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  • Project: Marine Project
  • Room and Board: Host family & 3 times a day local food
  • Work Hours: 30-36 hours per week
  • Start Date: 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month
  • Arrival and Departure: Juan Santa Maria International Airport, San Jose
  • Location: Puntarenas
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Project Summary

Travel to the scenic beach resort of Puntarenas in Costa Rica and work in the marine project to help local staff in marine conservation project.

Costa Rica is known for its bio-diversity, rich plant and marine life and unspoiled forests and beaches. But lately, all this has come under treat because of construction work and tourism. Many marine animals like sea turtles are critically endangered and need strong effort of conservation projects for them to strive. As a volunteer in the marine conservation project, you will work with local conservation staff to provide care and protection to the marine life in Costa Rica. At the park, volunteers will learn about animals like sharks, turtles, pelicans, crocodiles, and a variety of other marine animals.

Enroll in the project and be part of this wonderful opportunity to learn about conservation of marine animals while also immersing in vibrant local culture.


There are no qualifications or skills required to volunteer in the project. Volunteers should be fit and ready to work outdoors and under hot and humid conditions. If you don't understand Spanish you can still volunteer, but volunteers with the ability to speak Spanish can interact more with locals.

Volunteer's Responsibilities

There are several projects volunteers will participate in and around Puntarenas. These include:

Marine Education Projects: You will help in workshops on overcoming current problems concerning oceanic and terrestrial animals, water pollution, marine food chain issue and waste recycling.

Marine Maintenance Project:You will help in the capture, selection and transportation of animals, acclimation and quarantine, breeding, incubation, nursery, and maintenance of animals.

Marine Conservation Project: You will participate in rescue and rehabilitate of marine animals in order to release them to their natural environments.

Project Location

Puntarenas is located in the Pacific Coast and is the nearest coastal town from San Jose, the capital and the largest city in Costa Rica. Because of this, Puntarenas receives plenty of visitors from San Jose. The town has plenty of hotels and also a busy port. Despite being a popular holiday town, the beaches of Puntarenas are one of the most polluted in Costa Rica. There are regular beach cleaning activities.

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