La Tortuga Feliz

La Tortuga Feliz is a non-profit organization who offer affordable volunteer projects with sea turtles in Costa Rica. 

La Tortuga Feliz offers a turtle conservation program based in Costa Rica, whose aim is the protection of sea turtles with the help of volunteers. The participation of volunteers contribute to the improvement of the living conditions and education of the local inhabitants.

By helping to generate an income for the locals through an affordable turtle volunteer program, we hope to take away the necessity for them to poach the turtles and their eggs.

You will need to cover accommodation which is around $25 per night.

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La Tortuga Feliz Reviews

Experience of a lifetime

On beginning my travels in Central America I was lucky enough to discover La Tortuga Feliz. I was looking for a hands on volunteer experience and an adventure which is exactly what I got. I loved it so much I continued to volunteer there on and off over a five year period. Not only did I get to observe and assist in the nesting and protection of beautiful turtles and releasing their hatchlings (leatherbacks, greens and hawksbills) in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but I also had the opportunity to meet interesting people from all over the world, many of whom are now life long friends. I miss the nights sky in Tortuga Feliz. It has a lot to offer. I highly recommend a visit. Plus the food is outstanding!

By: Sinead O Leary
Nationality: Irish
Age: 35

Best volunteering experience

I had wanted to volunteer with turtles since I was a teenager, and my friend found this company so us two and another friend went along for 3 weeks. I had done two other animal volunteering projects before this and this one was my absolute favourite by far! The people are amazing - the staff as well as the other volunteers. I made so many friends and Rob, our host and cook was always friendly and hilarious. We also did an intense Spanish course with him which was really useful and enjoyable. The food was also delicious! It was great getting to know the locals, especially the guides, we even went round to one of their houses for a BBQ. I saw a few turtles in my time there and managed to collect some data and eggs from one which was absolutely incredible! The only thing I would change about this trip is going later in the year (I went in march time) so I could see some babies, and also making it longer. I really hope to return one day!

By: Hannah Baker
Nationality: British
Age: 27

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