Volunteer with A Sea Turtle Project

For those who can brave long walks, late night shifts, insects, and occasional downpours, volunteer work with sea turtles can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Volunteering on a nesting beach is hard work; an opportunity to make a difference, participate in wildlife scientific research, and meet new people.

We work with several community-based organizations around Latin America to help connect volunteers with turtle projects that need help.

If you are looking for a longer-term volunteer program (one week or more), check out these great organizations:

Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (El Salvador & Nicaragua)

Work to help save one of the world's most endangered sea turtle populations.

Timing: April - September

* Research Assistant positions available.

Science Exchange Sea Turtle Internship

Earn college credits for two months of scientific research in Latin America.

Timing: April - December

Ocean Spirits (Grenada)

Work with nesting leatherback turtles. Minimum 2 week commitment.

Timing: Feb - August

Karumbe (Uruguay)

Help research juvenile green turtles in a foraging area.

Timing: December - April

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Latin American Sea Turtles (Costa Rica)

Work with nesting leatherbacks on the Caribbean coast or on a green turtle in-water project on the Osa Peninsula.

Timing: Year round

* Research Assistant positions available.

Fundacion Corcovado (Costa Rica)

Work with nesting olive ridley turtles on the Osa Peninsula, one of the most beautiful parts of Costa Rica.

Timing: July - December

ARCAS (Guatemala)

Work with nesting olive ridleys on the Pacific coast.

PRETOMA / Turtle Trax (Costa Rica)

Olive ridley nesting beach projects along the Pacific coast.

Timing: July - December

Photo credits: WIDECAST Costa Rica, Neil Ever Osborne