About the local hosting organizationACI Costa Rica is a non-profit NGO that promotes and runs programs of intercultural learning and international volunteering with young people from all corners of the world, guiding them in their participation in social and ecological projects and helping them to gain new perspectives of the world. In Costa Rica we run several different volunteering programs: sending and receiving, short-term and long-term, for groups and for individuals. We are an active member of ICYE – International Cultural Youth Exchange – a federation of NGOs with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, and representation on five continents through its partner organizations and committees. ICYE has been declared an International Peace Messenger by the United Nations for its contributions to intercultural learning
About the volunteer workThe sea turtle conservation program is a scientific-based conservation activity in which the organizations involved try to increase the amount of sea turtle hatchings in order to give higher survival rates. The main goal of these projects is to help the recovering of sea turtle populations. The species of sea turtles that you can find on these beaches are: Leatherback, Olive riddle, Hawksbill, Green and Logger Head, depending on which project and season you visit. Tasks will be (in Montezuma): • Monitor the ocean turtle nesting at Montezuma beach • Signaling of the beaches and construction of the hatchery of the sea turtle projects • Night patrols for protection and collection of information about the sea turtles. • Construction and reparation of the trails for public use at Montezuma beach. • Maintenance of the infrastructure of the project • Cleaning of the beach • Support in environmental education activities and communal protection Tasks will be (in Buena Vista): Maintenance of the infrastructure and surroundings Cleaning of the beaches Transport of alimentation and water Collection the information about the nesting activity (collection and measures of the eggs in the hatchery, marking of females) Monitoring and surveillance of the hatcheries Liberation of the babies Collection of information about the nests
Local accommodationVolunteers live in the project. They will be accomodated either in Montezuma Beach or in Buena Vista Beach (it´s the decision of ASVO). Three meals per day are included.
About the project locationThe camps are located within walking distances from the beach. Apart from the sea turtles, you will also have high chances of seeing tropical birds, iguanas and monkeys. Turtle nesting season: July – December Montezuma: Montezuma Beach is located on the peninsula of Nicoya, province of Puntarenas and belongs to the conservation area of Tempisque. The place has electricity, potable water and a phone. Volunteers have to work 6 to 10 hours per day depending on the intensity of nesting activity and community support commitments. The work is done mostly during the night hours, daytime schedule will depend on the type of activity to develop and the rains of the season. Every week volunteers have a day off. Buena Vista: Buena Vista Beach is a nesting beach of approximately 2.8 km of length and limited in the north by the blind estuary and in the south by the river Buena Vista, the back of the beach is limited by a system of mangroves, which depend on water from the river and tides, beach slope is low ranging between 3 ° and 4 ° to swell, so the currents are strong which makes it an ideal place for surfing. Volunteers have to work 6 to 10 hours per day depending on the intensity of nesting activity and community support commitments. The work is done mostly during the night hours, daytime schedule will depend on the type of activity to develop and the rains of the season. Every week volunteers have a day off.
Requirements The volunteer needs to like it/needs to have the willingness to work in a natural tropic forest and beach and to work physically under hard conditions. Basic Spanish Level Volunteers are needed with a strong desire for collaboration, excellent physical condition and adaptability to coexist with utilities, those volunteers who have prior knowledge in biology or conservation of turtles (not a must) are preferred, it considered an advantage if staff has expertise in construction or carpentry. All volunteers have to bring linens (sheets, blankets), mosquito repellent, sun block, personal articles, comfortable and light clothes, dark clothing with long sleeves , comfortable shoes (closed for work), water bottle, flashlight with red light and a hat.
Extra info about the projectThere doesn´t necessarily have to be 10 male and 10 female volunteers. It rather could vary. A total of 20 volunteers refers to Buena Vista Beach. In Montezuma Beach there is a maximum of 14 volunteers (every two weeks) possible.