Sea Turtle Conservation at Punta Mala Wildlife Refuge

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi


The Corcovado Foundation sea turtle conservation and volunteering program is now in its 15th year and we need all hands on board!

We offer the opportunity for people who wants to make a difference and actively participate in the conservation of endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa Peninsula and the Caribbean.

As a volunteer, you will take part in conservation, environmental education and ecotourism activities. You will meet new people and can immerse yourself in pristine wilderness and genuine Costa Rican culture. Our successful strategy works to combine environmental education and conservation activities to give local communities a viable socioeconomic alternative to poaching.

Your financial contribution not only will be used for your room and board, but also will help us pay for supplies, and the salaries of biologists that will work with you. You will be contributing with your talent and your financial support to maintain the program.

Voluntariado tortugas Costa Rica
Sea turtles releasing / Liberación de tortuguitas

About the Work

As a volunteer you will take part in sea turtle conservation activities, including night patrols, relocating nests, recording scientific data, tagging of turtles, nest exhumations and the liberation of hatchlings. You may also be required to work on eco-tourism, environmental education and construction activities.

What about Free Time?

We know that volunteers come not only to work but also to discover the incredible nature. The project offers the possibility of unforgettable tours and activities that can be arranged there.

How much does it cost?

Please see below the rates per person, per night expressed in US dollars:

  • Costa Rican and Residents:
    • $25 per night
  • Foreigners
    • $29 per night, staying 27 days or less.
    • $25 per night, staying more than 28 days

This amount covers accommodation, three meals per day, training and transportation from Esterillos Oeste to the project. It does not cover the arrival and departure costs to/from Esterillos Oeste, nor tours and other expenses.

Apply Now!

Please complete the Volunteer Registration Form and send via email to at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival.

You will receive a confirmation email, along with a comprehensive Volunteer Orientation Manual with detailed information about transportation, what to bring and what to expect.

Payment for your stay must be received before you arrive. In order to pay, please use this secure link and select ‘Volunteer Program’. Please note that payment for the first two weeks is non-refundable.

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Volunteering for the 2020 Season

We are very happy to announce that in this 2020 season, we are going to start a sea turtle conservation program at the Playa Hermosa-Punta Mala Wildlife Refuge, and this protect the population of sea turtles in the central Pacific, which is very little known.

Placements are available from July 01st to December 15th.  In order to optimize the orientation and training process volunteers are asked to arrive at the project on Tuesdays.

Minimum stay:

Two weeks.


  • Age: 18 years old or more
  • Good physical condition,
  • Basic Spanish or English.
  • You must be friendly, communicative.
  • Able to work in extreme weather conditions for 4-6 hours per day.
  • You must have a medical travel insurance policy for the duration of your stay.



We started this project with great enthusiasm, with the support of the park rangers, ACOPAC, to protect the nesting females on this beach and estimate their real population. Not much is known about the population and what the turtle species are.

The Playa Hermosa-Punta Mala National Wildlife Refuge has 6 kilometers of beach, and is located in the central Pacific of Costa Rica, south of Jaco and north of Manuel Antonio Beach. The camp is located in Punta Mala facing the sea, with mixed rooms with shared bathrooms where the 3 meals and training are offered. The camp has several common areas, and relaxation and at the same time some of the best views of a surf beach. There is electricity in the area, and mobile phone reception.

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