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ACOTPRO ASOCIACIÓN DE CONSERVACIÓN DE TORTUGAS DE PROGRESO | ACICRC05-20 | 2023-03-03 - 2024-03-03 | ENVI,ANIM,EDU | Age: 18 - 99

ACOTPRO is an organization founded by the people of Progreso, this community struggles to protect the turtles that arrived to the region of Bahia Drake, Progreso Beach, Ganadito, and Ganado Beach. The community Progreso is located 1 km east from the Bahia Drake Airport. Besides this tries the organization to educate the community about the importance to preserve their natural resources. The ACOTPRO association is integrated by around 30 members of the community of the village. - Wildlife conservation: protecting the turtles! - Support for local Eco-Tourism - Educational program: establish an environmental program for the children of the village and support them learning English or other languages

Work: • Night patrols at the beach. This include spotting turtles, recollecting the eggs, measuring the turtle and laying the eggs on the safe location, it is important to know that the volunteer will be never alone. • Besides this the volunteer will have to attend the hatchery, they have to watch the nest to find out when the eggs ecosionate, but also must check if any predator is feeding from the nest (ants, crabs, birds). • Bring hatchlings of sea turtles to the sea and guard them while entering the water • Clean the beaches • Collection of garbage in the communities • Community work (environmental education in schools) • To clean the community (school, streets churches, main square, etc.) • To help local entrepreneurs (eco-tourism, trap cameras, monitoring of animals, etc.) • Construction/maintaining work at the house or the hatchery • Agricultural work and reforestation • To help in translation work of the web site (if the language is not available)

Accomodation and food: ( ) Hosting situation provided by Local Family. (X) Hosting situation provided by the Project. The accommodation is very simple and not a luxurious hotel. You will be sharing your room with several volunteers, of course you will still be having your own bed.

Location: ElProgresoDrakePuntarenasCostaRica

Location and Leisure: The community of Progreso is located at Bahia Drake, that is resting on the northern side of the Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay (Bahía Drake) is an adventure-seekers place. It is named after Sir Francis Drake who is believed to be a port used by Sir Francis Drake during his raids on the Spanish Main in the 16th century and the location of one of the British pirate s fabled hidden treasures. The beach where the turtles arrive is located 3.5 km from the village.

Airport: SJO

Train/Bus station: Volunteers will be picked up at the airport.

Requirements: Willing to do hard physical work, under extreme conditions (heat, rain, work overnight) • Living in simple conditions in very rural areas • Accepting to be far away from cities or other volunteers • Has to be an organized, structured person. (Very important). • Interest in environmental issues. • The volunteer should enjoy working with people and foster good human relations. • Proactivity is a must. • Volunteer must be ready to work independently even when the coordinator is not present. • Honest, responsible, punctual, positive person. • Leadership Skills. • Good attitude. • Open to flexibility of schedules. • Basic level of Spanish or English • Any other skills biological knowledge, carpentry, electrical skills, computer skills, etc.

Volunteers will be picked up at the airport.

Language: esp

Extra Fee: 700 USD

ACOTPRO is a permanent project, so they receive volunteers all year long. They have a capacity of around 20 volunteers per week and there are no limitations in the number of female or male volunteers, but yes, we recommend volunteers to be adults (+18).