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"My first impression ...

was biased as it is in the jungle and the variety of creatures and plants give an instant attraction to the area.

Although I can confirm after completing the project that my first impression have stayed with me. It’s not just a scenery, the creatures or the flora, but the satisfaction of directly and indirectly helping to saves endangered turtles. I’ve learnt a lot about turtles that I didn’t know before ... it has all been a fulfilling experience." - Jake

What will I be doing?

With your help as a volunteer, we aim to support innovative scientific research through collaboration with local and international researchers. 

  • Currently, we offer opportunities to volunteer with sea turtle, dolphin, whale, and crocodile research efforts. Depending on your preference, length of stay, and season, beach and in-water patrols will occur at least once a day alongside trained personal.

  • If interested, we encourage volunteers to get involved with the community by providing progressive environmental education and training to future generations with a focus on local schools and colleges.


"Absolutely amazing

Just to be around such passionate and knowledgeable people is so inspiring, let alone having the opportunity to work alongside them and to help the turtles has been fantastic! We received such a warm welcome and the location is so beautiful. Seeing how hard the team works to keep the beach clean has really made me think about my plastic use and lifestyle." - Edward

Where will I be staying?

Contributing to local families is core to our mission — which is why we encourage volunteers to take advantage of our Homestay Program.

  • Basic accommodations are available with local, trusted families in Golfito during your time volunteering.

  • Freshly prepared meals, often offering local fare, are included three times per day. Diet restrictions can happily be accommodated!

  • Learn, practice or perfect your Spanish skills while interacting with your homestay family.


"We felt at home.

As a teacher with 14 students this was a wonderful and special place, not only for myself but for all of them. We spent our time on beach patrols — picking up litter, looking for freshly laid turtle eggs and generally enjoying the views, as well as attempting to make coconut oil and clearing the beach of logs so that the baby turtles can reach the sea safely. Phoebe was kind, fun and informative. I know the students will leave this place with a greater awareness of not only turtle conservation but of the impact on the environment that our small decisions and choices we make can have." - Liz

How much will it cost?

We believe volunteering should be accessible.

  • The cost to volunteer is $295 per person per week, with a minimum two week stay. Price includes room, board, and training.

  • Shorter volunteer options may be accommodated, please contact osaecology@gmail.com with requests.

  • Airfare, transportation, and tours are not included in this cost. For more information on how to get to Costa Rica and what to do while you’re here, please visit Changing Tide Tours.

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