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Tortuguero Sea Turtle Experiences

Eco-Volunteer Program

Go wild with sea turtles! Experience sustainable travel with a splash of conservation by participating in STC's Eco-Volunteer Adventure in Costa Rica. This fun and educational opportunity blends research with an exotic location to get you involved in protecting endangered sea turtles.
What is an Eco-Volunteer Adventure?

An Eco-Volunteer Adventure is a unique and educational way to take part in sustainable travel that helps conservation. With hands-on opportunities Eco-Volunteer Adventures are designed to get you up close and personal with sea turtles or birds.

Who can participate?

Eco-Volunteers must be 18 years or older. This experience is ideal for educators, couples, spring breakers, groups, or anyone who is interested in helping sea turtles and making a difference. Discounts are available for groups of six or more.

What does my Eco-Volunteer Adventure include?
  • Orientation and training
  • Hands on field research
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals a day and snacks, including authentic Caribbean Costa Rican dishes
  • In-country transportation
  • Leisure time for exploration
  • Travel logistics and scheduling
  • Wildlife Boat Excursion through Tortuguero's Canal System

What will my accommodations be like?

There are three types of accommodations available:

    $     Rustic, dorm-style living, includes 2 sets of bunk beds and community bathrooms
    $$   Scientist residence includes private bedrooms and bathrooms with a common living area
    $$$ Eco-lodges are completely private accommodations only a five minute walk from the research station

When can I plan my Eco-Volunteer Adventure?

Eco-Volunteer Adventures run from March through October. Options include 1, 2 and 3 week sessions. Click here for more information on session dates.

How much does an Eco-Volunteer Adventure cost?

Prices start at $1,508 per person, all inclusive. This price does not include international airfare. Click here for more details on pricing.

Are there any physical requirements to participate?

All Eco-Volunteers must be in good physical health. Nightly sea turtle patrols will be done on the soft black sand of Tortuguero beach. Eco-Volunteers will cover between 5-6 miles over a period of 4-5 hours each night. Conditions in this tropical location are hot and humid, and insect life is plentiful. It is important that all travelers are aware of the demanding physical conditions before signing up. Review Health Requirements for all Eco-Volunteers.

What makes Eco-Volunteer Adventures unique?

This is an exciting way to participate in sea turtle conservation while vacationing in an exotic, tropical location. What makes Eco-Volunteer Adventures even better is that your money will be supporting sea turtle conservation at one of the most important nesting beaches in the Western Hemisphere. Plus, a portion of your fee is tax deductible!

Eco-Volunteer Programs Brochure

Read Comments from Past Eco-Volunteers.

Read about Tortuguero National Park & The Regional Climate.

If you feel the desire to give back while on vacation in an exotic, foreign country, come participate in one of our Eco-Volunteer Adventures. We would love to have you as part of our team!

Online Registration Request Form
Click on one of the Eco-Volunteer Adventures below to learn more!

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