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 workACOTPRO is an organization founded by the people of El Progreso, this community struggles to protect the turtles that arrived to the region of Bahia Drake. Besides, this organization tries to educate the community about the importance of preserving their natural resources. Tasks will be: - Wildlife conservation: protecting the turtles by means of night patrols at the beach. This includes spotting turtles, recollecting the eggs, measuring the turtle and laying the eggs in a safe location. It is important to know that the volunteer will never be alone. The volunteer will have to tend the hatchery. Furthermore, he/she has to watch the nest to be there if the eggs breed and also check if any predator is living on the nest (ants, crabs, birds). - Forest conservation: implement reforestation programs in the community - Educational program: establish an environmental program for the children of the village and support them learning English or other languages - Clean the beaches.
Local accommodationVolunteer lives in a host family in El Progreso. Three meals per day are included.
About the project locationThe community of Progreso is located at Bahia Drake, that is resting on the northern side of the Osa Peninsula. Bahía Drake is an adventure-seekers place. It is named after Sir Francis Drake who is believed to have explored this coast in the late 16th century. The beach where the turtles arrive is located 3.5 km from the village. 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. During the turtle high season that starts in July and finishs in October, the volunteers organize the work in different shifts during the 24 hours. Examples for night patrols (it depends on ocean`s tides): First Patrol: From 7:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Second Patrol: From 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. The schedule is flexible. Weekends are free.
Requirements• Willing to do hard physical work, under extreme conditions (heat, rain, work overnight) • Living in simple conditions in very rural areas • Accepting to be far away from cities or other volunteers • Proactive and with a lot of initiative • Teamwork skills • Willing to work under supervision • Person who like outdoor activities and hiking (beach, and forest) • Be a good swimmer and in really good physical conditions (health certificate)
Extra info about the projectIt doesn´t necessarily has to be 2 male and 2 female volunteers. It rather could vary.