Food is provided by the reserve, a cook service will be available for lunch from Monday to Friday.
They will learn to conserve the environment and the different species of wildlife that inhabit it.
Reserva Playa Tortuga is a non-profit biological research and education center formed in 2009 by community members (citizen scientists) and Costa Rican scientists. RPT aims to contribute to the fields of biological research and science based conservation management as well as fomenting a culture of environmental conservation in the areas influenced by the National Wetlands of the Terraba-Sierpe basin.
The main focuses of RPT over the past eight years has been to gain an understanding of the current of key coastal environmental resources and to identify stakeholders in the coastal zone who are influenced by the Terraba-Sierpe wetlands. RPT is committed to developing and implementing community-based real world projects and conservation management solutions, using the best research science and conservation management practices.RPT develops its own primary research projects to fulfill this mission as well as working in cooperation with many governmental, NGO, and academic institutions.
The Reserva offers a unique environment to researchers and volunteers. RPT is located in a tropical rainforest. Some of the habitats found within RPT are pasture, swamp, estuary, coral reef, sand beach, rock beach, riparian, forest, mangrove forest, regenerating forest and secondary forest.
Come participate in our volunteer program and learn in the company of a trained staff about the riches of the South Pacific of Costa Rica. Your support is important to implemting, maintaning and growwing the programs of research and education that our organization carries out with the porpose of conserving Costa Rica's natural resources.
"La experiencia en esta reserva es inigualable, al llegar te reciben y explican todo lo que debes saber de como debes desenvolverte en tu dia a dia, te entregan tu habitacion y te dan esa jornada para acomodarte. Las actividades son hermosas, desde ir a hacer nacer tortugas marinas, criar mariposas y buscar murcielagos hasta atrapar cocodrilos y caimanes. En caso de no querer hacer algo no hay ningun problema, la gente del centro lo entiende y te deja no ser parte de la actividad. La gente encargada en el centro siempre esta dispuesta a darte una mano con las cosas que necesites, son personas muy amables y respetuosas. Esta experiencia fue genial para mi, yo estudio biologia y pase 3 semanas maravillosas acercandome a la naturaleza y aprendiendo cosas que me serviran en mi futuro. 100% recomendado".
"All my thanks to all the community of the RPT. Thanks so much to Oscar and Adrian, you have taught to me so much! I can't speak a good English but I can share with all of you the love of nature and the will to protect and maintain the beautiful wildlife. You are making a beautiful job! As a volunteer I had to work, but I didn't feel I was working at all, all the time it was a pleasure and unforgettable time. I'm happy to have met Melissa with her kids during the camp, to meet Bryan and Javier as impressive boat drivers, to meet the excellent cooking woman, to meet Ali as a professional of crocs, to meet Gaby, a so gentle person and of course Oscar, Adrian and Luis, always smiling and present with the turtles. I'm very happy to have shared my experience with Sofia, a very kind person.
"RPT is a place filled with surprises. Every time, I walked the way to the beach, I met a completly new animal. Starting with firebugs and ending with anteaters, I saw everything. I was fascinated by the facillity being so close to the ocean and simultaniously so deep in the forest. The time I had was diverse, all of the many projects and activities were exciting. Mostly, I was stoked about the night hikes. Behind every corner, a yellow pair of eyes stares at you in the light of your flashlight, every leaf is alive. In the beginning, I nearly overlooked all animals, if they weren't shown to me. Many frogs and caimans just get out at night.Thanks RPT, for hosting me so warmly. The whole staff is so friendly and supports volunteers, wherever they can. When I stayed at RPt, it wasn't turtle season. Although, there were a lot of projects and exciting trips, like shark couting, snake and crocodile searches and monkey monitoring."
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