Costa Rica: Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative™
Turn your passion for wildlife conservation into a spring break adventure you'll never forget.
- Protect nesting sea turtles and help their hatchlings thrive
- Assist in night patrols and maintaining a local sea turtle hatchery and visit an animal rescue center
- Spot sloths, monkeys, and exotic birds as you cruise through the mangroves by boat
- Fly through the rainforest canopy on a zipline adventure
- Meet local children in the community and play pickup games on the beach
- Learn Caribbean cooking, dance and music of Costa Rica
For more than 100 million years, sea turtles have thrived in earth's oceans. In Costa Rica, that once incredible population has declined by 90% in the last 35 years alone, meaning there are more threats than ever facing these majestic creatures. Fortunately, you can make a difference in their survival. On this program, you'll dive head first into Costa Rica's animal kingdom and its protected coastal habitats, and learn the ins and outs of the local ecosystem. Share your passion for wildlife conservation with the new friends you make in your group and in the community, and work together with conservationists who are striving to protect sea turtles for the next generation. Spring break will never be the same!
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
Every day, you'll have a chance to make a difference in the lives of sea turtles and their future population. Take to local beaches and participate in clean-up efforts, removing debris that can ensnare young hatchlings making their way to the sea. You'll help local partners as they survey nesting sites and make sure they're primed for mother sea turtles when they're ready to nest! A big part of your service is raising community awareness of the challenges facing these animals in order to improve conservation efforts. Make signs that notify community members of protected nesting areas, and help educate local children on the importance of keeping the coast clean in order to preserve native habitat.
During your time on this program, you'll discover how changes as widespread as climate change and as local as trash buildup and boating collisions affect the habitat of native wildlife, particularly for sea turtles. Listen as local speakers and conservationists describe their strategies for protecting sea turtles and their hatchlings, and discuss ways you can make a difference in habitat preservation when you return home. Because this is spring break, you'll also take the time to become immersed in the local culture and celebrate the traditional Costa Rican Caribbean way! From Calypso dance class to Afro-caribbean influenced dishes and visits to the market, you'll see what it really means to be a local. Visit an organic farm and learn about local fruit trees such as cacao, vanilla and banana plantations.
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
You’ll spend a morning cruising through the mangroves and it’s stunning nature. Here you can spot sloths, monkeys, and exotic birds during this wildlife immersion. As you're so close to the beach, you'll have plenty of time to explore the coast and even spot some animals in the nearby treetops. And no Costa Rican spring break adventure would be complete without ziplining. Soar through the jungle canopy and experience the rainforest on an adventure you'll never forget. You'll even cap it all off with a spectacular farewell dinner filled with delicious food, music, and dance!
The GLA Home Base, your home-away-from-home, is just a short walk to the Caribbean Sea. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms with Western-style bathrooms and cold-water showers. In the afternoons, you can cool down after a day of work at the beach. The GLA Home Base is used exclusively by our staff and students.
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Dates & Tuition
Costa Rica: Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative™ 8-Day Program
|Mar 3 - Mar 10, 2018|
|Mar 10 - Mar 17, 2018|
|Mar 17 - Mar 24, 2018|
|Mar 24 - Mar 31, 2018|
|Mar 31 - Apr 7, 2018|
|Apr 7 - Apr 14, 2018|
- All educational materials
- 3 meals per day
- All in-country transportation
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
- 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
- Secondary medical and travel insurance
- All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
- Pre-departure materials and support