Help me to Save the Sea Turtles

Katie Tuttle

Growing up my family and I vacationed in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The highlight of those trips was always the visits to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle and Rehabilitation Center (

At “The Turtle Hospital” we would wait for hours on line to see the turtles close up and to learn about their plight and struggle to survive extinction, and also the huge impact one woman and her community could make, through conservation, education and volunteerism . Last year we were fortunate enough to join the volunteers and experience the awesome sight of 47 hatchlings making their way out of the nest and to the sea.

I am now finishing my senior year at Croton Harmon High School and for my CHOOSE (Croton Harmon Options or Opportunities for Senior Experience) and I am hoping to join other volunteers with International Volunteer HQ in the Costa Rica Turtle Conservation Project. (click on the "video" about 1:31into the video you can learn more about the sea turtle conservation). The project was started to protect the local population of sea turtles from egg poaching and nest destruction.

I am reaching out to you for your support to help me fund this trip. Your donation will make it possible for me play a role in saving the sea turtle population in this area of Costa Rica. My responsibilities will include: beach patrols, building hatcheries to protect eggs from predators, beach cleaning, counting and tagging sea turtles, locating nesting females, and collecting eggs. The money raised will help finance the materials needed and ensure my safe travel and stay in Costa Rica. Any contribution that you could make would be greatly appreciated!