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Teaching English in Costa Rica
Healthcare or Medical projects in Costa Rica
Turtle conservation project
Work in Environmental, conservation & Tree planting project
Volunteer in an Organic Farm in Costa Rica
Work in Community & Catholic Church Food Bank Project

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Turtle conservation project

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Project Overview

If you love to do long walks, late night shifts and also wish to help and protect endangered species then volunteer work with sea turtles can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Volunteering on nesting beach is a hard work, yet an opportunity to make a difference and meet new people. Our turtle conservation project is located at Caribbean coast, Northwest coast, Osa peninsula and some other sites that do not hold any official category of protection from the Government yet. Sea turtles are highly valued and play an important role both biologically and culturally. They are the beautiful and ancient creatures with an estimation that they have been around for 140 million years. They were in existence before dinosaurs yet many species still alive but unfortunately facing a high risk of global extinction. Scientists believe that if proper care is not taken then these endangered species would be extinct within next 20 years. The main reasons that have driven these species to extinction includes, human harvesting of turtles and their eggs, beachside development, the destruction of nesting habitats, commercial fisheries that use nets, and pollution etc. Many non-profit organizations at Costa Rica are working to protect and conserve sea turtles in their natural marine habitats while also promoting sustainable fishery policies. But being underfunded and understaffed these organizations need support from international organizations like GVS. We thus lend helping hand to these organizations and mobilize our volunteers to play an important role in conserving and protecting these endangered species.

Responsibilities and Role of a Volunteer:

While volunteering in this project you have the opportunity to work with trained professional biologists, wildlife conservationists and environmental professionals that will have its own rewards and is also personally enriching. You have to take part in all their activities. Some of these include night watch patrols, beach clean up, hatchery construction, searching the beach for turtle eggs (mostly at night), taking care of nesting area, registry of breeding ground information, and collecting research information. You can also help in maintaining construction and infrastructure of site. You also need to prevent natural predators eating the eggs. You may also involve in collecting data about breeding, nesting, and incubation. You can also help in digging up nests and transferring eggs to the hatchery. You are also required to create awareness among local community about importance of turtles. You can also transport food and water to the campsite from the river. You will also monitor the artificial hatchery. You also need to initiate fund raising events in order to generate funds and resources to support the local project. Thus your donation of time and support can really make our conservation effort more effective and successful.

PLEASE NOTE: It is vitally important that the turtle successfully lays her eggs but as noise and bright lights can frighten turtles and cause them to return to the sea, thus we recommend you not to use flashlights or cameras around nesting sea turtles. You will be accompanied with already-existing professional staff members in order to help you and guide you throughout the project. You are also required to get the work schedule from them. Generally you will be working for 3 to 4 hours per day and 5 to 6 days per week but sometimes you may also be asked to work longer than a normal shift upon occasion. Besides this, you are expected to make certain disruptions in the work schedule because of traditional, cultural festivals, natural holidays, your exams or other similar situations. During these times you don't need to work and can go home for short holiday. Other than this, we request you to obey park rules when you are on the beach with turtles.

Project Skills and Education Requirements:

For volunteering in this project, you don't need to have a background in biology or experience with turtles or any specific qualification. However, you need to be 18 years of age or above. You should be ardent animal lover and able to get yourself to the site. You should have a good attitude, an open mind, enthusiasm, patience and the ability to withstand the hot and humid climate. You also need to be physically fit and willing to work under difficult and uncomfortable conditions. As this work is mostly at night time with no artificial lights, therefore volunteers should not have severe eyesight problems. In addition, you must know medium level of English. You are also expected to be outgoing, hardworking and flexible with workload. Basic knowledge of Spanish, degree in biology or conservation related issue and previous experience in sea turtle conservation work is highly preferred (however not required).

Project Factfile

The below given project fact file gives you a quick and general overview about the program. If you having any confusion or questions about the given program, then please feel free to write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org and let us know about your problem. We will solve your problem and our customer care centre will reply you in 1-2 days.

