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Sea Turtle and Mangrove Conservation Volunteer Program in Costa Rica

Interested in protecting endangered sea turtles and preserving vital mangrove ecosystems? Do you have a passion for conservation and want to make a tangible impact in Costa Rica's coastal habitats? Are you ready for a hands-on experience volunteering with sea turtles and mangroves in one of the world's biodiversity hotspots?

Costa Rica, a gem nestled in Central America, enchants visitors with its stunning natural landscapes and rich biodiversity. From lush rainforests bustling with exotic wildlife to pristine beaches caressed by turquoise waters, the country is a haven for nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike.

However, amidst this natural splendor, Costa Rica faces challenges in preserving its biodiversity. Beautiful creatures like sea turtles and mangroves are under threat from illegal activities such as poaching, trade, and habitat destruction. As a result, their populations are declining, placing them at risk of extinction. Protecting these charming animals is crucial to safeguarding Costa Rica's natural heritage for future generations to cherish and enjoy.

IFRE aims to help local organizations to protect these charming animals with their turtle and mangrove conservation project and calls international volunteers to join hands. When you join this project, you will provide invaluable support to conserve these critically endangered animals. This is a unique and extremely rewarding opportunity to give back to the world. Contact IFRE today to learn more about this exceptionally rewarding program.

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

As a volunteer, you'll play a crucial role in helping to safeguard sea turtles and mangroves, two species facing threats from illegal activities and habitat destruction. Together, we can work towards conserving Costa Rica's natural heritage for future generations to cherish and enjoy.

  • Assist in monitoring sea turtles in their natural habitat, including identifying resident turtles and recording scientific data.
  • Help care for weak or injured sea turtles at the project's rescue and rehabilitation center, ensuring they have a calm and comfortable environment.
  • Participate in mangrove reforestation efforts by collecting seeds, planting juvenile plants, and performing maintenance work in the nursery.
  • Support project staff in various tasks such as organizing equipment, maintaining cleanliness, and assisting with research activities.
  • Follow safety protocols and guidelines provided by project staff to ensure the well-being of both volunteers and the animals being cared for.

Skills and Qualifications:

While it's not mandatory, having a basic grasp of the Spanish language is advantageous. Additionally, adopting a proactive attitude is highly recommended to maximize your involvement in the volunteering experience. We encourage volunteers to take initiative, be outgoing, and contribute whenever possible. Consistent attendance and adherence to schedules are essential for optimizing the impact of both volunteers and their projects. Please note that beach patrols entail extensive walking on sandy terrain. Therefore, volunteers should be physically fit and prepared for this aspect of the task.

This project is a greatly rewarding experience as each day will be filled with fun and learning. Your actual daily schedule will vary based on what’s going on at the project at the time you are there.

First Day : Our in-country coordinator will bring you to the project. You’ll meet the great local project staff and have an orientation. You’ll learn all about your service, your daily schedule, safety measures to follow, and the customs and culture of Costa Rica.

Weekdays : Your work begins on the second day, and your schedule is going to vary. A typical day might look something like this:

7.00 to 7.30 AM : Have a delicious local breakfast with your fellow volunteers.

7.45 AM: Get ready for a fun day of volunteering.

12.00 PM: Take a break for lunch. This is a great chance to bond with fellow Costa Rica volunteers or make friends with the local project staff.

3.00 PM: After a hard day’s work, you’ll be ready to relax and take in your beautiful surroundings.

Volunteer Program Fees (US$)

Program Dates

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Volunteers can participate in our program from 1 week up to 12 weeks

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact on the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fees (US$)

Duration Project Fee
  1 Week   320
  2 Weeks   $640
  3 Weeks   $960
  4 Weeks   $1280
  5 Weeks   $1600
  6 Weeks   $1920
  7 Weeks   $2,240
  8 Weeks   $2,560
  9 Weeks   $ 2,880
  10 Weeks   $ 3,200
  11 Weeks   $ 3,520
  12 Weeks   $ 3,840

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »

Spanish Immersion Classes

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica - $150/week

San Jose, Costa Rica - $125/week

Program Fees Cover:

  • Shared Accommodation with host family
  • 2 meals per day (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Airport Pick up
  • In-country support
  • Program Orientation
  • Project Management
  • Volunteer Certificate
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

The volunteering in Costa Rica program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for any additional expenses.

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Meals and Accommodations

On project days, volunteers will receive two meals per day, provided in shared group housing. For those preferring greater privacy, upgrades to private rooms are available for an additional fee. Accommodation options range from dormitory-style living to upgraded private accommodations. Additionally, volunteers will have the opportunity to attend educational presentations and practical training sessions to become acquainted with their assigned tasks.

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Free Time and Weekends Exploration

You'll be engaged in volunteering for 4-5 hours a day, five days a week, allowing you ample time in the mornings, evenings, and weekends to explore the wonders of Costa Rica. Costa Rica provides an enriching cultural journey with an abundance of attractions, encompassing museums, theaters, live music venues, and a variety of dining experiences.

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Safety and in Country Support

At IFRE, your safety is our utmost priority to ensure a successful and secure volunteer abroad experience. We provide guaranteed safe housing and assign you to a welcoming host family who will assist you in navigating the local area. Furthermore, we partner with reputable organizations, offer health coverage, and provide continuous support from our dedicated in-country team, available to assist you at all times. Your well-being is our primary concern throughout your volunteer journey.

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IFRE handles all the necessary arrangements for your volunteer trip to Costa Rica. Here are some important details to note when traveling abroad with us:

Arrival and Departure:

Upon your arrival, you will land at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. Please provide us with your flight details so we can arrange for your pickup. Our airport representative will greet you at the airport and accompany you to your placement. Please be aware that IFRE does not provide transportation for departure.


It is essential to apply for a tourist visa before your trip. Be sure to research the specific requirements for your home country, as some volunteers may be eligible for an on-arrival visa depending on nationality. Additionally, Costa Rica offers a 90-day visa extension option. For more detailed information, please visit the Immigration website of Costa Rica.


To safeguard your health while traveling abroad, ensure your vaccinations are up to date. We recommend consulting a travel doctor who is knowledgeable about health issues and epidemics in Costa Rica. You can also find vaccination requirements from reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Health Canada, or Travelers' Health United Kingdom. It is highly recommended to receive all necessary vaccinations before volunteering in our program in Costa Rica. Make sure you are up to date on routine vaccines, as well as Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid vaccinations.

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