Costa Rica turtle conservation experience
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Description of Costa Rica turtle conservation experience
Decide the duration of your stay, from one to 12 weeks, and then volunteer to assist a team of local people and scientists as they aim to promote sustainable tourism around the Reserva Playa Tortuga research institute in Costa Rica.
Creating an environmental conservation culture within the local communities is just as important as promoting Costa Rica’s wildlife watching potential to responsible travellers from around the globe. Situated on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, you’ll instantly become enveloped within the natural world of Central America where four different types of turtle are known to nest.
Working with scientists, conservationists and local people, as well as NGO’s and international government agencies, is an integral part of promoting environmental awareness and ongoing conservation initiatives in Costa Rica, and beyond.
Assisting conservation efforts by collecting scientific data, beach cleaning and monitoring turtles, especially the Olive Ridley population, is a vital component for the overall success of the project.
Endangered species of turtle keep coming back to nest on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast and it’s up to volunteers, like yourself, to ensure this experience extends and increases for many more years to come.
1 Reviews of Costa Rica turtle conservation experience
Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019 by Helen Maloney
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Travelling home under the night time stars after spotting Crocks & Caymans.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Ensure you take wick away sports clothing as your going to get wet / sweat.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Absolutely brilliant - loved every minute
PlanetThe overall aim of this project is to help protect the turtles (predominately the Olive Ridely) which nest on the beaches of the Reserva Playa Tortuga. Volunteers will aid in the turtle conservation efforts in a number of ways, namely by relocating the eggs to the safety of the sanctuary away from poachers, collecting data on the turtles numbers and quality of life, patrolling the beach at night to help prevent any eggs being stolen, and by caring for the turtles via husbandry and feeding them.
Volunteers will also play a big role in protecting the environment of the local area, and they will do this via regular beach clean ups which not only helps the turtle population survive, but it makes the area much nicer for the locals too! A lot of litter washes up on the beach in this area, and without the volunteer's efforts in cleaning it the problem could overwhelm the local population.
PeopleThe project also makes a difference to sea turtle conservation, and indeed community education through working with local people and school children. This increases the awareness of the sea turtle’s plight, thus reducing the threat of humans.
Whilst volunteering abroad is largely a positive thing, participants must be wise with the organisations they select. There are, unfortunately, a number of organisations who simply want to meet the demand of individuals looking to help, without considering the impact an influx of volunteers can have on host communities (particularly in developing countries.) With that in mind, we are careful to consider all elements of our projects, adhering to the strict Responsible Travel policy and providing volunteer communities that are beneficial to all involved.
An understanding of the host community and their needs is paramount to the success of any project. Thus, we will continue to respect a number of long-term commitments designed to aid these local communities. These commitments include pledges such as the adoption of good environmental, ethic and social practices; valuable support; the employment of as many local people as possible; and the creation of an overall socially-sustainable volunteer initiative. These elements are key to keeping the host community’s needs at heart and allow us to maintain our promise of providing ethically sound volunteer activities.
This project employs as many local people possible, making it sustainable socially as well as environmentally and we encourage our volunteers to mix with the community and support them by buying local produce, etc.