This project will provide better conditions for our volunteers in Pacuare beach, a key nesting area for leatherback, endangered green turtle and critically endangered hawksbill turtle in the Caribbean of Costa Rica. Our objective is to rebuild at least three of our six volunteers' dorms by the end of June 2020. We believe that better conditions in our station equals happier volunteers and better performance in the sea turtle conservation activities.
Pacuare is a key beach of the nesting area that spans between Nicaragua and Colombia, considered the 4th largest nesting site for the leatherback turtle population worldwide. Nevertheless, the environmental conditions of the tropical forest around the beach (humidity, insects, heat) as well as the corrosion caused by the sea breeze have been heavily damaging our station's infrastructure. A lot of the wooden pieces of the walls and the roofs have begun to rot or have been invaded by termites.
The wooden walls of the current dorms need to be replaced by concrete blocks as well as the wood to support the ceiling. The doors and the windows need to be replaced too. Also, ceramic floor is going to be placed. Some of the materials from the previous dorms can be reused to reduce the costs, for example, the roof zinc sheets.
Making sure that the volunteers' dorms are rebuilt by using more resistant materials is crucial to prevent the fast deterioration of the infrastructure and to provide the volunteers with a safer and more comfortable place to stay. This will guarantee that our project can receive volunteers for at least eight more years with little investments to keep the infrastructure in good conditions. Every year our project operates translates into a minimum of 9000 hatchlings released into the ocean.