Ecological Reserve Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

10 reviews10

Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Top Host
This host receives lots of worldpackers and has a high average rating, being recognized by the community as a Top Host.
Help a sustainable project
7 travelers confirmed that this host is actively contributing to a more sustainable future for everyone!
High demand host
This host has received 5 applications recently. We recommend you apply for other positions too.
Connect with nature
10 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Connect with international travelers
9 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
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.
Animal Care
Help look after and take care of animals.
Social Work
Help with volunteer work in local projects and communities.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
Additional Fee
This host charges a fee in addition to the cost of the Worldpackers annual plan.

Additional fee required

This host charges a fee in addition to the cost of Worldpackers’ annual plans.


US$ 250

Per week

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Additional fee covers food, accommodation and all training on the project. Volunteers learn valuable skills and our staff work hard to ensure you have a life changing experience ♥️ Please note: Weekly contribution will go up to $290 per week from 01/01/24 🐢

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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.
Team Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.
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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Stay at least
2 weeks
Stay up to
12 weeks

The Experience

Help us protect and study the sea turtles on our nesting beaches as we conduct morning census and night patrols. You will have the chance to get up close to nesting mother turtles and be there when the babies emerge from the nest. You will also get involved in our sustainability projects by helping in our garden as we try and produce as much food as possible and our plastic up-cycling project, turning plastic in to new products. Help us!

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  • Intermediate Spanish or Intermediate English
  • Over 18 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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Ecological Reserve


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 10 Get in touch with nature
  • 9 Meeting international travelers
  • 9 Developing environmental awareness
  • 6 Learning about sustainability
  • 6 Practicing Spanish
  • 5 Meeting locals

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 7 14. Life below water
  • 5 12. Responsible consumption and production
  • 5 13. Climate action

United States


This has been one of the most impactful adventures I've ever had. It's a simple life with absolutely no creature comforts and that may not be for everyone but it was perfect for me! Stepping into the center of an incredible jungle and working hard with like minded people was exactly what I wanted and needed. Every person here was so warm and welcoming and absolutely hilarious. I'm very sad to leave but I know I have to come back again! Definitely recommend to anyone wanting to help make an impact in the world.

5 days ago

Isa replied

Thank you so much for coming to us, to show your true self and explore beyond the unknown. We can't wait to have you here and soon! We were so happy to have you here and to see you learn, grow and love. in such a magical place.

The tortugas already miss you, and so do we!

Much love from the whole team <3

Much love and always the best wishes.


United Kingdom


My time at the reserve was truly amazing! Being able to learn about and work alongside the different species of turtles is something I will never forget. However, what made this experience extra special was the people. The community they have built at the reserve is like a family that I feel very lucky to have been a part of. I definitely hope to return in the future!

6 days ago



This experience was truly incredible. All of the people are so kind and truly make it feel like a family. The work you do it so amazing and so very rewarding. I would say that you really get out of it whatever you put into it- go into it with a positive outlook and a willingness to work and learn, and it will be something incredible. It was such a positive experience and certainly something that I will remember for the rest of my life. I could not recommend it more, I genuinely don't have the words to express just how absolutely amazing the whole experience was.

21 days ago

United States


I had an amazing experience at the reserve. The hands on learning was invaluable and I learned so much during my time there. It can be a lot of hard work so come prepared with a positive attitude and willingness to be of service. The accommodations are quite rustic which personally I found charming and it made me love it that much more but know going in that if you are uncomfortable with a more rural style of living this might not be the best fit for you. Overall an absolutely incredible experience and I will definitely be returning again.

about 1 month ago

United Kingdom


I really enjoyed my stay!! The people are amazing and the work was so interesting. I learnt loads and saw lots of amazing wildlife. I hope to come back at some point in the future :)

3 months ago

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