Tico Lingo Spanish School

Tico Lingo Spanish School

What is: Tico Lingo Spanish School

Tico Lingo is a small locally-based and locally-run organization in Costa Rica aimed at offering impactful experiences for both our volunteers and our local project staff. The projects we work with are aimed at supporting Costa Ricaโ€™s local communities, biodiversity, and environment. We teach all our volunteers Spanish at our institute in Heredia and believe that a volunteer project in Costa Rica offers unique opportunities to students and volunteers to live and work in a Spanish speaking environment and give back to a community. Community service and volunteering abroad is a life-changing experience where volunteers expand their horizons in a way that could never be achieved in a classroom.




๐Ÿ’ต From 750 USD/week

Staying time

โณ From 2 Weeks to 20 Weeks

Language spoken

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spanish, ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง English

Accommodation provided

๐Ÿกย  Yes

Food provided

๐Ÿฅ— Yes


๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ Honduras


๐ŸŒŽ Central America

Type of habitat

๐ŸŒŠ Ocean


Typical day at the center

The sun is up early in Costa Rica and breakfast is served typically around 6:30am. After breakfast, project leaders and volunteers will come together for the morning meeting where you will hear all of the exciting stories from the night before! This is also when you will be assigned your role for the day As sea turtle activity generally occurs during the night time and early mornings, most volunteers will be assigned to night beach patrols and should be prepared to start work around 7pm and finish around 3am and to also be involved with any morning activities scheduled. Other volunteers will be assigned to the hatchery or beach cleans and should be expected to be available for at least 4-hours / day to keep watch of any hatching baby turtles and maintain a good level of cleanliness. Lunch is typically served around 12:30pm while dinner is usually around 5:30pm. During free time volunteers will have time to relax on the beach, play volleyball and soccer with other volunteers, read a book from the projectโ€™s vast library, and practice their Spanish with locals.


Volunteers work alongside the resident biologist and support local community leaders and other volunteers to protect nesting turtles and their eggs. Your goal is to ensure that more adult and baby turtles can make it safely to the sea. We do this by getting involved in different activities: Night beach patrols โ€“ Going out on nightly beach patrols in search of nesting sea turtles in one of the most important duties of a volunteer. You will be responsible for transporting any eggs you encounter back to the safety of our hatchery where they will have the best chance of survival. Hatchery guarding & releasing turtles โ€“ Looking after the turtle hatchery on a shift like basis, volunteers will be guarding all of the nests from any potential predators. While guarding the hatchery, nests may explode at any minute with energetic little babies! You and one other volunteer will be responsible for measuring, weighing and releasing the hatchlings straight away. Beach cleans โ€“ Ensuring that the stretch of coastline along the project site is clean and tidy will result in more females coming up to lay their eggs. Hatchery maintenance โ€“ A clean and tidy hatchery is vital for keeping our hatch rates high. Anything from litter to natural debris needs to be removed as soon as possible. Volunteers will check that hatchery labeling is correct and the details of each area in the hatchery are correct. When nests hatch, you will get to exhume the nest and follow the correct procedure.

The volunteers in this animal rescue center generally get 2 day(s) off a week. In regards to working hours, the volunteers work per day 4 hours/working day.

Food and accommodation

Housing Sleeping quarters are mixed gender bunk rooms with up to 8 other volunteers in each room. Western style bathrooms and a showers station are on site and provide volunteers with a clean place to wash up after a long dayโ€™s work of volunteering on the beach. Except for some very basic solar power panels on site, electricity is not available at the project. Likewise, finding cell-phone signal can be a bit of a challenge (like standing in a very specific spot on the beach holding your hand in the air!) but most volunteers enjoy being โ€œoff-gridโ€ Communal areas can be found outside and provide volunteers with panoramic views of the jungle and itโ€™s amazing wildlife. Hammocks are aplenty and picnic areas are used for sharing meals, playing card games, reading books, or looking for monkeys and sloths.


The animals they take care of in this center are:



Qualification required

Anyone who is enthusiastic and open-minded is welcome in the program. Volunteers will be working alongside 15-20 other volunteers whom come from all over the world. Looking for nesting turtles can sometimes be physically demanding, so we advise registrants to be in decent physical condition. Requirements โ€“ At least 18 years of age โ€“ Participants ages 13-17 are welcome when there is a faculty leader, parent, or guardian present โ€“ Healthy and physically prepared to work and live in a remote area with very few amenities โ€“ Flexible; willing to do various tasks based on season and project needs โ€“ Positive mindset โ€“ Hard working, ready to do anything! โ€“ Responsible and safety-minded

How to apply?

Email: office@ticolingo.com Whatsapp: +506 8361 3592

Practical information

Internet access


Cost details

Included: โ€“ Beach hut accommodation โ€“ 3 generous international meals daily โ€“ Turtle patrol & hatchery training and materials โ€“ Transfer by 4ร—4 and boat to project

How to get there?

Fly to SJO International Airport in Costa Rica

Is there a minimum age?

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

When can volunteers join?

Every Saturday and Sunday


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