Wow, what an amazing trip I have had. I have fallen in love with Costa Rica and was heartbroken when I had to leave. This opportunity would never have happened if it wasn't for The Leap so I just want to say thank you very much for everything. It really has been a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget!
Spend 6 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 in July each year and is designed to be a high-intensity alternative to our popular ten-week option. It's a great way to use the time between A-Level exams and results day doing something memorable, and also works well as a ready-made backpacking trip at the start of the university summer holidays.
Whilst we recommend the full 6 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.
Head back to the Costa Rica page for detailed information about the places and activities on offer in this program.
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 3 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 lesson included.
The Montezuma Sea Turtle Conservation Project is approximately 40 km up the coast directly north from Santa Teresa.
You’ll 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 our ‘wrap up week’. A final opportunity to connect with this beautiful area and perhaps do a bit of surfing.
This week is a ‘rest and contingency’ week to complete any unfinished volunteer tasks during weeks 1-3.