Volunteering in Montezuma is safe, friendly, multicultural and each action counts. Taking this initiative allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture while improving life within the community. Your service will change you and the community around you in a profoundly positive way.
There are successful volunteering programs in and around the Montezuma area that attract participation from all walks of life from professionals, travelers, high school students to college graduates, and families.
Explore the rich wildlife, forest trails, and colorful beaches while protecting the environment and the animals!
Help develop different youth activities through sports programs.
ASVO – Asociación de Voluntarios para el Servicio en las Áreas Protegidas- began in Costa Rica in 1989. It is a non-governmental, self-managed and non-profit organization and has offered programs in Montezuma Beach for over eleven years. The focus is on the Sea Turtle and Ecosystem Conservation and Research Station in Montezuma Beach, just five minutes walking distance from town.
As part of the project, birth statistics and the arrival of turtles, including turtle hatchery, protection actions, and environmental education take place in the Montezuma station.
ASVO locally promotes reforestation and the cleaning of solid waste in green areas, river channels, and the coast; conservation and environmental education and working with the Montezuma community, through the development of different sustainable projects in collaboration with ADIMontezuma, the school of Montezuma, and universities.
Based on the multicultural and generational character, ASVO accepts volunteers of any nationality, age, gender, culture, ideology, and educational level, and seeks to promote equality and respect among volunteers.
The protected area of the R.N.V.S. – Refugio Natural de Vida Silvestre- Romelia exudes beauty, with an extensive beachfront bathed by rolling Pacific Ocean waves. Romelia’s seashore extends from Rio Cocal at Playa Cocal ( Playa Grande) to Rio Bonito at Playa Cocalito. Guarded by iconic sea stacks and an in-land nurtured by peaceful rivers with tranquil waterfalls.
In the present Romelia focuses on two main active projects powered by volunteer work, both national and international:
The Romelia Sea Turtles Conservation Project aims to conserve the populations of turtles nesting on the beaches; this program began in 2009 with the help of international and national volunteers.
The Environmental Education Program aims to educate the children about the importance of land and wildlife conservation.
Research Opportunities for Students and Independent Researchers
Romelia belongs to the Area de Conservación Tempisque (A.C.T.). It is part of the Corredor Biologico Peninsular, consisting of Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve, Curú Mixed Wildlife Refuge, Karen Morgensen Natural Reserve, Nicolas Wessberg Natural Reserve.
Wild Sun Rescue Center is a non-profit organization located in Cabuya, Costa Rica, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of our local wildlife, and are continuously striving to find solutions to the threats they face.
Every day treat sick, injured, and orphaned animals that are affected by various threats including electrocution, dog and cat attacks, and illegal pet trade. The primary goal is to release each animal back to the wild.
In addition to animal care, Wild Sun is actively promoting conservation and offers internships and veterinary externships to increase community engagement and global awareness of conservation in Costa Rica.