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Costa Rica: Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative™

Costa Rica: Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative™

Turn your passion for wildlife conservation into a spring break adventure you'll never forget.


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  • Protect an endangered sea turtle nesting beach
  • Assist with night patrols where you'll walk and look out for poachers
  • Spot exotic wildlife as you cruise on a boat through the mangroves
  • Fly through the rainforest canopy on a zipline adventure
  • Explore a small beach town and local artisan market

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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!

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Community Service

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 participating in night patrols, where you'll walk along the beach and be on the lookout for poachers. 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 the native habitat.

Hands-On Learning

This Spring Break, discover how events as global 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 the turtles and their hatchlings. Take some time to relax and celebrate the traditional Costa Rican Caribbean way—this is Spring Break, after all! From Latin dance class to enjoying Afro-Caribbean influenced dishes, you'll have experiences that make you feel like a local.

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Cruise through the mangroves and spot sloths, monkeys and exotic birds in stunning nature. Living by the beach, you'll also have time to explore the coast and observe the animals you share your coastal home with. 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. Cap your best week off with a farewell dinner of delicious food, music and dance!


Home Base is a rustic ecolodge nestled in the jungle, and is just a short walk to the Caribbean Sea. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, enjoy delicious, home-cooked Costa Rican meals and have shared bathrooms with cold-water showers. If you look closely, you might even spot local wildlife in the trees surrounding the Home Base!

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Dates & Tuition

Costa Rica: Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative™ 8-Day Program
2020 Dates
Mar 8 - Mar 15, 2020
Mar 15 - Mar 22, 2020
Mar 22 - Mar 29, 2020
Mar 29 - Apr 5, 2020
Apr 5 - Apr 12, 2020
Apr 12 - Apr 19, 2020
Duration: 8 days
Tuition: $2,099
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 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
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