Encounter & COPROT are joining forces
We are absolutely thrilled to share the exciting news of our newfound collaboration with Tortugas de Osa (Turtles of Osa), also known as COPROT. Following Lydia’s recent journey to Costa Rica, she encountered this incredible project during her exploration of Osa. After months of thoughtful discussions and development, we are delighted to officially announce a close partnership with COPROT. In this collaboration, Encounter will be providing assistance through volunteers and administrative support. Our aim is to empower the team of COPROT, allowing them to focus their time and energy wholeheartedly on the vital mission of turtle protection and community support. Together, we embark on a journey to make a positive impact in the beautiful region of Osa.
Vision of a Bright and Abundant Future
COPROT is like a bright light for the Osa Peninsula, imagining a future where nature and people live together happily. They want to create smart solutions that protect Osa’s amazing plants and animals while making life better for the local community. In their dream, everyone, humans, and animals work together to take care of the fantastic environment in Osa.
COPROT is a small community-driven project that relies on passionate volunteers working year-round to make a difference. This isn’t for the faint-hearted, but for folks who are self-driven and love the idea of making a grassroots impact in rural Costa Rica. Living conditions are simple, work hours are a bit unusual (early mornings and late nights), and you’ll be out patrolling the beach rain or shine. To keep things eco-friendly, they encourage a mostly vegetarian/vegan diet and minimize the use of plastics and other harmful stuff.
You don’t need experience in sea turtle conservation, but a real passion for wildlife, outdoor living, and sustainability is a must. They’re looking for volunteers who are physically fit, positive, and hardworking. You should be good at working with others, communicate well in English or Spanish, have personal medical insurance, and be at least 18.
As a COPROT volunteer, your days will be packed with meaningful activities. You’ll be doing turtle patrols in the morning (3-5 hours) or at night (4-7 hours), protecting nests, collecting data, and even releasing hatchlings. Beyond that, there’s beach clean-ups, turning plastic into something useful, community workshops, English lessons, talks, gardening, and helping out around the camp.