About the local hosting organizationACI COSTA RICA.
About the volunteer workACOTPRO is an organization founded by the people of Progreso, this community struggles to protect the turtles that arrived to the region of Bahia Drake, Progreso Beach, Ganadito, and Ganado Beach. Besides that this organization tries to educate the community about the importance to preserve their natural resources. This association is integrated by 29 members of the community of the village. The beach where the turtles arrive is located 3.5 km from the village, so during the Turtle high season that starts in July and finish in October, they organize the work in different shifts during the 24 hours. This community is located at Bahia Drake, that is resting on the northern side of the Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay (BahÝa Drake) is an adventure-seekers place. Description of the local community: El Progreso is a small village mainly with family houses very close to the beautiful beaches of Bahia Drake. The main economic activity is the agriculture, and also people live from the tourism that comes to Bahia Drake. This community is very far away from main cities! Possible tasks for the volunteer: ï‚· Night patrols at the beach, this include spotting turtles, recollecting the eggs, measuring the turtle and laying the eggs on the safe location, it is important to know that the volunteer will be never alone ï‚· To tend the 'Vivero' (Hatchery) they have to watch the nest to find out when the eggs ecosionate, but also must check if any predator is feeding from the nest (ants, crabs, birds) ï‚· Helping to clean the beaches Further Information: Volunteers are staying in host families in the community. They will receive a training of two days related to the tasks and information about turtles. You can apply to work in ACOTPRO for the work period of July-December. The volunteer´s schedule is flexible. ** Turtles Season at ACOTPRO: The high season is from July to December. This project receives volunteers just in this period of the year. In low season they do not receive volunteers.
Local accommodationThe volunteers stay in a host family of the community
About the project locationBay Drake, PenÝnsula de Osa, Puntarenas.
Extra info about the projectExtra fees to pay on arrival based on a 1 week stay 290 USD (camp fee 140 $ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 140 $ for each extra week. Open all year, arrival date is free. NESTING SEASON : open from July to December.