Trip Highlights

Trip Highlights

  • Experience everyday life in a Costa Rican village, learning to prepare local dishes and playing soccer with new friends.
  • Help develop sustainable infrastructure in your host village by planting an organic garden or restoring community buildings.
  • Examine turtle conservation methods at a coastal ranch on the Nicoya Peninsula.
  • Hike through Caletas-Arío National Wildlife Refuge, and check out wildlife photos captured by camera traps.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Costa Rica is known for its biodiversity, astounding natural beauty, and pioneering conservation efforts. Steaming volcanoes poke out of thick, green jungle, and protected tropical rainforests reach all the way to the pristine coast. Immerse yourself in a local village and work alongside community members on a variety of eco-service projects. Then set out to explore the Nicoya Peninsula’s rivers, mangroves, and tropical forests from our base at a family-owned ranch, and lend a hand with local conservation efforts.

Days 1-2: Northwest Coast, Costa Rica

Start your journey on the Pacific coast, where we’ll spend two days in a small beachside community. Go swimming, learn to surf, and spend some time volunteering at a research center that protects the endangered leatherback turtle.

Days 3-9: Guanacaste Village

Travel to our community service village in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. Split into teams and head out with members of the community to work on a variety of service projects. Restore public parks, plant some trees or an organic garden, or organize a village cleanup. There are also opportunities to help build local housing or pitch in on the restoration of a community building. If you wish, develop a conservation project that local youth can continue after your visit, such as a new recycling program.

During your time in the village, observe how conservation is woven into everyday life in Costa Rica. In the afternoon, take a break from your projects to explore the area. Hike to a swimming hole with your new Costa Rican friends, arrange a game of pickup fútbol, or join some local women in the kitchen to learn how to make a traditional dish. Record your service work through photographs, journal entries, and videos, and craft a story about the conservation challenges facing the community or the impact of your work.

Days 10-14: Nicoya Peninsula

After saying goodbye to your host village, head south to a family-owned ranch on the coast of the stunning Nicoya Peninsula. Spend time hiking in the Caletas-Arío National Wildlife Refuge, and learn about this nature reserve’s sustainable permaculture practices; then visit the on-site turtle hatchery to see baby turtles, and check out wildlife photos captured by camera traps on the refuge grounds. During your downtime, learn to whip up local culinary specialties, or stroll along the beach before turning in for the night at your eco-friendly bungalow.