Every year from July to December, endangered nesting sea turtles return to the beaches of San Miguel. As a volunteer, you can 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.
Pretoma is a non-profit organisation established in 1997 to protect the ocean's resources.
Or you can get involved in an Earthwatch expedition tagging, monitoring and measuring leatherback turtles on the Guanacaste coast.
Alternately, you can contribute to the protection of the Costa Rican sea turtles by purchasing from Save the Turtles , a non-profit organisation that that provides financial assistance to Caribbean coastal communities of Costa Rica that protect sea turtles through methods that are sustainable, environmentally responsible and enhance the lives of people who share the habitat.