Marine Conservation, Puerto Jimenez
Application fee: US $189
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
In conjunction with beach-based conservation work, volunteers undertake boat trips to monitor and research sea turtle, dolphin, and whale populations in
the local marine area. A willing volunteer workforce is critical to completing the many tasks and ambitious goals of this program. The primary role of the participant is to help with night patrols for eggs in shifts of 4 hours.
Other important tasks include cleaning of the sanctuary, cleaning of the beach, and maintenance of the nursery, including helping create turtle nests, watching over the turtle eggs, collecting important data on turtles, and helping in a variety of projects needed for the development and continuation of the conservation project.
They will also help with dolphin and whale monitoring in the area by participating in boat excursions with a marine biology researcher. The participants will receive a first-hand demonstration of how important data is collected from observing these animals and used to assist in their conservation efforts. Researchers select a specific area to monitor and stop every 30 minutes to record the GPS location, water temperature (using a specialized thermometer), whether dolphins/whales are present, how many animals there are, and notes about their behavior(whether the animals are feeding, playing, etc.).
Save endangered sea turtle species from extinction
● Assist with projects to improve the environment in which sea turtles, dolphins, and whales live, feed, breed, and nest
● Rescue, rehabilitate, and release turtles in need of assistance
● Monitor turtle, dolphin, and whale populations with an aim to protect and preserve them
● Participate in boat excursions for the purpose of locating dolphin and whale populations in order to collect data about their environmental conditions and behavior
● Enable inter-cultural exchange between international volunteers and locals.