I met a group of strangers at the Airport, 10 weeks later I left a group of life long friends at the Airport.
Spend ten weeks in Costa Rica to protect sea turtles, learn Spanish, surf on pristine beaches and help protect delicate ecosystems in a tropical forest.
This program departs three times a year and is fully immersive, taking in all the sights and experiences you'll find described on the Costa Rica page with plenty of downtime for you to explore the country as you please.
Whilst we recommend the full ten weeks for a complete experience, if you want to join this program and go for less time or even arrive half way through - no problem. Just get in touch to arrange dates and price to suit you.
Over the last 12 years we've taken thousands of young people overseas to experience the trip of a lifetime.
That success has drawn industry-wide recognition. We're an accredited member of the Year Out Group, an association designed to promote the benefits of well-structured gap year programs, and part of the equivalent organisation in the USA - the American Gap Association.
We're big on safety too; every one of our programs is carefully researched, audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Industry Standards for organising and managing adventurous activities outside the UK.
Home for the next 5 weeks is at the beach side ‘jungle surf camp’ in the hip surf town of Santa Tereasa, famous for sunsets, surf breaks and stunning beaches.
From here you will learn Spanish, surf in one of the top 10 surf destinations in the world and contribute to various environmental projects helping to preserve precious ecosystems. Surf lessons included.
Your next 3 weeks will be helping with turtle conservation either at the Montezuma Sea Turtle Conservation Project which is is approximately 17 km up the coast from Santa Teresa or on Playa Carmen, close to the Santa Teresa
Here you will be protecting the eggs and hatchlings of Olive Ridley, Black Turtle, Hawksbill and Leatherback species, who visit this nesting beach at night to nest. You will work between 6-10 hours per day to help maintain the infrastructure and surroundings, beach cleaning, night patrols to look for nesting female turtles (in season), transport food and water, collect data and release baby turtles into the ocean (in season).
Back to Santa Teresa for ‘wrap up week’. A final opportunity to connect with this beautiful area and perhaps do a bit of surfing.
This week will be spent completing any unfinished volunteer tasks from earlier.