Projet Permanent
San jose , Costa rica


  • permanent
  • ENVI
  • ANI
  • ACI/STC2017
Age minimum : 18
Frais d’inscription : 150.00 EUR
Frais supp : 1050.00 USD


Extra fees to pay on arrival 4 weeks stay 1050 USD (camp fee 840 $ + admission fee of 60$ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 210$ for each extra week. High period : between July and November.

  • Code : ACI/STC2017
  • Dispo : 4M / 5F (Total Part 10)
  • Langue du Projet : ENG / ESP
  • Age : 18 - 99




Description: The sea turtle conservation program is a scientific-based conservation activity in which the organizations involved try to increase the amount of sea turtle hatchings in order to give higher survival rates to these amazing reptiles. As these projects were created with a conservational purpose, the NGOs involved help to preserve the sea turtles and associated ecosystems. The camps are located within walking distances from the beach. Apart from the sea turtles, you will also have high chances of seeing tropical birds, iguanas and monkeys. The main goal of these projects is to help the recovering of sea turtle populations. The species of sea turtles that you can find on these beaches are: Leatherback, Olive riddle, Hawksbill, Green and Logger Head, depending on which project and season you visit. Possible tasks for the volunteer: • To patrol at night • To build hatcheries • To supervise hatcheries • To count baby turtles and to release them • To assist in the collecting of scientific data • To maintain infrastructure • To clean the beach Volunteers’ work fields: • Monitor the ocean turtle nesting at Montezuma beach • Signaling of the beaches and construction of the hatchery of the sea turtle projects • Night patrols for protection and collection of information about the sea turtles. • Construction and reparation of the trails for public use at Montezuma beach. • Maintenance of the infrastructure of the project • Cleaning of the beach • Support in environmental education activities and communal protection


Description of the living situation: You will share a house with 4 habitations for the volunteers that work in the project, it has cabins. The place has electricity, potable water and a phone. Description of the food: The volunteers receive the alimentation of the project three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner). The food in the project is typical for Costa Rica, always accompanied by rice, beans, pasta and basic grains, meat, vegetables and fruits. Additional information: All volunteers have to bring linens (sheets, blankets), mosquito repellent, sun block, personal articles (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush), comfortable and light clothes, comfortable shoes (closed for work), water bottle, flashlight with red light. The place does not have a safe where the volunteers can leave valuables and documents or money, they must keep their valuables in their backpacks.


The turtle projects are located on both coastal areas of Costa Rica (Caribbean and Pacific). The nesting season schedule on the different beaches is the following: Pacific Coast (Buena Vista and Romelias-Montezuma) Turtle nesting season: July – December Turtles: Olive riddle, Hawksbill &Leatherback Place of the Project: Montezuma, Peninsula Nicoya, Puntarenas Location: Montezuma beach is located on the peninsula of Nicoya, province of Puntarenas and belongs to the conservation area of Tempisque. Surrounding communities of the park: Very close to the project you can find the community Montezuma, which is place of a lot of touristic activities, just about 500 meters from the project. Presence of other protection areas: Very close you can find the Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco, it is located more or less 10 km of the project Montezuma Beach, the Reserva Nicolas Wesberg is also pretty close. For the free time: You have one day off during the week. You can enjoy the forest or the beach, you can visit Montezuma where you can find all type of services, like ATMs, restaurants, internet cafes and bars. In Montezuma you can find canopy tours, excursions to the Isla Tortuga and Cabo Blanco.


The minimum time is two weeks, there is no maximum time. Required skills and interests of the volunteer: • To be respectful towards the internal rules the project • To love nature as the main goal of these projects is the protection of turtles • To be in good physical condition as the patrols imply long walks along the beach at night • To be open to share accommodation and bedroom with other volunteers • To be very flexible and to do different tasks during the day which may involve cooking and cleaning as volunteers may be also responsible of taking care of the camp Volunteers’ requirements: The volunteer needs to like it/needs to have the willingness to work in a natural tropic forest and beach and to work physical. Is there a preference of men or women? NO What is the level of Spanish they need? Basic or intermediate Is there a minimum or maximum of age? At least 18 years Rules: • Alcoholic and narcotic substances are forbidden • Maintain cleaning of the habitations • Maintain good personal housekeeping, a good behavior and good vocabulary • Forbidden to sit at the table shirtless • Due to the environment of Montezuma, all volunteers have to be back home at 9 pm. It’s not allowed to be in the village during the night. PROGRAM FEE : Extra fees to pay on arrival 4 weeks stay 1050 USD (camp fee 840 $ + admission fee of 60$ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 210$ for each extra week. + administrative fee according to duration : 1 to 4 weeks 150$ ; 5 to 8 weeks 250$ ; 9 to 12 weeks 350$ : over 13 weeks 450$. *** High period of nesting of turtles : between July and November. Arrival date is free.

We are active affiliate of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation, with its main offices in Berlin, Germany and representation in the five continents through its Member Organizations and Committees. ICYE is recognized by the United Nations as �International Messenger of Peace� and forms part of the Co-Coordinating Committee for International Volunteer Services (CCIVS), associated to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

In Costa Rica, we work in different areas, sending and receiving volunteers, for long and short terms, in groups or as independent persons. We also coordinate our work with other programs such as German Civil Service, Italian Civil Service, �Weltw�rts� of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, British �Community Service Volunteers�, the European Union�s �European Voluntary Service�, �Canada World Youth�, and �United Planet� from the USA.

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