about us

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Mission

Our main mission is to protect sea turtles. With the support of the local community and the international volunteers, coming from all over the world, we work to help conserve the environment. By working with sea turtles, with communal and environmental education programs, we will be able to educate people on the importance of caring about such a valuable environmental resource: sea turtles.

 

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Vision

The protection of turtles and the biodiversity safeguard of the region is our main goal. In order to achieve it, we need the help of volunteers, your help! Volunteers should have a willingness to help in a task that requires a close attention. For this reason, we create an atmosphere where the volunteer feels like at home, we are one big family. Volunteers should have the desire of leaving a mark in a humble village, with a strong will to move forward.  

 

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Why Taking Part In A Sea Turtle and wildlife Conservation Projects In Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is a small country located in Central America with only 0.03% of the planet's surface, it owns 5% of all the species in the world, this makes it the country with the most biodiversity per square meter in the world. So it is a very good reason to support a country that is making efforts in conservation and that needs the help of many people around the world to continue with this task Turtles are an important part in our work, Seeing a leatherback sea turtle is an experience so special, you will be surprised by its size; imagine, you are walking on the beach at night and cross with those giant sea turtles, it is a really nice experience. There are no words to describe it, everybody should be able to live that experience, but everybody does not have that opportunity. Take into account that by opting for any volunteering program you are contributing to the preservation of our environment and you are part of a very important objective, to which hundreds of volunteers join each other, to make this happen. It is also very important to take into account that they are social programs, in all our programs you will have lodging and food for the fee you pay,

 

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Why Taking Part In A Sea Turtle and wildlife Conservation Projects In Costa Rica?

taking into account that it is not a hotel and that you come as a volunteer to be part of our work. Keep in mind that even if we work all year long and if you opt for a program that works for turtles, for example, they have established seasons in which they do well in our beaches. You will never forget the feeling of being so close to that prehistoric creature, living in the depths of the sea and reaching the beaches once every two years. Egg hatching is so incredible! You will see the baby turtles – as little as perfect – emerging from the sand and walk to the sea. This marks the beginning of a long and dangerous journey to reach adult. Working with a turtle conservation project allows you to dedicate your time to the preservation of a place and will allow you to live an experience unique, impossible to live in another place and others circumstances, you have to live that experience with us. During your stay, in any of our programs you will overwhelm: you will be, under millions of stars; you will share the house with a bunch of animals: hummingbirds, monkeys, frogs etc., isolated from the rest of world for while, during which you will be able to meet other backpackers, local people and yourself.

 

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History

By 2010 Tortugas de Pacuare was born on the north island of the Pacuare river. The project rent a house there during one year and a half. Then, it moved in the Quelonios del Caribe house (researcher center in charge of the scientific authorisations), where it remains another year and a half. During those three years, the volunteers crossed the river paddling every night to patrol on the South Island beach, since no projects nor governmental institution did it. Without the volunteers, 90% of the nests where poached. Protecting the beach is a hard work sometimes, because it always needs to be protected, even if the climatic conditions are really bad, without the patrols, the turtles had barely any chance. Sometimes, those climatic conditions prevented the volunteers from going on a patrol, the flow of the river was to strong to cross it with a little boat.

 

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History

That is why, when Luis had the opportunity to buy a little wood house on the South Island, he immediately bought it. He organized a crowdfunding campaign to collect money. He collected a quarter of the amount needed, which was enough to pay the first part of the house. Step by step, he kept paying the house thanks to the volunteers’ contributions for the hosting service and the food. Thanks to that moving, the project has been more efficient in protecting the beach. It has been one of the most important success so far: the volunteers feel more comfortable in the new house and the turtles feel safer on the protected beach.
A few years later, our conservation work became known in other towns of Costa Rica, thus the initiative was born to support other projects throughout the country, with a social objective that generates a positive and sustainable impact for the local and of course for the biodiversity of each region of our country in the remain support with the support of our volunteers

 

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What Does A Volunteer Need To Bring To our programs? (Packing)

In the following list, you will find objects that you should take with you in order to make your stay in our programs more comfortable. This list is also helpful for travelling around Costa Rica. During some hours a day, the wifi is available. However, if you want to assure you an internet access whenever you want, it is better if you by a Costa Rican phone card. Kolbi is the more effective operator, you can recharge it on the in the street. The wifi efficiency depends on the climatic conditions and the number of devices connected. There are no banks on the on the camp, you need cash (colones). Put your stuff in plastic bag within your backpack in order to avoid humidity when it is raining a lot. Black Crocs with socks (comfortable and appropriate for night patrols. A soap-dish if you use bars of soap (for hygienic reasons). Toothbrush with cap. A raincoat Mosquito bed net. Mosquito repellent (Off or Relec) in the form of spray, bracelet and patch. A lot of underwear (to be able to change whenever you are sweating). A coat and pants, especially if you come during the rainy season; because, it can be colder. First Aid Kit (plasters, compresses, bandages, disinfectant, saline solution, antidiarrheal, protection against mosquito bites and haematoma). Washing powder Camera Cap Travel insurance Padlock If you are staying more than three months in Costa Rica and if you are going to travel across the country, you can take “As-Bendazol” before leaving. It is an antiparasitic available without prescription. Keep in mind that the authorities will ask you around 30$ when you leave the country. Also, you cannot stay more than 90 days in he country without a visa. If you want to stay longer, you will have to leave the country during at least 72 hours. What Does A Volunteer Need To Bring To the camp? (Packing)

Essential: Sunblock Dark clothes for night patrols (light) Headlamp with red light (you can put a translucent red paper on it) Washing powder

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What Does A Volunteer Need To Bring To our programs? (Packing)

Put your stuff in plastic bags, it is useful to organize them and if it rains, they will not get wet. Moreover, we will be able to put more stuff in your luggage if you use plastic bags.

The things you want to protect from the humidity, put them in plastic bags with zipper, then remove the air with a straw.

Some products are more expensive in Costa Rica than in your country. For example, the batteries and hygiene products tends to be more expensive in Costa Rica.

Take cash with you in an emergency, for example if your card it is not working here. The cheapest way to get money is to withdraw it from an ATM (be careful, sometimes the banks charge a lot of money). Also, you need to make sure, before coming, that your card will be working here (do not hesitate to give your itinerary to your bank officer in order to avoid any suspicion of fraud. The currency change from the airport is the more expensive way to get money.

Keep your flasks in airtight bags so that your clothes will not get wet if your flasks spill. Put those bags in between your clothes to cushion them.

Do not bring fresh food with you, it will be taken by the customs service. Only the food which is wrapped and cooked could be accepted in the territory.

They do not sell hand rolling tobacco in Costa Rica.

Make a photocopy of your passport and laminate it. Take it with you in stead of your passport when you go for a walk or go shopping.

Take a picture of your passport and upload it to a private website so that someone in your country has access to it.

It is easier if you put the stuff you need the most in the top of your backpack. Besides, it is better for your back to put the heavy stuff in the top of your bag.

If you need an adaptor, the sell them in hardware stores in San José. They are really cheap.

 

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