Refugio Nacional Vida Silvestre Romelia
Refugio Nacional Vida Silvestre Romelia needs a hardworking, self-motivated, biology major, good team motivator, and 21 or older to help in a sea turtle protection program...
Submitted by Dominique Basler - Switzerland | February 16, 2016
Have you ever wanted to use some of your time on this planet in support of a good cause? Here's your chance...
Eating home-made food for breakfast, watching a beautiful sunrise in peace and quiet at the beach, checking on potentially new hatchlings while enjoying a good read or relaxing in a hammock, having a swim in the sea before strolling back to your lodgings out in the woods, where you get ready for exciting night patrols looking for big sea turtles and their eggs - all of this can be part of your unforgettable stay at Romelia.
What your experience in Romelia will look like may vary depending on the season and number of people involved in the project. Don't hesitate - contact the people in charge today to find out more about the current situation at this beautiful secluded beach of Costa Rica.
Be open for whatever comes your way and you will have an unforgettable experience!
Submitted by Laila Faramarzi - University of Missouri-St. Louis | October 08, 2015
I spent the last 15 weeks at Romelia as a biology intern. I absolutely loved the program. I was there from the end of June until the beginning of October. At the beginning of the season, we helped build the hatchery and a jungle hut for us to stay in while watching the nests. It was very physically demanding, but very rewarding. Other jobs included gardening, clearing the jungle paths, trimming the vineyard, and picking up plastic on the beach. The high season for turtles is September through November, and the baby turtles start hatching mid-late September. As an intern, I led nights patrols on the beach, took several different bio-measurements, tagged the turtles, and collected the eggs to be moved to the hatchery. This was all done with the help of a volunteer. One of the best aspects of this program was all the wonderful volunteers I met from all over the world. We had a lot of fun. Something for future interns to remember is, this is largely a conservation effort, not a research project. The data and statistics are available to you if you're interested and the amount of practical field experience and leadership experience is invaluable. I'd recommend this internship to anyone. It was life-changing.
A little paradise to fall in love with ...
Submitted by Andrea Kasper | May 11, 2015
I spent four amazing weeks as a volunteer in Romelia in November 2014. And it was such an unforgettable and special experience!! Living a simple life in a rustic wooden house in the middle of a great nature and wildlife, being surrounded by the sounds of the jungle and the sea all day long – just marvellous! I enjoyed a lot the work we did: observing turtle nests in the hatchery, releasing babies to the sea, patrolling at night as well as helping out in the garden, cleaning up the beach or making funny tortillas:) There have been so many great moments while watching hatchlings crawling to the ocean or a mother turtle leying eggs in front of you.
Also the stuff and team were awesome! We were like a family and had incredible fun in our freetime and also while working. This place was really inspiring! Saying good-bye was an emotional act then ... I didn't want to leave anymore :) I’ll go back soon for a longer stay. Romelia has its place in my heart forever! Pura Vida!!