COPROT (Comunidad Protectora de Tortugas de Osa) is a project of the Latitude 10 Foundation, a Costa Rican based non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to conservation and grassroots sustainability projects. COPROT was initiated in October 2018 in response to a number of environmental and social problems facing the Osa Peninsula. Our primary aim is to conserve the populations of nesting Olive Ridley and Pacific Green turtles that come up to lay on Playa Carate and Playa Rio Oro, while integrating the local community into our conservation program. We are working with members of the gold-mining community to train them in order to keep paid positions in conservation.
We hope to provide a collection of data so that it can be used to further our understanding of the impact of humans and other causes to the decline of nesting turtles. In addition, we publish our data in order for policy makers to make a positive impact around the world.
What Does it Take to be a RA or Volunteer?
This is a fairly new project that requires driven and innovative individuals that are looking to make a real impact in a developing rural area in Costa Rica. You must be able to live in minimal conditions and survive off of a vegetarian diet while on camp. Our volunteers and research assistants are chosen based off of an individual’s previous experience(s) in conservation.
Volunteers do not require any previous experience and all are encouraged to apply. We are looking for volunteers who are excited to collect data on nesting female turtles during patrols, teach and plan english lessons for our local people, take part in hatchling releases, learn how to garden, and who are keen to be more involved with nature.
La Leona, Carate, and Rio Oro Beaches, on the Osa Peninsula
- Recording data accurately and with detail while performing field work
- Working 6 days out of the week for at least 8 hours
- Walking for 3-5 hours in soft sand
- Waking up at 5:00 am for a couple days out of the week for morning beach patrols
- Working throughout a night or two for night patrols. Time on patrol depends on the high tide and could be anywhere from sundown to sunrise.
- Building cages for the protection of nests from predators
- Working with hatchlings and saving newborns
- Maintaining equipment, facilities, hatcheries, rooms, and kitchens
- Take turns cooking meals for the whole camp
- Teaching english to our local workers
Money & Dates:
- July 2019 – February 2020
- 1 Week Minimum Stay
- Price Per Week $200
Please fill out the Volunteer Application Form. Send in all applications and documents in one email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please title your email as such:
V: Last Name, First Name, Starting month, Ending months
COPROT (Comunidad Protectora de Tortugas de Osa) is a project of the Latitude 10 Foundation, a Costa Rica based non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to conservation and grassroots sustainability projects.