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Check out what you will be doing on our 6 week multi- project trip in Costa Rica!
Stunning sandy beaches, sunsets, surfing and nesting turtles, yes that’s your home for the next 3 weeks! After spending a couple of days acclimatising in Costa Rica’s bustling capital, San Jose, you’ll head to this luscious Pacific coastline in Matapalu where you begin your 6 week project.
Teaming up with your new found friends and fellow volunteers from all over the world, you’ll embark on a once in a lifetime turtle conservation and local community support project taking part in a variety of tasks:
• Protect the eggs and hatchlings of endangered Olive Ridley and Green sea turtles who visit the beaches by night
• Daily beach patrols in search of nesting turtles. You’ll tag and record sightings as you go as well as transferring their eggs into a safe hatchery
• Care for and monitor hatching turtles
• Construct a new nursery for hatchlings ready for the breeding season
• Carry out community beach clear ups and teach English to students aged 7-18.
It’s time to head inland to the magical Monteverde Cloud forest. Cut off from the Pacific coast and linked only by dirt tracks this place is prized for its ecosystem. Swapping the crystal blue seas with vibrant green rainforest this phase will be a total cultural immersion where you can really get chance to impact a community!
Projects include a range of conservation and educational initiatives:
Improve trails and signage to the village
Surveying flora and fauna on day a night hikes
Live with a local family
Aid agricultural conservation
Create posters, games and murals for the children
Help with creative community projects.
Rather than staying at Monteverde you’ll head to El Silencio for the final 3 weeks of your adventure.
El Silencio is a community that likes to invest their time into worth while local projects such as producing palm oil, farming poultry or wildlife rehabilitation. Their organic methods not only have a positive effect on their communities lifestyle, but also their welfare, splitting any profits equally between residents and their families.
Efforts so far have impressively generated an education and healthcare system yet this close knit community still needs your help to become even more productive and efficient. With a whole host of community and conservation projects to get your teeth into, you won’t be short of new experiences!
Teach English, dance and handicraft skills to children
Play sports, draw and sing with the local kids
Assist with the organisation of the Environmental Education Centre
Paint the community centers – school, church etc
Work at the local dairy and agriculture center.
Help look after a variety of rescued animals
Build feeding platforms, nest boxes and fences for farming and conservation
Reintroduce animals back into the wild
Reconstruct bridges and trails, clean cages and maintain the animal shelter.