What is: ASVOCR

Our center full name is ASVOCR - Estación de investigación y conservación de tortugas marinas asvo Montezuma Costa Rica receives 5 of the 7 species of marine turtle to nest at its coasts. Pacific coast gets mainly 3 of those: olive ridley, black and leather back We are a non profit organizacion dedicated to research and conservation of those species. With a beautiful ocean view from the volunteers house, we give our volunteers the whole experience, Night patrols, communty work, hatchery manteinance, night hatchery shifts and release of baby turtles are part of the work we do. But also, Costa Rican homemade food, waterfalls, and tidepools are things to see here. As well as all of the life the Montezuma town has to offer. At just 15km from Santa Teresa beach, where you can experience the most beautiful sunsets, you can also go to Malpais, where you enjoy part of the Cabo Blanco National Reserve.




💵 From 224 USD/week

Staying time

⏳ From 5 days to 52 weeks

Language spoken

🇪🇸 Spanish, 🇬🇧 English

Accommodation provided

🏡 Yes

Food provided

🥗 Yes


🇨🇷 Costa Rica


🌎 Central America

Type of habitat

🌊 Ocean


Typical day at the center

During turtle season: Breakfast Clean the kitchen Clean the house Beach cleanup Lunch Rest Dinner Night patrol or hatchery shift Off season Breakfast Clean the kitchen Clean the house Beach cleanup Lunch Rest Hatchery manteinance or community work Dinner *This may vary according to the volunteers aptitudes, sometimes weather, or any other special activities.


Night patrols (turtle season only) Night shifts at the hatchery (turtle season only) Maintenance to the hatchery: raking leaves, pulling sand, repairing the bareer. Community work: cleaning parks, trash Beach cleanups: for plastic and micro plastic Helping with the house: cooking, cleaning kitchen, common areas Office work: filling sheets with the information gathered during the patrols and the hatchings

The volunteers in this animal rescue center generally get 1 day(s) off a week. In regards to working hours, the volunteers work per day 8 hours/working day.

Food and accommodation

We try to give an experience of homemade costarican food but we understand if someone is vegetarian, gluten intolerant or have any other special needs regarding food, and we adapt our menu, but normally is like this: BREAKFAST Gallo pinto (typical rice and beans mixed) Eggs, sausages, or fried plantains Coffee Or pancakes, or cereal. LUNCH AND/OR DINNER Casado (typical dish wirh rice, beans, a meat, chopped vegetables and salad) Or pasta (prepared wit tomato sauce, tuna, etc.)


The animals they take care of in this center are:

Bats, Birds, Dolphins, Horses, Marine Wildlife, Monkeys, Other small mammals, Sharks, Turtles, Whales


Qualification required

The volunteer has to be committed with environment conservation, Other than that, everything is more about attitude

How to apply?

Practical information

Internet access

We have wifi

Cost details

We include lodging and 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) The inscription is $60 that are not incluided in the basic cost. Any other activities the volunteer wants to do on its free time are not included in the basic cost. But we offer the possibility to coordinate and previosuly pay for fishing tours, surf lessons, spanish lessons, and others.

How to get there?

The volunteer can take a bus at San Jose, that takes him directly to the town of montezuma. It cost around $20 If the volunteer comes by car, it needs to get to the Puntarenas port to take the ferry. Then drive around one hour to Montezuma. Ferry and bus tickets can be bought online.

Is there a minimum age?

To volunteer in this center you will have to be at least 18 years old

When can volunteers join?

All year around


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