Volunteer Testimonials

Jesse Schuitemaker, Netherlands

“I’ve stayed at the Reserve for 10 weeks and those 10 weeks were the best of my life. Not only the nature is beautiful, the people and the love for their job is what made my stay here so awesome. It’s been such an pleasure to work with Oscar, Adrian, Melissa, Graciella, Gabi, Luis, Bryan and Javi. My internship was for the third year of my study applied biology at the Aeres University of sciences in the Netherlands. It existed out of making educational signs for a public trail in the reserve and Oscar helped me a lot with that. I also got to help with all the other researches that where going about, crocodiles and caimans, snakes, mammals, bats, sharks, turtles, birds and butterflies. This trip made me learn so much about the biology in the jungle and changed my perspective on my future plans. The best experience out of the many many great experiences was Oscar catching a 3m crocodile with a fishing rod!! The animal put up a big fight and we had to drag it to shore with 4 guys to measure it and tag it.

About the country, I loved Costa Rica. The nature is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! It was the perfect place for a nature enthusiast like me. I’ve got to see so many animal species and make pictures of them and I loved it. The people in Costa Rica are really nice too, they are willing to help you when you need it and they are always friendly.

I’ve had a vacation for one week and I went to Bahia Drake. From there I visited Corcovado national park and Caño island and it was awesome! It was also really easy to get to which was nice.

Every Thursday and Sunday was awesome too. One of the nicest people I’ve ever met, Frank, organises beachvolleybal and a lot of people from towns nearby come to play. I’ve met so many awesome people by playing volleyball and I’ve been to many nice parties. I’m going to miss every single person who I met here! Keep it going guys! You are doing an awesome job protecting the nature that is so dear to you all!! I will see you all soon!!”


María Sofía Bertini, Argentina

“La experiencia en esta reserva es inigualable, al llegar te reciben y explican todo lo que debes saber de como debes desenvolverte en tu día a día, te entregan tu habitación y te dan esa jornada para acomodarte. Las actividades son hermosas, desde ir a hacer nacer tortugas marinas, criar mariposas y buscar murciélagos hasta atrapar cocodrilos y caimanes. En caso de no querer hacer algo no hay ningún problema, la gente del centro lo entiende y te deja no ser parte de la actividad. La gente encargada en el centro siempre está dispuesta a darte una mano con las cosas que necesites, son personas muy amables y respetuosas. Esta experiencia fue genial para mí, yo estudio biología y pasé 3 semanas maravillosas acercándome a la naturaleza y aprendiendo cosas que me servirán en mi futuro. 100% recomendado”.

Claudette, France

“All my thanks to all the community of the RPT. Thanks so much to Oscar and Adrian, you have taught to me so much! I can’t speak a good English but I can share with all of you the love of nature and the will to protect and maintain the beautiful wildlife. You are making a beautiful job! As a volunteer I had to work, but I didn’t feel I was working at all, all the time it was a pleasure and unforgettable time. I’m happy to have met Melissa with her kids during the camp, to meet Bryan and Javier as impressive boat drivers, to meet the excellent cooking woman, to meet Ali as a professional of crocs, to meet Gaby, a so gentle person and of course Oscar, Adrian and Luis, always smiling and present with the turtles. I’m very happy to have shared my experience with Sofia, a very kind person. I will never forget the frightening night walk in the river after a storm and at high tide looking for crocs, even though we didn’t find them. And the emotional moment when the baby tortugas go out from the sand as a birth. I would like to repeat this experience so much.”

Paul Kobialka, Germany

“RPT is a place filled with surprises. Every time, I walked the way to the beach, I met a completly new animal. Starting with firebugs and ending with anteaters, I saw everything. I was fascinated by the facillity being so close to the ocean and simultaniously so deep in the forest. The time I had was diverse, all of the many projects and activities were exciting. Mostly, I was stoked about the night hikes. Behind every corner, a yellow pair of eyes stares at you in the light of your flashlight, every leaf is alive. In the beginning, I nearly overlooked all animals, if they weren’t shown to me. Many frogs and caimans just get out at night.

Thanks RPT, for hosting me so warmly. The whole staff is so friendly and supports volunteers, wherever they can. When I stayed at RPt, it wasn’t turtle season. Although, there were a lot of projects and exciting trips, like shark couting, snake and crocodile searches and monkey monitoring. It’s the perfect place to experience a combination of unique research and nature conservancy”.

Helen Rogers, United Kingdom

helen“I was looking to do some marine conservation when I came across RPT on the Working Abroad website. The turtles appealed to me first but the variety of projects made it an easy decision. I have been able to help with patrolling the beach for turtles at night, exhuming nests and releasing baby turtles, cleaning out and hatching butterflies, snake walks in the jungle and data collection on capture, crocodile monitoring in the boat and data collection on capture, macaw and bird monitoring, gathering shark population data,  measuring beach erosion, beach cleaning, reforestation of the beach… the list is endless. No day is the same but they are all an experience. As I was here for 3 months I also got some responsibilities of my own: checking the camera traps weekly and taking people out on monkey walks a few times a week. I have really enjoyed my time here and learnt so much.  With both jungle and beach, river and ocean itvreally does have it all. It’s a beautiful place, and the staff are all so lovely and supportive not to mention knowledgeable. The only downside for me has been some of the bugs – it turns out I’m a favourite on the bug menu! I have had an amazing time and would highly recommend this project to anyone with an interest in wildlife and conservation with a thirst for adventure”.

Michael Lavery, New Zealand

mike1“I have a great passion for reptiles, and so when I saw RPT offering turtles, crocodiles, and snakes, I immediately looked for the sign-up application. In the end this project offered so much more. I got the opportunity to be involved in bird observation walks, shark surveys, late night beach patrols looking for nesting turtles, releasing newly hatched baby turtles, snakes walks, maintaining a butterfly garden, croc/caiman searches, and more. I will never forget the humbling experience of watching a female turtle come up the beach and lay her eggs. There were also amazing opportunities to help out in the local community. I spent one month at the reserve and I could have happily stayed on so much longer. I loved every minute, and the people are incredible. You’re staying in a gorgeous part of the world, with incredible wildlife everywhere.  If you want a real conservation experience then this project is the place for you”.