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Get AMPED Abroad: Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer or Internship in Costa Rica

Program Duration

2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks


Spring, Summer


Year round; Projects begin the first and third Monday of each month


Minimum 4 week commitment. Must be in good physical condition. No severe eyesight problems as most work is at night without artificial lights. Preferably non-smoking. Those who do smoke should do so only in open areas and never on nightly patrols. Be willing to work under difficult and uncomfortable conditions. Know if you are allergic to mosquito bites. Must have a personal insurance policy as well as medical and travel insurance coverage. per AMPED's guidelines. In addition, as per AMPED's terms and conditions (which are applicable to all projects) use of illegal drugs is prohibited consumption of alcohol during working hours or abuse of alcohol at any time. Reports of drug or alcohol abuse among participants of any project is cause for expulsion from the program.

Intern Types

  • Animal Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Marine Science
  • Zoology & Wildlife Sciences


  • English

Cost in US$:

Starting at 1,145

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

Includes project set-up arrangements, airport pick-up and drop-off, orientation, host family accommodations, three meals/day, 24/7 emergency in-country staff support, and project donation.

Spanish lessons are not available at the Sea Turtle project site as it is outside of Atenas, along the Caribbean Coast.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Animal Welfare
  • Conservation
  • Marine Conservation

Typical Volunteer

While participation is not limited to this demographic, the average age is 18-26. Participants that are flexible and open minded when it comes to cultural differences, ways of life, and work pace are those that tend to benefit most from their experience abroad, as do those that demonstrate initiative with regard to recommending and implementing changes to improve the project and to assist the staff.

Age Range

At least 18

This Program is open to

American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups of Usually 2-3, depending on the time of year.

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Other
  • Resume
  • Transcript

Typically The Application Process Time is

2-4 weeks