About the local hosting organizationACI COSTA RICA.
About the volunteer workThe VERDIAZUL LIFE ASSOCIATION (AVIVE) is an independent non-governmental non-profit group born in 2010. The goal is to ensure the conservation of threatened ecosystems and contribute to the well-being of communities who depend on them. The headquarters is located in Playa Junquillal of Santa Cruz, Costa Rica and since 2001 working for the conservation of sea turtles and the Rio Nandamojo. Junquillal is a very important breeding in Pacific Costa Rica of endangered leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), black (Chelonia mydas agassizii) and Loras (Lepidochelys olivacea) area. Looking mitigate poaching of turtles and get increase the welfare of the local population Junquillal, Verdiazul Life Association takes up the conservation project of Pacific leatherback turtles (CBP) to ensure optimal conditions for nesting turtles through active conservation community support. -- Possible tasks for the volunteer: ï‚· The work of night patrols along the beach and nesting sites for turtles ï‚· Monitoring of nests ï‚· Ensure that hatchlings born will not die before reaching the sea ï‚· Supporting the reforestation program and adaptation to climate change ï‚· Keep the beach clean of waste. Turtles Season at Verdiazul: The high season is from November to April. You can come the rest of the months since there is work in the project. Activities like reforestation, cleaning the beach, with the children of the community and also night patrols are done all the year. There is always something to do. They receive around 3-6 turtles per month in low season
Local accommodationThe volunteers stay in the volunteer center (volunteer house with more volunteers), in a host family of the community or in the camping area near the beach (with light and electricity)
About the project locationJunquillal Beach, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste
Extra info about the projectExtra fees to pay on arrival based on a 1 week stay 325 USD (camp fee 175 $ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 175$ for each extra week. Open all year, arrival date is free