“Those who have learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed”

    Charles Darwin

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A proposal for IntegratedResearch:
Case study of Bahía Salinas – El Jobo

Where we are…


Sea Turtles are species in danger of extinction (hawksbill/leatherback: in critical danger of extinction) that develop, feed and reproduce around Punta Descartes y Bahia Salinas: unprocteded sites by the MINAE/SINAC.





Principal threats to sea turtles here are:

a) Egg poaching (>90%)

b) Coastal development and unsustainable tourism activities

c) Fisheries

d) The social-economic situation of the communities



Integrated management

A dynamic, continuos, interactive, adaptive and participative process, uniting government and community, science and administration, public and community interests in an integrated management plan for the development, protection and conservation of natural resources and humans in coastal areas.


Main objective:

Improvement of quality of life of human comunities that depend on coastal resources, maintaing biological, cultural diversity and productivity of costal ecosystems.


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Volunteer with sea turtles, nesting and foraging habitats and other wildlife in Costa Rica as one of our marine conservation volunteers, and join this TORA CAREY  rogram in the spectacular Punta Descartes Peninsula-Bahía Salinas on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

This valuable conservation project will see you making a positive practical contribution to the protection of beautiful and charming, yet sadly threatened sea turtle species and their habitas in one of the geologically oldest and remote parts in COSTA RICA.


We are always happy to welcome motivated people who are willing to help us. A wide array of tasks is available, so if you are interested please contact us to discuss your skills and your options within Tora Carey Project.

Community involvement and education are two of the main pillars for wildlife conservation. This is why community volunteers play a very important role inside the project, helping to reach those from the communities and educating the future generations.


Community and  volunteers are directly involved with the field team members but also assisting on the outreach and educational programes, getting a full cultural and adventurous experience.

You will connect the field work with the rest of the community while learning pure conservation!

If you’re looking for your first experience working in conservation, thinking about taking a career break or simply want to help us, then this is the opportunity for you!


Captura de pantalla 2016-08-10 a las 14.28.17Tora Carey is a sea turtle conservation project on the pristine beaches of Costa Rica. As a volunteer, your primary role will be to ensure that turtles can nest safely. You’ll be patrolling the beaches at night with other rangers, and during patrols you’ll also assist with important fieldwork such as tagging and measuring turtles, and nest relocation and excavation.

Volunteers are a critical part of our turtle protection team. We’re looking for people who are passionate about conservation and who are excited to take on some challenging, but very fulfilling, work. Our volunteers’ enthusiasm and energy in sea turtle conservation efforts have been successful in decreasing poaching rates, and also improving protection of beaches and other natural habitats for sea turtles.

During your time on the Tora Carey Volunteer Programme, you’ll also have the opportunity to get involved with some of our community outreach activities. You’ll be able to assist local charities with small projects, get involved with ecotourism programmes and help to educate local communities about environmental issues. You will gain valuable fieldwork experience, and assist in developing a variety of educational activities for children. Working in community development is both challenging and rewarding, but you will be providing people with the skills and knowledge they need to become empowered and self-sufficient.


Apart from nest excavations and beach patrols, you’ll also be undertaking some other crucial tasks. These include:

  • Performing night surveys on the beach to find nesting turtles and help protect them from illegal extraction and predators
  • Protecting eggs
  • Monitoring nests and baby turtles
  • Tagging female turtles
  • Collecting biometric data of nesting females on the beach
  • Releasing baby turtles into the ocean
  • Beach clean up activities
  • Monitoring sea turtles feeding grounds, ray nursing areas, dry forest and endangered parrots

Please note that living under these conditions can be challenging. The work we do takes place both during the day and at night, and so can be extremely tiring and stressful. A good level of mental and physical fitness is essential. Volunteers work six days a week and will have one day/night off to explore the area; shift patterns will vary. During your free time you’ll be able to enjoy diving, hiking and other watersports. Or, you can just lie on the beach and relax!
Becoming a Tora Carey volunteer helps you contribute to preserving some very unique and special ways of life. We look forward to welcoming you!

Dates and prices

Our team works all year round, so we’re able to plan around your timetable. We recommend you stay with us for a minimum of one month.

Volunteer contributions provide critical funds needed to support the basic but essential needs of the project: effective beach patrol so that we’re able to protect as many sea turtles as possible. Our prices are:

  • 1 month: $1000
  • 2 months: $1800
  • 3 months: $2500

At your arrival you will be required to pay a $100 refundable deposit against loss or damage of project equipment. You should also bring sufficient funds for any other activities that you might like to do.

Once a volunteering period has been agreed upon, you’ll be asked to pay a deposit of half of the full amount, payable eight weeks prior to your arrival.

If you decide to leave the project before the agreed date, your contribution will not be refunded. This does not apply to the deposit.


  •  A passion for conservation
  •  You must be over 18 years old
  • Understand written and spoken English
  • Good level of physical fitness
  • High level of energy and flexibility
  • Able to cope with physically challenging conditions (camping, long walks, late nights, hot weather, insects)
  •  Ability to work and live with people of different backgrounds and nationalities

What’s included

  • Safe shared accommodation for the duration of your stay
  • Meals
  • Transport to/from the airport (optional; $50)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by our experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • A whole lot of fun and adventure!

What’s not included

  • Flights
  • Additional drinks and gratuities

  • Extra local excursions

  • International and domestic airport taxes

  • Medical and travel insurance

  • Personal kit

  • Any visa costs

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