Tortugas de Pacuare

Tortugas de Pacuare

What is: Tortugas de Pacuare

Tortugas de Pacuare is an association dedicated to the conservation of marine turtles and species of our wild fauna which is abundant in our location, we are characterized by our human sense, solidarity with animals and our commitment to the protection of endangered species. extinction, we have more than 10 years of experience working with volunteers from all over the world, more than a conservation program here you will feel as a family oues our fraternity and friendship with our volunteers has always characterized us.




💵 From 210 USD/week

Staying time

⏳ From 2 weeks to 36 weeks

Language spoken

🇪🇸 Spanish,🇬🇧 English

Accommodation provided

🏡  Yes

Food provided

🥗 Yes


🇨🇷 Costa Rica


🌎 Central America

Type of habitat

🌊 Ocean


Typical day at the center

Typical day Your schedule as a volunteer can vary each day, but mostly it will look like this one: Meals 8:30 am: breakfast 12:30 am: lunch Communal work 9:30 am: communal work 2:30 pm: communal work The total communal work during the day is approx. 2 hours Turtle hatchery The turtle hatchery has to be protected 24/7. These are the timetables that have to be respected. Of course, you won't work the whole day there. 8:00 am to 12:00 pm 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm 10:00 pm to 4:00 am 4:00 am to 8:00 am Beach patrolling The most important time to patrol on the beaches is at night. This is when the turtles usually come ashore to lay their eggs and thus, the most dangerous moment for them. 8:00 pm to 12:00 am 12:00 am to 4:00 am Free-time activities Our volunteers will have the chance to spend their time enjoying the wild life and meeting many different animals. Furthermore, they can do sports on the beach or simply tan and relax while enjoying a good book. Also they can spend time together with the locals and enjoy getting to know a new culture. This is always a great opportunity to make new friends as well.


One important thing when we work in animal protection is: wildlife isn't predictable so we cannot say exactly how your experience will be, we are only sure one thing, mom nature it's awesome and always surprise us, is why we love to work saving turtles. Working with Turtles Working with the turtles means that you will be doing night patrols on the beach. With local guides and a group of people you will patrol on the beach to collect turtle eggs and relocate them to a turtle hatchery where they will be safe from poachers. Furthermore, you will be working at the hatchery, take care of the turtle eggs and the freshly hatched turtles and make sure that they are well prepared for their dangerous journey back into the sea. We also do community work, animal moinitoring, collecting plastic from the beach to recycle nad mantainance work on the camp

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 6 hours/working day.

Food and accommodation

We offer vegetarian and vegan food. Breakfast: pancakes, omelet, Gallo pinto, empanadas, tortillas con huevo, and many different tropical fruits. Lunch and dinner: different kinds of picadillos with rice and beans, tortilla de papa, spaghetti with coconut milk sauce, focaccia, pizza, bread, patacones with beans paste, and many variable and Caribbean food.


The animals they take care of in this center are:

Bears, Monkeys, Other small mammals, Sloth, Turtles


Qualification required

Be passionate about nature and love for animals

How to apply?

By email

Practical information

Internet access

No indication on rather you will have internet or not

Cost details

Fee include accommodation and 3 vegetarians meals at day. Transportations and plane tickets are not included

How to get there?

On San Jose take bus in Gran terminal del caribe (parada de buses (bus stop) de los Caribeños) Here take bus at 9 am to Batan Get off the bus in Batan in this point Soda y Heladería las Brisas Batán Centro, here is the place where the bus stop on Batan, wait for the taxi here Adrián the taxi driver will pick up you to the dock place. There don Luis Gutiérrez will bring you to the camp Cost of the taxi $15 one way Cost of the boat $35 round trip (The benefits generated by transportation are for the benefit of the school of the community of Barra Pacuare) The transportation of volunteers to the camp is organized by the board of directors of the Barra de Pacuare school, the money raised is destined for improvements in the school and teaching materials for children

Is there a minimum age?

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

When can volunteers join?

We welcome volunteers the whole year


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