunteers don’t see the work as ‘work’ and experience it more as a fun activity.
  • The minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • You are enthusiastic , social and interested in conservation.
  • The project is alcohol and drug free.
  • Minimum age is 18 years old.

Costs

As the project is non-profit the costs are relatively low. The costs are from $25 US per day and a one time only contribution of $40 US towards transportation costs (two-way boat trip and taxi rides). The price includes comprehensive adult turtle training, turlte hatchery training (practical and theory),3 meals per day, lodging, coffee and tea and of course you will have the best time of your life. Your contribution is spent on food costs, the salaries for the local participants and investments in the project. We are 100% sure you will not find a “cheaper” or better turtle project anywhere!

What to bring with you?

  • Quick drying dark clothes to patrol x 3 sets
  • Quick dry towel
  • Headlight with red LED light option (available through www.amazon.com)
  • Battery operated alarm clock
  • Extra batteries
  • Hiking/training shoes (Dark in colour)
  • Sun block
  • Mosquito/insect repellent
  • Thick long socks (for the sand fleas) 🙂
  • Anti itch cream/antibiotic cream
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Rainwear (poncho/lightweight rain jacket) (dark colours)
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Water Bottle
  • Books
  • Playing cards
  • Mosquito net
  • Flip flops
  • Biodegradable hand wash for clothes
  • Biodegradable shampoo
  • Big plastic bin bag to cover backpack in case of rain on boat.
  • Optional – a good solar charger for phones/cameras

How to make a reservation

You can reserve/check availability by just starting the reservation process. Availabilty is in REAL TIME and can be checked by just entering your dates. Volunteers arrive and depart on Mondays and Thursdays only.

Reservations can also be made through Facebook. You can find the link to facebook on the bottom of this page.

 

Supporting the project

You can support the project principally by participating at the location itself. Before arrival it would be a big help if you share our website and comment on your Facebook or tell other like minded people you meet about us. We can also email you a La Tortuga Feliz flyer to post at your workplace, university, gym, coffee shop or local library. Please request it through our contact page.

Furthur information

If you have any questions, check out the FAQ-page. If you cannot find an answer to your question you may send it to us at the bottom of the FAQ-page.  Within 4 days you’ll have an answer (no internet access at the beach).

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