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Help with the protection of both adult and baby sea turtles in wild Costa Rica! Enjoy coastal living, the unique beauty of the region, and warm local community. With opportunities to work within the community, as well as, conserving the beach, volunteers will get an up-close look at what life is like in rural Costa Rica. Participate in night patrols of the beach, watching for nesting turtles emerging from the sea! During the day, keep watch at the hatchery for newly hatching turtles, or help with data and research! There’s no chance to get bored at this incredible volunteer project. Pura Vida! **Please note – the minimum age for this program is 17**
There are three project sites in which you can volunteer, each with its own charm and beauty. You can choose to volunteer at as few or as many sites as you please. The community project: A small beach in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, it boasts high numbers of turtles throughout the season. There is an excellent community spirit here. As well as volunteering with the turtles you can help out in the local school, with beach clean-ups and community celebrations. The paradise beach project: A buzzing little community of both Costa Ricans and American expats, this project site has a stunning white sand beach and plenty to keep you busy, with excellent surfing and other outdoor activities, and lots to explore. The tropical beach project: Volunteers here are spoiled with a beach front property in a close-knit community of about 100 residents. The beach is stunning, lined with coconut trees and facing a small fishing port over the estuary. This is a beautiful base, with great access to the beach, strong community ties and a real opportunity to work with locals and improve your Spanish. **Please note - the minimum age for this program is 17**
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