DESTINATION: Costa Rica DURATION: up to 4 weeks
It’s ‘gnnaarrrrllllyyyy duuuudddeee’. It really is. The aim of the project is to help protect and preserve some natural nesting sites for sea turtles that do not hold an official category of protection from the government. Just imagine releasing tiny baby turtles into the sea!
Did you relate more to the turtle scene of “Finding Nemo” than any other section of the film? Are you an activist, an environmentalist, or just a straight up animal lover? This species is in danger of extinction as a result of various human activities such as infrastructure development, light pollution, transportation of vehicles, and the capture of adult turtles. Becoming a volunteer on this amazing programme will allow you to play a part in securing the future of these fascinating creatures.
During your time as a volunteer you may undertake various activities that depend on your location. These may include helping to construct a turtle hatchery, protecting and closely monitoring the recovered eggs in the hatchery, marking turtles that are nesting, searching for marked turtles and collecting data, releasing baby sea turtles from the hatchery, helping with maintenance of the facilities of the project, planting trees in different areas of the beach and town, and numerous other activities.
Does it get any better than Costa Rica? The two locations are Buena Vista or Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica, and are equally as enticing. Costa Rica itself is a very popular destination, with attractions that appeal to all tastes, especially nature lovers.
Live on the pacific coast of Central America with its beautiful beaches and help save the sea turtle species with a mix of science and positive human intervention. An opportunity not to be missed!
Students hoping to gain a place in competitive programs, such as veterinary medicine, gain immeasurable steps in their careers by participating in projects such as the Conservation of Sea Turtles gap year program. You won’t often come across an application that lists saving an endangered species with such hands-on measures so set yourself up now with a program you will love in a beautiful country you’d love to explore. Accommodation and food will be provided, and year13 will set you up with a program that will support you during every necessary measurement such as flights, visas, and other arrangements.