Country: Costa Rica
Project Type: Work for elderly care home
The Locations:  
The project starting dates: Our orphanage project begins on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternative dates for our volunteers.
Who can apply – This project is open for all ages and nationalities. You should be at least 18 years old. How ever, if a volunteer is less then 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.
Requirements and other skills: this project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others
Project Duration:

We have both short-term and long-term projects. How ever it will depend on the volunteer's demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

Required Donation: You pay $ 220 for 2 weeks, US$75 for every week thereafter except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: almost 70%-80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% -30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host county.
Arrival/Departure Point:  
Accommodation: you will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our Accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2-3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of getting to the project from host family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10-15 per week). This is NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: GVS has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.
What you will gain: From GVS orphanage project, volunteers will learn a lot. Volunteers will have a breath taking experience in Sri Lanka, as you will be helping the disadvantaged and poor children's. Visits to different tourist sites and ancient temples and fords will unable volunteers to learn from Sri Lankan culture and their tradition. This project will also help to develop your socializing skills, confidence level. Besides learning, this project will add tangible things to your resume, which will help you in your professional career, and you can easily achieve your goals and brighten your future.

Program Dates & Costs

In order to adjust the flight schedule of the volunteer and to make our schedule more flexible, All Global Volunteer Solutions programs start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month

Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

volunteers are advised to adjust their flight schedule and other important works according to language program schedules (not available in Thailand). It is very unlikely to make extra arrangements for the missed classes. Internees and volunteers can stay and wait at the hotel on their own expense to start the program from the beginning.
Note: if a volunteer could not schedule or arrange their flight date in the above mentioned dates, then please write us for other alternative dates
Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

Language and cultural orientation program Fee: US $ 250

Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost
2 weeks volunteering     US$ 220 2 weeks Internship       US$ 255
3 weeks volunteering     US$ 295 3 weeks Internship       US$ 330
4 weeks volunteering     US$ 370 4 weeks Internship       US$ 405
5 weeks volunteering     US$ 445 5 weeks Internship       US$ 480
6 weeks volunteering     US$ 520 6 weeks Internship       US$ 555
7 weeks volunteering     US$ 595 7 weeks Internship       US$ 630
8 weeks volunteering     US$ 670 8 weeks Internship       US$ 705
9 weeks volunteering     US$ 745 9 weeks Internship       US$ 780
10 weeks volunteering     US$ 820 10 weeks Internship       US$ 855
11 weeks volunteering     US$ 895 11 weeks Internship       US$ 930
12 weeks volunteering     US$ 970 12 weeks Internship       US$ 1005
Cost of airport receive, transfer to host family/ hostel: US$ 95



General Questions, Before you Travel

01. What's the best time to apply for a Uganda volunteer program?
02. How long will it take for GVS to process my application?
03. What are the documents required from me during the application period?
04. Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Uganda program?

Passport and Visa Information
Visa requirements
Program Informations

01. What in-country support do I have when in Uganda?
02. Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Uganda?
03. Where is the Uganda programs situated?
04. What is the official language of Uganda?
05. How long does the Uganda volunteer program last?
06. Will GVS arrange my flight to Uganda?
07. Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
08. When should I arrive in Uganda?
09. How will I recognize the GVS country coordinator?
10. What should I do if my flight to Uganda is delayed?
11. What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
12. Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Uganda?
13. How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?

Food and Lodging

01. Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Uganda?
02. What room will I be staying in?
03. Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
04. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
05. Can I bring electrical appliances?
06. What about my meals?
07. What are the dos and don'ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
08. What happens if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
09. May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
10. What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
11. What about drinking water?

Health and Safety Queries

01. Is it safe in Uganda?
02. What are the principle healths risks in Uganda?
03. Do I need to get health insurance?
04. Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
05. What are the sanitary conditions in Uganda?

Money Information

01. Is it safe to carry cash with me?
02. How much money should I bring with me?
03. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
04. Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
05. How do I make contact with the GVS in-country coordinator?
06. How can my family members contact me?

Local Culture Information

01. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Uganda?
02. What should I know about Uganda's religious conduct?
03. How do I respect the Uganda's people?

Materials to Bring

There are different materials that you can bring with yourself

Free Time

01. Enjoying free Time in Uganda




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Global Volunteer Solutions staff or travel advisors to verify this information.