1. The principle objective of the project is to monitor the different species of adult female turtles that nest on Montezuma beach, in order to develop and propose a conservation strategy for the protection of these creatures.
2. Another main objective is to create areas for research in biodiversity for the use of students from state and private universities, and also international students to develop their dissertations.
3. To develop community outreach activities
4. To be involved in environmental education focusing on neighboring communities, to assist them in caring for these eco systems.
5. To provide an enriching experience for both national and international volunteers.
Justification: There are currently 4 species of sea turtle that frequent the beaches of the lateral pacific of Costa Rica. (Olive Ridley – Lepidochelys olivácea, Black Turtle – Chelonia mydas agassiss, Hawksbill – Eretmochelys imbricatta, and Leatherback – Dermochelys coriacea). All of these species are in danger of extinction due to various human activities – such as the development of coastal areas, unnecessary lighting, the transit of vehicles and people on nesting beaches, the poaching and predation of nests, and the incidental fishing of adult male and female turtles, by fishing fleets, shrimp trawlers, and oceanic long lines.
Specific Location: The Montezuma sea turtle conservation project is located in the southern part of the peninsular, in Puntarenas province, and belongs to the Tempisque Conservation area. It is a public beach of approximately 2km long, and is also an important tourist area. It is an area of both dry plains and marshland – permanent and seasonal. It is distanced 8km from the small town of Cobano, approx.40km from the ferry port of Paquera ( with ferries to Puntarenas) and just over 140km from the capital city of San Jose.
? Maintenance of infrastructure and surroundings.
? Beach cleaning.
? Night patrols to look for nesting female turtles (in season)
? Transport of food and wáter supply
? Collection of data relevant to nesting activity(in nesting season. Collection and transferal of eggs to the hatchery, tagging and measurements of turtles)
? Monitoring and security of hatchery ( in season)
? Releasing baby turtles into the ocean.(in hatchling season)
? Collection of nest data (in nesting season)
? No alcohol or stimulating substances may be consumed at the project.
? No smoking at the hatchery and the house for volunteers.
? Volunteers are not permitted to be in town after 9pm.
?Keep clean all common areas
?Maintain good personal hygiene, behavior and vocabulary
?Please leave all tools and equipment clean and in their correct place..
?Respect hours of night patrols, and respect Project coordinators and other volunteers.
?Obey all safety recommendations and the rules that are established so that the project runs smoothly
What is the maximum capacity?
Maximum 31 Volunteers. Preference is given to volunteers who are available to stay for
longer than 2 weeks.
Is there a gender preference?
What level of Spanish does a volunteer need?
Basic. Any other languages is considered an advantage.
Is there an age limit?
Minimum age of 18 years old
You will work between 6 and 10 hours per day depending on nesting intensity and commitments in the community. The majority of the work will take place at night, and daytime activities will depend on the necessities of the project and the weather.
The accommodation at Montezuma is a basic structure–actually two apartments joined together –
that consists of a large common areas and balcony’s, kitchen and eating area.
There are three dorm rooms with bunk beds for volunteers. There are showers and toilet facilities, running water, and drinking water available.
We have two rest rooms.
Volunteers will receive three meals a day at the project (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Food provided is according to a typical Costa Rican diet, and consists mainly of rice, beans, salads, pastas vegetables and fruits.
Please note that, besides the daily fee that covers accomodation and food, a subscription fee of $60 is requested for enrollment.