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Leatherback Turtle Conservation Costa Rica



Pacuare is an important nesting site for endangered leatherback, green and hawksbill sea turtles. The main threats to these animals at Pacuare are illegal egg poaching and hunting of nesting females. The project addresses these threats through nightly beach patrols and the construction and maintenance of a hatchery for egg incubation. Volunteers will assist with night patrols, hatchery shift, beach cleaning, general maintenance work and other tasks as needed. The presence of volunteers and staff and educational activities regularly deters poachers. Our project is located in a rather remote location - in the middle of a Costa Rican rainforest which is only accessible by boat.


Latin American Sea Turtles

Pacuare Beach

No special qualifications or skills are required. Spanish a plus. Volunteers must be in good health, capable of walking long distances on the beach at night often in extreme conditions, and be open-minded with flexible attitude.

Dates of program:
March to October

Duration of program:
1 week minimum

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+ (minors can participate if accompanied by an adult or with a waiver)

US$35 per day which includes lodging in shared rooms and three meals a day plus US$40 for ground and boat transportation from the town of Bataan to the project site (round trip, Mondays and Thursdays only). Please note this is a special price for VLA volunteers exclusively in Pacuare (nontransferable to other projects we run).

Other information:
Station runs on solar power only. Electricity can sometimes be disrupted due to bad weather. Drinking water is safe and filtered from a well. Food supplied is mainly vegetarian.Accommodation supplied is basic and shared facilities.We also recruit Research Assistants for 3 month periods at this project. Food and lodging will be covered during the three month stay for applicants that fulfill all the requirements - please contact us for more information.


Unforgettable Adventure
"I never expected what this group did for me. It was the most unforgettable adventure of my life! As a volunteer, you are very instrumental, hands on, helping to save the sea turtles. I didn't expect to learn so much, and be such a big part of the project. I will forever give L.A.S.T. my support to the core. I plan on returning."- Mark Ash

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