Travel with Conservation Volunteers International Program on our Costa Rica Volunteer Trip to experience conservation in the land known for its progressive environmental policies and rich biodiversity. In collaboration with local nonprofits, we participate in projects to help sea turtles, Scarlet Macaws, and Resplendent Quetzals.
We meet in San José, the capital of Costa Rica, then travel south to Punta Banco on the Burica Peninsula in southern Costa Rica where we help protect the area’s biodiversity by participating in a sea turtle preservation program. The sea turtle project is under the auspices of the Proyecto Conservación Tortugas (Punta Banco Community Association), a local nonprofit community organization founded in 2004 to “improve the conservation conditions of sea turtles that inhabit and nest along the coastline of the Osa canton, particularly at Punta Banco beach.” During the volunteer sea turtle project time, the group will participate in late night and early morning beach patrols to locate, excavate, and relocate sea turtle nests to a protected turtle hatchery. Project work will also include working in and around the turtle hatchery, painting signs, recording scientific data, as well as beach cleanups inside the project area and surrounding rivers and beaches.
Be sure to bring your camera to enjoy the great wildlife photography opportunities you will encounter as we pause during our travels. Traveling from San José along the Pacific coast to the Burica Peninsula, we volunteer at an almond tree nursery to help support the endangered Scarlet Macaws. Returning from our sea turtle project to San José through the highland forests, we build nests for Resplendent Quetzals. Join the Costa Rica Volunteer Trip and Travel with Purpose!