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You will be working with the biologist and other local staff as they collect and process biometric data, collect and protect eggs in a nursery, and guide hatchlings and adult turtles back into the sea and away from danger. This placement is very much what you make it. Obviously, the level of your involvement will depend on your experience and knowledge. You must be flexible to the needs of the centre.
What we offer
Volunteer experiences have a direct and positive impact on local communities by injecting money into the local economy through the purchase of food, transportation, and tourism activities. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the comunity and make a difference in the world. Depending on the type of volunteer experience you are interested in, your time can be spent improving educational resources and opportunities, providing medical services to underserved communities, or promoting environmental conservation and sustainable farming techniques.
The Turtle Sanctuary Biologist Internship project is located near Bataan in the Limon Province of Costa Rica. It is a beautiful and isolated beach only accessible by boat, which will be arranged by the project itself. The rescue centre’s atmosphere is international, with professionals and students from various organizations assisting in projects involving monkeys, crocodiles and turtles. You will stay on the island all week, but the boat goes into town on the weekends.
We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to our center. Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation.
Your schedule will be flexible, but you should be prepared to be active for 4-8 hours a day. You will have lunch with your local co-workers and pax and can expect to be occupied between 09:00 in the morning until just before 16:00, depending on your schedule, giving you plenty of time to immerse yourself in the project and to get to know co-workers.
The project site is in the northern Caribbean, on the beach with the highest nesting rate for leatherback turtles in the Caribbean.
We require a CV and letter of motivation, either in Spanish or English. The placement is not confirmed until the CV is accepted by our partner organization.
Three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends) are included during your stay. The meals will mainly be a mix of traditional and modern Costa Rican food, so you may experience the Costa Rican take on foods you will be familiar with. Most meals will include either fish, chicken, pork or beef, but vegetarians can be catered for.
During your internship, you will be placed in a sanctuary where there will be 1-2 persons in each room. Your accommodation includes running water and furnishing, which will be included in your program.
The accommodation is located in an existing established business environment of multiple (international) organisation and companies, Expats and English speaking professionals with the possibility for the intern to interact with.