Matapalo is the oldest community marine turtle conservation program on the Pacific Coast. Since 1991, we have been protecting the nests where, from June to November, the turtles deposit eggs on Matapalo Beach. In this area there are natural and human factors (egg harvesting, traffic, excessive lighting, depredation of turtles, growth of rivers, etc.) which used to combine to destroy 100% of the nests where marine turtles lay eggs.
Through the Matapalo Beach Investigation Program, we protect and conserve the nests and carry on a program of investigation which allows us to develop information leading to proper planning of tourist activities and to to the efficient conservation and protection of the endangered species.
We work with Costa Rican and international volunteers in the conservation of marine turtles. We patrol the beaches at night, together with members of the community, to collect turtle eggs and scientific information such as measurement of the turtles. We take the eggs to safe places and monitor the nests. Among other activities, we construct nurseries and we release baby turtles to the sea. Also, volunteers give classes in English at the primary and secondary school at Matapalos, and participate in environmental education programs that involve all of the community.
EDUCATION PROJECT - TEACHING ENGLISH
Teaching English as a second language is very important in our country where tourism is the main source of income and we need to train people, especially communities that are engaged in tourism, so which should provide a better service.
We support school and technical college Matapalo, where international volunteers come to teach children and young people to learn the english language.