COSTA RICA: Marine Conservation

Costa Rica

Adventure Overview:

  • 2 Weeks
  • 1 month
  • 6 Weeks
  • 2 months

This is a project that will leave you with those "once in a lifetime" sort of memories! Not only because of its' beauty and location but when you're working with a team as dedicated and passionate as this you will gain experience on a whole new level. This is not mass volunteering, it's a small organisation working in a small community enabling you to truly experience life on the islands and to really understand the challenges faced by the local environment and people. 

Volunteering this programme will give you hands on experience at the front line of environmental protection and marine biology research. You will have a choice of two bases to work in, or you might choose to spend time in both, each base offering a new experience and focus to your work. 

The ultimate aim of the programme is to create a future where all inhabitants of the Costa Rican coasts, human and sea turtle alike, can live together in balance; where healthy populations of sea turtles fulfill their ecological roles and economic potential; and critical natural habitats are sustainably managed. The team have been working in Costa Rica for over 30 years and so have a true wealth of experience and understanding of the needs and potential of the area. 

 


Cost Breakdown: 

OSA:

2 Weeks: €1175

1 Month: €1875

3 Months: €4825

 

PACUARE:

2 Weeks: €965

1 Month: €1465

3 Months: €3357

What is Included?

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • 24 / 7 Support
  • Training
  • Information Pack
  • Accommodation: The accommodation options depend on which base you choose to stay in. OSA: if you ish to spend time in Osa you will have the option of living with a local family, or alternatively we can provide you with hotel accommodation with pools and wifi access. The budget will alter according to your choice of accommodation. PACUARE: In Pacuare, as with everything, accommodation is far more simple. All volunteers live in the beach cabins. These cabins are simple, safe and comfortable. You will share with around 6 other volunteers, there are shared bathroom facilities but please note that due to the absence of electricity all water is cold. 
  • Food: During your time in project you will receive 3 meals a day during the week provided by the project. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience real Costa Rican cooking! 
  • Training: All volunteers setting out on an adventure with us receive pre-departure training to help you prepare for the experience ahead. This training covers all the areas you need to think about before you pack your bags. It gives you time to focus and prioritise, and provides you with the knowledge and information you need in order to have a safe, fulfilling and enjoyable adventure. On arrival at your project you will also receive orientation training which will help you to better understand the local culture and support you as you find your way around this new country. On your return we will also support you as you readapt to life back home. We encourage you to keep in contact with us and consider opportunities for you to stay connected to the work you have been part of with Agapé. In addition to all of this training you will also receive a comprehensive welcome pack full of useful information on your project, the country and the culture, as well as detailed safety and communication lists.
  • Support: Agapé Adventures respects that each person is unique, and thus has different needs, and we endeavour to meet those genuine needs as effectively as we can. All volunteers are supported by Agapé every step of the way. You will be allocated a line manager to assist you in the day to day aspects of your adventure and staff at Agapé’s main base who will be available 24/7 for any out of hours emergencies. All staff involved in supporting you, work together to provide coordinated, personal and professional support throughout your adventure. 
  • Airport Collection & Drop Off:  When you land into the airport at San Jose airport your project manager will meet you and bring you to your project base after an overnight stay in the city. We will also provide assistance in returning you to the airport at the end of your time to help you take back all those gifts you've picked up along the way! 

What Isn't Included

  • Adventure Package
  • Stipend
  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Insurance

What will I do?:

In this project you are guaranteed a full experience of hard work, a direct interaction with sea turtles and their critical habitats. You will be participating in the development of proven, effective and interesting conservation practices, that will lead to understanding the true conservation with the participation of key stakeholders in the community. Full of experiences that enrich their lives, rebusterecean knowledge and skills for the future. It will work in multi-ethnic, multicultural and multilingual human teams that lead to extreme challenges of experience to save the life of our oceans. There’s no doubt that you will make a difference by supporting the survival of these amazing creatures: Sea Turtles

There are two locations to choose from, both providing unique experiences: 

Osa 

Osa is a quiet community of just 250 residents, there's a regular bus service, electricity & wifi for those who need to keep in touch with the technical world! 

At the Osa in-water project you have the unique opportunity to get hands on experience with scientific research. Based in the sleepy village of Playa Blanca, inside the Golfo Dulce, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, this project gives you the chance to not just help with our in-water turtle studies but to immerse yourself in the true Costa Rican experience.

Researching population demographics and ecology of the endangered eastern pacific green and the critically endangered eastern pacific hawksbill turtles, you help our vital research having real life implications on the conservation of these amazing animals.

The surroundings are of spectacular natural beauty. Named one of 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world, you will have the once in a life time opportunity to spot an incredible array of different plant and animal species. With habitats ranging from tropical rainforest, estuarine environments, mangrove forests, coral reef to tropical beaches, the area boasts more than 40 different fish species, different dolphins and whale species, migratory birds, scarlet macaws, four species of monkey, sloths and of course the majestic sea turtles. Volunteering at the Osa in-water project truly is a once in a life time experience.

Pacuare:

This base is for those who truly want to escape and focus on the natural environment around them. In Pacuare there are only 60 residents, no cars, no mains electricity & no wifi - this is absolute "getting away from it!"

The project base is located a remote Caribbean beach in Costa Rica, 2km north of the Pacuare river mouth. It covers 7.1 km of coastline of a black sand barrier, surrounded by tropical rain forest and several coastal lagoons and palm swamp forests. The beach is part of the 50 km stretch between Tortuguero National Park (famous for its sea turtles) on the north Caribbean coast and the Port of Limón city. Fresh water canals and the tropical vegetation in Pacuare provide habitat for an abundant quantity of birds, mammals as monkeys, tamanduas, racoons, coati, sloths, but also for manatees and fresh water dolphins, turtles, crocodiles and iguanas.

The area is not only unique in every way, but is also a famous nesting site for many Leatherback, Hawksbill and Green sea turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs. Illegal egg poaching and hunt for sea turtles, pollution and beach erosion are threatening the survival of the already critically endangered Sea Turtles in Pacuare. This has caused an alarming decline in turtles being born on this beach. In particular the 7.1 km covered by the project, for it has no legal protection whatsoever. Volunteers play a very important role in changing the vanishing of the turtles.

The Local Area

The meaning of Costa Rica in English is "rich coast" and never has a name been so apt. This is a place of lush vegetation and a wealth of amazing animals, insects and birds. It is in many ways a little piece of paradise, particularly for those who love nature. It is a country which unlike so many close by has maintained peaceful stability both socially and economically and there is a beautiful atmosphere throughout the country that will have you falling in love with it soon after your landing! 

There are two seasons in Costa Rica. The rainy season is from May to mid-November and summer is from mid-November to April. Fortunately, in the rainy season it rarely rains all day long. Usually the mornings are bright and sunny with showers in mid-afternoon. Temperatures vary depending on elevation and location. Temperatures in the Central Valley are generally between 66 to 75 degrees, yet temperatures are higher on the coasts and lower in the mountains.

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