Ecological Reserve Rincon de san josecito, Costa Rica

7 reviews7

Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer

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This host has recently approved volunteers and is looking for more applications.
Connect with nature
6 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Expand your environmental consciousness
5 travelers felt they returned from this experience with a greater environmental consciousness
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 with a wide range of repairs or building.
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.
Shared Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
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.
Discounts on Tours
Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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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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Additional Fee Required

Volunteers contribute an amount per day to cover expenses for food, maintenance of the project (materials within the camp and conducting conservation aspects), accommodation, ammenities, etc. Apply for more info!


  • Intermediate English or Intermediate Spanish
  • Between 18 and 40 years old
  • Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
2 weeks
Stay up to
8 weeks

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Hours & Tasks


Ecological Reserve


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

6 Get in touch with nature

5 Developing environmental awareness

5 Meeting international travelers

5 Learning about sustainability

5 Immersing in the local culture

3 Practicing Spanish



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!

6 months 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,,...

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.

7 months ago

United States


This project is at the most beautiful location you could think of. You are right by the beach and in a very secluded part of Costa Rica. This was the perfect time to go because I was able to see the whole process with the turtles. It was a very magical experience. Now the host..I feel as though this project has passed it's prime. The photos that are shown are a couple years old when the other co-founder was still a part of the project. I believe she ran this project much better and was more organized/professional. The host now can be rude and is unsocial. Also the fee is $35/day not $10.

9 months ago

Esteban replied

Thank you for sharing your point of view about the project and the coordinator, about the daily commission we are very clear when we send you the information packet, you, like all those who have come, have agreed to pay the daily commission, so I do not see the reason why he mentions it if you agree to come to the project with that rate, you are not forced to accept, the other thing is that the coordinator is very direct and especially when people try to lie to his face as he has done, you did not want to work and you simply lied to not do it and justify your fault, for this reason, knowing what you were doing, you have been told the truth up front, if you call that rude, then that's how it is, but you must be more sincere as you do it by this means and not leave without saying goodbye



The project is in a beautiful part of Costa Rica. You're completely immersed in nature, sound of the waves crashing as you go to sleep. Night patrols are a lot of fun and it's magical being able to watch turtles Lay their eggs... However, myself and 3 other volunteers all had to leave early because of the host. He is unsocial, does not care about the volunteers, he largely disappears for most of the day with zero guidance on what needs to be done. does not take kindly to suggestions for improvement and is often very rude. He would often forget it's his turn to cook there would be no meal.

10 months ago

United States


It was a very peaceful & remote environment to stay in. As a native English-speaker & knowing just the very basics of Spanish, the long travels via busses and taxis were quite stressful. Most everyone was nice and welcoming. I loved learning about the reserve turtles, sustainability, and making a positive impact. I met some great friends there. It was nice to cook and eat together. I wish we would've taken more hikes & explored more as a group, as well as more eco-projects. Some tasks given were unfair and controlled. Some people stayed for free and didn't help with tasks, which wasn't fair either.

11 months ago

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