Costa Rica

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Costa Rica2019-06-09T11:43:40-06:00

Project Description

Imagine stepping off the airplane and instantly greeted by brilliantly-colored flowers and greenery. The lush palms, the white-sandy beaches and most notably, the music of the forest from birds, butterflies, and iguanas invite you to this warm oasis where jungle meets beach. Costa Rica is one of Central America’s most popular destinations- as you can tell! You will never get tired of visiting this country; there is so much to do for those who love the great outdoors. You can hike in the rain, cloud or tropical forests or even climb an active volcano! There is surfing, white water rafting, zip-lining, snorkeling or you can get up close and personal with sea turtles!

If you love history, Costa Rica’s ruins and ancient stonework will take you back in time to 1000 BC. This tropical country has allure that appeals to all and that turn your dreams into reality

Volunteer with Turtles

Envision the spray of the ocean and the warmth of the sun as you stroll down Costa Rica’s Caribbean beach. Out of the corner of your eye you spot some movement and as you continue closer you spot hundreds of tiny turtles, that could fit in the palm of your hand, scurrying from their underground hatchery. These petite gifts from Mother Nature spark pure wonderment to millions of travelers each year on Costa Rica’s flawless coastlines. Yet, the sea turtles face endangerment at the hand of humans. Through pollution, poaching, and human-created habitat degradation, our oceans and the habitats within them are withering.

The good news is humans can help! Working with our marine conservation in Costa Rica, we clean-up the beaches, protect sea turtle hatching sites and build awareness that we can share and spread with others. At Saving the Hungry, we travel with a purpose and an environmentally-conscious mindset.

OUR PROJECT

Beautiful Costa Rica is home to dozens of nesting beaches for four turtle species, The Green Hawksbill, Leatherback and the Olive Ridley. Costa Rica is one of the few places in the world where you can view nesting turtles in their natural habitat.  This is a sight you will never forget!

While volunteering you will assist the locals to collect turtle eggs, place them in the hatchery, place the babies safely in the water and learn how to care for the rescued adults that are recuperating from injuries.  Your overall goal is to create an ideal environment for the turtles to lay their eggs.

Swimming – Beach Walking – Climbing – hiking

Dates: Coming Soon

Trip Length: 15 days – 16 nights

Difficulty: Easy

Level of Activity: Active

Age appropriateness: 10+

Location: View map

Day #1
Welcome to beautiful Costa Rica, also called the happiest place on earth.  Our driver will pick you up from the airport in San Jose and transfer you to a hotel located about 15 minutes from the international airport.  This is where you will spend your first night.

Day #2 – 9 

After breakfast we will transport you 3 hours from San Jose to where you will be volunteering for the next 7 days.  The project is located deep in the Costa Rica Rainforest, while volunteering here you will see monkeys, crocodiles, birds, iguanas and possibly even dolphins and sloths.  A nature lovers paradise on earth!

Over the next 7 days you will be patrolling the beaches at night in search of turtles, manning the hatchery, caring for the injured adult turtles and assisting in running the project.  When you are not volunteering you will have a chance to lie in the sun, play volleyball, hike or nap in one of the hammocks.

Day #10

After an early morning breakfast we will transport you to back to San Jose, capital of Costa Rica, here you can spend the afternoon and evening exploring the city streets, take in the hip urban vibe, and array of restaurants and bars that you wont find anywhere else in the country.

Day #11

Today we pick you up at your hotel to take you to the Rio Fortuna waterfall where you will have the chance to hike down a steep trail to the base of the waterfall for  a cool swim in the river’s crystal clear waters or lie around and take in the beauty surrounding the canyon. After a hearty lunch, we will take you on a 2 1/2 hour hike crossing a beautiful stream and onto a trail that leads to the extinct lava fields. As we cross the lava rocks you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the mighty Arenal Volcano on one side and Lake Arenal on the other. You might even be able to observe some of the wildlife of the area.  We will overnight close to the volcano

Day #12

After breakfast we take you deep into the forest for the canopy and jungle life tour. Here you can walk across suspended bridges and platforms build deep within the Cloud Forest of Monteverede, you will get a whole new perspective on the complexity and beauty of the tropical forest that lies deep beneath your feet.

Day#13  

After breakfast, pick up at your hotel for a drive to Playa Carrillo one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, here you can relax or walk to Playa Samara which is a small fishing village that offers great restaurants and bars along with places to shop.

Day #14 

Free day to spend relaxing on the beach at Carrillo.

Day #15

After a morning dip in the ocean or pool, you will be picked up for transfer back to San José and overnight close of the airport.

Day #16

Transfer to airport for return flight home and the end to an unforgettable volunteer vacation.

Deposit

An initial 10% deposit is required to secure your seat for this tour.

Included:

  • Transportation in and around the country
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals per day while volunteering
  • Maritime Ferry transfer
  • Tours listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees in the itinerary
  • Conservation Levy’s
  • Entrance to Tabacon Hot Springs
  • Tour to La Fortuna waterfall
  • Tour to the volcano lava fields
  • Sky Walk tour in Monteverde.

Additional Costs NOT included:

  • International Flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Meals not described
  • Surcharge for payment with a credit card
  • Laundry
  • Other food not mentioned above
  • Alcohol
  • Water and snacks
  • Food you wish to buy for the local children (optional)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Souvenirs
  • Restaurant and driver tips
  • Airport departure tax ($29.00 U.S.)
  • Items not mentioned above

Q – How long before we leave should I book?

– We have spots for up to a maximum of 12 people, so the sooner you book and pay a deposit, the sooner we can confirm your place on the team. ** Please note that the less people on the trip the greater the fundraising efforts.

Q – Do I have to book my accommodation while travelling through Saving the Hungry?

– If you would like to keep your costs down we suggest you book your accommodation through us. Saving the Hungry has negotiated lower rates with the local hotels and tour providers.

Q – Do I need to stay with the team while volunteering?

A – Yes, this is not optional!  Everyone needs to stay together to make it convenient for our partners to transport us.

Q – When is the final payment due?

– Final payment is required 120 days before you leave.

– How much money should I budget on spending a day?

A – $30 Canadian Dollars per day would be a comfortable budget (additional sightseeing, liquor and souvenirs excluded)

Q – How much do I tip?

Y – Tour guides, cab drivers, waiters and porters generally expect a tip of 10% for a job well done.

Q – What kind of accommodation can I expect?

A – Lodging is clean but very simple and rustic.  You will lodge in a dormitory style beach cabin that sleeps up to 6 people.While volunteering the rooms have nothing more than a bunk bed, a ceiling fan and a shelf.   Once we start to explore the country the accommodation will hover around 3 1/2 – 4 -star (comparable to Canadian standards).

Q – How will I get around?

A – From arrival to departure all your travel is taken care of.

Q – What kind of clothing should I bring?

A –60 days prior to departure we will send you a list of recommended clothing.

Q – What vaccinations will I need?

A –   Typhoid, rabies and Hep B and A and Diphtheria are highly recommended.  Please speak to your doctor at least 8 weeks before traveling.

Q – How long does my passport need to be valid for?

All passports must be valid along with a return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days. (Either to return to your country or to go to another country). US passport must be valid for a minimum of one day from the