MARINE TURTLE MONITORING AND TAGGING PROGRAMME - I
REQUIREMENTS: Turtle interns need to have a back ground in a biological science (or similar) and will be trained to be Patrol Leaders, taking teams out at night and learn to tag turtles. Internships are a minimum of six weeks . SPECIAL REMARKS:This is a scientific research station and volunteers are expected to participate fully in the collection of data. Research permits are required to work on our beach and we will arrange these for volunteers. This project is slightly different to an international volunteer project in that volunteers and interns are recruited independently and therefore will be arriving and leaving throughout the season; however we host volunteers from all over the world and promote an ethos of cultural awareness and respect.LANGUAGE: English is the main language on base and Spanish is spoken in the local community. WEATHER: Costa Rica is very green Volunteers need to be prepared to work in heavy rain and storms as well as hot weather. Bring a good black raincoat, high factor sunscreen and insect repellentDATES: THIS IS AN ONGOING PROJECT, SO PLEASE CONTACT CONCORDIA BEFORE APPLYING TO CHECK AVAILABILITY AND AGREE DATES.We accept volunteers all year round for a MINIMUM OF SIX WEEKS. Leatherback season runs from 01 March to 31 May.Green and Hawksbill season runs from 01 June to31 October. Greens and Hawskbills may nest during leatherback season and leatherbacks may also nest in June.NOTES:The is no alcohol on base and alcohol is strictly forbidden before any patrols. EXTRA FEE TO PAY ON ARRIVAL:225 USD/week for volunteers paid to the station either on arrival or by bank transfer in advance (please note the 225 USD is the amount the station needs to receive AFTER the bank transfer fee). 30 USD research permit fee.
- Code : CONCUK-COSTARICA-03
- Dispo : 20M / 20F (Total Part 40)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ESP
- Age : 18 - 99
The Marine Turtle Monitoring and Tagging Programme is entering its tenth year. Each year we invite volunteers and interns from around the world to live and work with us to protect three species of Marine Turtle. We protect the living dinosaur that is the Leatherback, the charismatic Green and the critically endangered Hawksbill. We collect data on nesting females, prevent poaching by being a presence on the beach and raise awareness about marine turtle conservation. We need dedicated volunteers to help us patrol the beach to protect the turtles and their nests. Without the commitment of our volunteers there would be no turtles nesting on our beach
Our teams patrol the beach at night in search of nesting female turtles and their tracks. When we encounter a turtle we count eggs as they are being laid, measure the carapace (shell) and undertake a health assessment. Turtles are tagged with a unique identification number by the patrol leader and we triangulate the nests so the morning team can check them every day. Teams stay with the turtles to ensure they return to sea and are safe from poachers. There is no better feeling than watching a turtle go back to sea knowing that it is alive because of you Patrols last for a minimum of six hours and involve walking on a beach at night in all weather conditions. Volunteers need to be physically fit as patrols can walk for up to 15 miles. Morning census begins at 5.30am and checks on nests and disguises tracks. Protective mesh are buried over the nests in an effort to reduce domestic dog predation. One of the responsibilities of the volunteers will be to help make and bury these mesh.
The station is basic with running water (cold) and electricity (most of the time). Volunteers will sleep on bunk-beds in single sex dormitories. On base we have two large dorms, showers (cold), flush toilets, a library, large kitchen and a project room. Breakfast is self-service and lunch and dinner are provided in our kitchen by cooks from Monday aeuro Saturday and on Sundays we cook as a group. Volunteers take it in turns to bake bread and cookies which are available along with fresh fruit throughout the day. We can cater easily for vegetarians.
Location and amp; Leisure:The project is located at a biological research station on the canals of the Tortuguero Conservation Area in northeast Costa Rica. The station is based in lowland tropical rainforest and is only accessible by boat. It is home to biologists, researchers and conservation-minded volunteers and interns. Wake up to the sound of howler monkeys in the morning, avoid stepping on strawberry poison dart frogs around base and bird watch to your heartaeuros content from our boat bock. This is a wildlife loveraeuros paradise. We have one day off a week and in your spare time you can chill in a hammock on the boat dock or take a kayak up the canal in search of black river turtles, iguanas and if you are really lucky otters. We have a very active community programme including a weekly conservation club for the children of the local community and volunteers are encouraged to get involved.
The volunteer programme began in 1993 when we hosted our first international volunteer project with the Countryside Service of Brighton. The project involved undertaking environmental work in the beautiful South Downs. Since hosting this project Concordia joined a network of other similar organisations known as the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and it is though this network that we exchange volunteers. Today we send around 250 volunteers a year and place over 250 volunteers from abroad on short term projects in the UK. We also offer longer term opportunities for individual volunteers to assist our host organisations for several months called our Medium Term Volunteer Programme (MTV) and have a funded scheme which sponsors a small number of volunteers from the South (Africa, Asia and Latin America) to participate in a UK programme which usually runs for a month this is the Richard Oï¿½Brien Bursary Scheme (ROBBS).
Our projects in the UK are all community based and can involve either environmental work, working with children or people with special needs or setting up events which need support from volunteers for example helping to run festivals. There are usually between 5 and 15 volunteers placed on a project and when necessary we place 1 or 2 co-ordinators to help the group outside the work programme.