Conserve Turtles, Forests & Teach

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Conserve Turtles, Forests & Teach

from £1,895
Duration: from 6 weeks to 10 weeks
Countries: Costa Rica
Help conserve turtles, precious eco-systems in the cloud forests while teaching English to local families and kids.

Conserve Turtles, Forests & Teach

Join a team of volunteers on an adventure that will take you right to the heart of Costa Rica to see awesome natural beauty and meet a nation of fiercely proud and fun-loving ‘Ticos’ (Costa Ricans’ name for themselves). Though small in stature this peaceful, sun-drenched corner of Central America holds over 5% of the world’s biodiversity, boasting more National Parks per square meter than any other country on Earth and some of the most important nesting sites for endangered turtles. If that’s not enough, Costa Rica has both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, punctuated by fertile coffee growing mountains and active volcanoes, which periodically puff plumes of smoke into the tropical skies.

Your experience will be split between living with a Spanish speaking family volunteering in the cloud forests of Monteverde and living at a beach side volunteer station alongside international conservationists working to protect turtles and improve the community.  Through all of your projects you’ll help to preserve precious ecosystems and help local people raise their standard of living.

Your adventure begins in Costa Rica’s bustling capital, San Jose, a city perched in the mountains of the central region. You’ll spend a couple of days here acclimatising to the temperature and time zone before heading west through lush jungle and onto the Pacific Coast where you’ll track along palm-fringed surf beaches on the journey south to Matapalo.  Home for the next six weeks is a stunning stretch of sandy beach famous for sunsets, surf breaks and every June-November, the nesting site for several thousand turtles.

You’ll join forces with volunteers from all over the world to help with the local conservation to protect the eggs and hatchlings of the endangered Olive Riddley and Green sea turtles who visit the beach at night to nest.

Then it’s off the beach and up into the area National Geographic has termed ‘the jewel in the crown of cloud forest reserves’. Home for the next four weeks will be Monteverde, a small town situated between two of Costa’s Rica’s most remote wildlife enclaves – the San Luis and Monteverde Biological Reserves. Surrounded by dense tropical forests strung with mosses and fern this region is famed for prizing it’s precious ecosystem over ‘cashing in’ on tourism, choosing to remain cut off from the Pacific Coast drag by undeveloped dirt roads. Not that you’ll be short of thrills - with this region leading the way in zip wire canopy tours.

Monteverde itself was originally established by members of the pacifist Quaker faith and to this day largely remain a community of environmentally minded organic farmers, powered by alternative energy sources and is leading the way in conservation initiatives. Here you'll be working with the reserve’s volunteer programme on a range of conservation and education projects:

Improve the region’s trails and signage.
Surveying flora and fauna.
Creating posters, games and murals for local children visiting the cloud forest to learn about the environment.
Bring socio economic support to the area by living with a welcoming local family.
Help in the reserve shop and lodge.
Amphibian and orchid conservation.
Anti-poaching patrols to remove illegal snares.
Helping with the trye art projects.
Teaching English.

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Price details:

from £1,895

Duration Details:

10 or 6 week placements available.
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Cost Details:

60% spent incountry with additional donation made to project of your choice


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This placement would suit:

Volunteers looking for variety in travel, challenges and projects.

Time Out, whitewater rafting, fishing, beach life, horse ride, explore National Parks, learn Spanish, visit live volcanoes, fly through the jungle canopy on a zip wire, quad bike.

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