Protecting Sea Turtles in San Miguel, Costa Rica
The familiar weight of a mobile phone in the palm of your hand transforms into a simple miracle as you release an endangered infant sea turtle to the life-giving sea. Every year from July to December, endangered nesting sea turtles return to the beaches of San Miguel. As a volunteer, you'll assist scientists with tagging and measuring turtles, transferring newly laid eggs to a protected hatchery, and the best part: releasing babies into the safety of the sea. Everyone wins here: The yearly influx of PRETOMA volunteers is a welcome boost to the local economy, and community support has made the project a success. You do get time off, too. Surf, swim, read in a hammock, or just revel in the beauty surrounding you.