Life for Life Sea Turtle Conservation Project 

Caring for this endangered species in Drake Bay Costa Rica for 18 years

"Hello my name is Ricardo, owner of the Life for Life Sea Turtle project in Punta Rio Claro de Drake. I came to this place 44 years ago to surf with a friend in a time when there was absolutely nothing but nature and a few farmers. A job to take care of a farm called Marenco later became a Biological Station where I learned with some biologists to be a naturalist ... 20 years ago I felt motivated by the conservation of sea turtles since I found an exaggerated depredation towards this species from part of the neighbors in the area realizing that they sold the eggs to bars for money for the idea that they are an aphrodisiac.

 

From there I began to study how to rescue this species

that is in danger of extinction.

... Over the years we wanted to undertake a more professional project for the amount of eggs we managed to rescue, at the moment we have 3 species Lora, Verde and Carey .. For which we make a great human effort to get up at 2:00 a.m. to go and rescue them before people steal them."

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To support our conservation project we invite and collaborate with volunteers from all around the world!

Volunteer FAQ

Donations 

Currently we are a dedicated and passionate Costa Rican and global community of family and friends. Every Donation helps immensely and is received in joyous gratitude! Financial donations as well as physical resources are gratefully welcome. Contact us to find out how to give a financial donation - - as well as to inquire into other

things we need you may feel called to give.

Rio Claro Aventuras Eco-Tours

To support the expenses of this project as well as support others in remembering and connecting with the purity of life ~ we offer guided river and waterfall tours up the Rio Claro, at the Punto Rio Claro Wildlife Refuge, where the conservation site is located. Tours are offered at a discounted price for volunteers and guests of Life for Life. 

 

Volunteer FAQ

What are the months of the Sea Turtle Volunteer season?  June - December

Where does this happen and where will I stay?

  • The project headquarters takes place at the Rio Claro Wildlife Refuge in Drake Bay, Costa Rica

  • You will be staying either at the Rio Claro jungle house, in a tent on the secluded beach of Punta Rio Claro, in a dorm room at the Life For Life Hostel (a gorgeous 30 minute walk from the conservation site), or in all three at different times. The project needs change day to day as well as where you will be sleeping.   

What is the length of stay and rates?

 

  • The minimum length of stay for a volunteer or group of volunteers is 8 days.

  • $35/night including 3 meals per day

 

  • If you stay more than 30 days as a volunteer the rate then becomes:

  • $25/month that covers the cost of 3 meals per day.

How many hours a day do I work and what do I do?

 

  • Volunteers work 6 hours a day, 6 days a day. Those hours change by what the needs are at what time.  A night patrol shift to collect eggs may be 2 hours at night, followed by 2 hours mid morning, and 2 hours early evening the next day, followed by a day with only 2 hours in the afternoon. Every day is different and what you will be doing changes and depends on what is fun, exciting, and interesting to you and what you are drawn toward as well as what is needed to support our mission of Turtle Conservation. Throughout your stay there will be  time to enjoy, play, rest, relax, go on tours, and experience all of what the area and the hostel have to offer. If inspired you of course can always work and participate as much as desired beyond that! Some of the things you may be doing include:

 

  • Night patrols to collect eggs

  • Relocating turtle nests  

  • Constructing and cleaning the turtle nursery

  • Recording data

  • Turtle release

  • Maintaining and  cleaning facilities, engaging in beach cleanup

  • Maintenance and Admin for anything to do with the Project, the Tours, or the Hostel​

  • Engaging with other guests and visitors such as welcoming and education

  • Working with children in the local schools

  • And who knows what else?! There may be something you are drawn to offer that we won't know about until you get here!

What can I expect as a Volunteer?

To have an educational and expanding experience in the understanding of the unity of all life through ecological conservation. To feel loved, supported and appreciated by passionate Costa Rican people in one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse areas of the world. To make friends for life. To have  time in community with others, and time alone.  Your time here can bring you deeper remembering of how life supports life. 

What do I need to bring?

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  • A Very Good Flashlight and/or Headlamp - ESSENTIAL   ---  one with red lights also as that helps at night to see

  • Water bottle

  • Comfortable hiking shoes/sandals that can get wet

  • Mosquito repellent

  • Rain jacket or poncho during rainy season

  • High Rain boots during rainy season

How do sign up?

Contact us here and someone from our team will be in email communication with you about setting it up! Once your length of stay is decided you will receive a Paypal link and the necessary information for arrival. You may also refer to our Info Page for all of that information as well. We ask all volunteers to pay their volunteer rate upfront before arrival.

 

Let us know:

  • The dates are looking at coming

  • If you have any special needs, allergies or phobias

  • If you have any special dietary needs such as vegan or vegetarian

"Life Serves Life in Wonder"

 
Contact Us:
Costa Rica and WhatsApp:
+506 - 8450 - 7198
lifeforlifehosteldrake@gmail.com
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Rio Claro Aventuras Eco-Tours