Costa Rica is a great family volunteer vacation that combines, learning, service and fun.  Visitors will find Costa Rica to be a beautiful lush destination that offers, sun, beaches, nature and culture.

Costa Rica is located in Central America, with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. The capital San Jose is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.   The destination is also known for its beaches, volcanoes, nature and culture.  Approximately one quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and birds.

About the Project

The environmental impact tour and project is located to the north of Puerto Jimeniz on Playa Blanca.   The duties of the volunteers include patrolling the beach at night. hatchery shifts, beach cleaning, maintenance work and taking care of the station during the turtle nesting season.

At the Osa in-water project you and your family will have the unique opportunity to get a hands on environmental impact experience.  Based in the sleepy village of Playa Blanca, inside the Golfo Dulce, Osa Peninsula,  the project provides volunteers the opportunity to not just help with in-water turtle studies but to immerse oneself in the true Costa Rican experience.

The surroundings are a spectacular natural beauty.  Named one of 25 biodiversity hot spots 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 rain forest environments, mangrove forests, coral reef to tropical beaches, the area boasts of more than 40 different fish species, dolphins, 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.

Day 1
Arrive in San Jose Costa Rica.  Accommodations at local hotel in the city before departing for your eco tourism voluntourism experience.

Day 2
There are 2 ways to get to Playa Blanca.  You may depart San Jose in the am for a 6 hour scenic ride via private ground transportation or you may take a one hour flight via a local regional air carrier.  Once you arrive at Playa Blanca, you will have an introduction and orientation.

Day 3
The day begins with a safety presentation.  In the afternoon volunteers will assist in the turtle hospital with maintenance and cleaning.

Day 4
Full Volunteer Day  – Capture of turtles using nets.  Cleaning and storage of nets

Day 5
Participate in beach cleaning in the morning.  After lunch enjoy one of the following activities

Visit a cacao chocolate farm
Go Kayaking
Jungle Hike and Waterfall
Horseback Riding

Day 6
Since mangroves play an essential ecological role for coastal ecosystems and therefore for sea turtles, the mangrove reforestation is an important volunteer project activity.  In the long term these activities will improve the health status of mangroves and water quality in the area.

Day 7
Enjoy a local tour or activity in the morning.  The afternoon is free to relax.

Day 8
Departure to return to San Jose for your flight home

Project Focus:  Sea Turtle Conservation

Travel Style:  Basic Accommodations

Physical Activity:  Low to moderate

Double Occupancy Rates per person USD $1122
Children 12 and Under

Rate is based on double occupancy and includes the following

  • All ground transportation including transfer from San Juan Costa Rica Airport
  • Accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals
  • All tours

Travel Dates

June 9 – 16                  June 16-23         July 7-14

Other custom dates are also available

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