Ecological Reserve Rincon de san josecito, Costa Rica

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Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer

High demand host
This host has received 4 applications recently. We recommend you apply for other positions too.
Connect with nature
8 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Learn about sustainability
7 travelers learned about sustainability working with this host
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Animal Care
Help look after and take care of animals.
Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
Additional Fee
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
Shared Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Discounts on Tours
Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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Stay at least
2 weeks
Stay up to
12 weeks

The Experience

Turtle Nesting Season (June-December): - Making nightly patrols in search of nesting turtles, collecting data, and transporting the eggs safely to the turtle hatchery - Keeping the turtle hatchery in order, keeping safe from predators and poaching - Conducting turtle liberations Engagement at the campsite: - Helping with communal tasks (ie: household chores like cooking, cleaning, organizing) - Beach cleanups - Social media / Marketing

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  • Intermediate English or Intermediate Spanish
  • Between 18 and 40 years old
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Hours & Tasks


Ecological Reserve


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 8 Get in touch with nature
  • 7 Learning about sustainability
  • 6 Developing environmental awareness
  • 6 Meeting international travelers
  • 6 Immersing in the local culture
  • 5 Practicing Spanish



It was my first worldpackers experience, and it was amazing. The place where the camp is, is incredible, between the ocean and the jungle. I learned a lot of things. The work is not very complicated and there is a lot of free time. The best moments where when we released the baby turtles into the ocean. And i would never forget the moment i saw a the reserve laying eggs, it was magical.

6 months ago

United Kingdom


This was my first ever solo travel experience and an experience I will never forget. I came all the way from the UK to Costa Rica, when arriving in Costa Rica my luggage was “delayed/lost” with no confirmation of when this will arrive. Esteban at the reserve was ever so kind and thoughtful towards my situation. I want to give a huge thank you to Esteban for being the best host and allowing me to connect with the nesting, hatching, birthing of the reserve turtles. My favourite part of the experience was when the turtles had hatched and we let them go into the ocean and watched them on their journey.

9 months ago

United States


If you are seeking an experience to be fully immersed in the local culture and nature, then this is a great opportunity to do so. However, it is important to know that this experience is true rural living, so the accommodations are basic. For me however, that just added to the charm. Working with the turtles was amazing, and I enjoyed the projects around the house too. The activities depend on the time of the year that you are going, so look into the season ahead of time to know what to expect.

over 1 year ago

United States


Esteban the host was amazing. Right away he made me feel like I was at home. He went out of his way on our days off to take us on amazing adventures. The food he provided was amazing. The work was very fun, I learned many things about sustainability and how to use your resources better. Being there it just felt like one big family, Esteban and I became close, we did lots of fun things and overall this experience was amazing.

almost 2 years ago



The foundation of this experience was great - working with the reserve turtles, living in an environmentally conscious way, and living a slower pace of live. I struggled a bit fully settling into the role due to discrepancies between the information on worldpackers, the info I was given ahead of time, and what was actually expected when I got there. The host was distant and didn't seem all that engaged with the work we had to do, luckily the other volunteers were more than welcoming and helped show me around. I would recommend going in with no expectations to get the most out of the experience!

over 1 year ago

Esteban replied

tendre que hablar sobre ti tambien, una persona anti social, sin motivacion y sin interes, habian 4 personas mas en ese momento se noto mucho cuando llegaste,tyra fua una voluntaria que estuvo dos meses y yo fui la personas que la capacite para que ella tomara la responsabilidad ya que estaria dos meses podria ayudarme con esto, asi que lo que estas diciendo es falso, la persona que no tenia motivacion eres tu, porque el resto todos trabajamos con una sonrrisa en la cara, menos tu, lamento que este lugar no fue para ti,,...

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