54 nights accommodation in shared dorm included.
Week 1 - Monteverde
You will be based in a great hostel, very centrally located with delicious breakfast during your first four days in Monteverde.
Week 2 - Cirenas
During week 2, you will be based at Cirenas. Sleeping arrangements are separated into groups by gender. Accommodation is in a nice wooden house with 6 rooms, each with a couple of bunks up to 4 per room, a maximum of 16 guests. Open air showers and toilets, all rustic but clean and nice. Sheets, pillows, and mosquito nets are provided and all the rooms have fans. All 3 meals are served up at the main lodge and are good healthy Costa Rican dishes. There is no WiFi at Cirenas.
Weeks 3-6 - Jakera Jungle Surf Camp
Accommodation is shared dorms with separate toilet and shower facilities (hot and cold water!). Breakfast and lunch are provided but the daily routine will be structured to accommodate quality of the surf (generally better in the mornings) as we try to create opportunities for the beach in between our priorities of Spanish lessons and volunteering. There is a laundry service in the local town for getting your clothes washed at a very reasonable price. Wifi is available for free.
Week 7 - Animal Conservation
During week 7, you will be based in Natuwa. Everyone is expected to share communal duties, including cleaning the living areas and bathrooms, and washing pots after meals. You will need to bring a light weight sleeping bag, travel pillow, mosquito net and your own towel.
Animal Sanctuary Natuwa
You will be staying in a modified shipping container with three rooms. Each container room includes two bunk beds, a fan, and storage space for personal items for four people maximum. It is advised for volunteers to bring their mosquito nets. Volunteers must keep their areas free of plastic litter and respect the property of others. The bathrooms and showers are situated in a separate building adjacent to the rooms. Please note that no hot water is available for showers. There is an area to do the laundry by using a machine and for drying, you will use a clothesline. WiFi is currently available in volunteer housing.
Week 8 - Manuel Antonio
Accommodation is shared dorm rooms at Teva Hostel or Selinas. Genders can be mixed.
At the end of the program, there is a transfer back to San Jose and one night at Rose de America hotel included. Transport from the hotel to the airport is not included.
The arrival package includes airport transfer to the hostel in San Jose, one night in San Jose in dorm accommodation, and transfer the following day from San Jose to Playa Santa Teresa.
You can either get to the project on your own, or make your arrival smoother by booking an Arrival Package. If you have not purchased the Arrival Package, then the meeting point is at Hotel Santa Elena in Monteverde on Monday at 12:00.
You can book an Arrival Package including pick-up from the airport, 1 night in San Jose and transfer to Monteverde on the following day.
Shuttle buses can be booked locally for a transfer back from Santa Teresa to San Jose airport. The journey takes approximately 5½-6 hours. Alternatively, a domestic flight can be booked from Cobano to San Jose, the domestic flight is a 10-minute walk from the international airport.
While in Monteverde, breakfast and lunch are included. Dinner is available in town at own expense.
During the days at Cirenas Turtle Conservation, all three meals are included.
Jakera Jungle Surf Camp
Breakfast, lunch, and brunch on weekends are included. Safe drinking water, tea, coffee, natural soft drinks will be provided. Beers and sodas are not included. All food in our camp is organic, sourced from local farmers and fishermen with garnishes and a few extras from our own garden. Our menu is predominantly vegetarian, though we do also serve locally sourced meat and fish. Although menus will be local, they’ll be tempered to Western tastes and vegetarians are easily accommodated. Salads, simple soups, tortillas, sweet plantains and local food made of tubers (similar to potatoes) are also popular.
There is a kitchen at the camp where you can make your own food. You will need to help with cleaning dishes and keep your room and public areas tidy.
There are also social nights arranged at camp - pizza night, burger night, Mexican night etc where dinner costs between USD 7-10 (not included).
All three meals are included while at Animal Sanctuary Natuwa. All meals are prepared by a chef, but everyone is expected to share communal duties, including cleaning and washing pots after meals
Daily breakfast is included. Lunch is included on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
- Lightweight long trousers and long sleeved shirts. As in all subtropical areas, insects can be a nuisance, especially in the evening. Long sleeved shirts and trousers are recommended to offer the best form of protection in the evenings.
- Bandana or buff. December to May specially you might have dusty roads and want to bring a bandana or buff to protect your face.
- Rain jacket. From May to November it might rain a bit or a lot, so bring a waterproof rain jacket or poncho.
- Long sleeve rash guard (for surfing)
- Clothing you don't mind get dirty (while volunteering)
- Some clothing to go out for dinner
- Shoes. Good walking Shoes or Sneakers for everyday / Sandals or good flip flops with strong sole / Waterproof hiking boots (Rainy Season)
- Personal towel (quick dry sports towel)
- Dry bag is necessary for everyday use
- Cap or hat
- Gloves for Volunteering
Bring a pair of simple garden gloves or working gloves with you. You will need dark colored clothing to work at night, preferably long sleeved, a headtorch with a red LED if possible, closed-toe shoes for patrols that will be comfortable and a waterproof jacket. Please pack a red light/lamp, you will need this if you join a night time turtle patrol.
Take a big backpack for all your luggage rather then a suitcase. A smaller backpack or drybag for your expeditions to Cirenas and Monteverde is also necessary (about 4 days clothing).
It is always useful to carry a small personal medical kit. This should include items such as: plasters, wound dressings and bandages, personal medication to last the duration of the expedition, antihistamine cream/ tablets, fungicidal foot power/cream, antiseptic cream/solution, Imodium tablets (x30) and rehydration (e.g. dioralyte) sachets, mild pain killers (e.g. Paracetamol), tweezers, scissors etc. Also, we recommend to bring ear drops that contain Antipyrine/benzocaine/analgesics.
Sun Cream, zinc or other waterproof sun protection
You will be spending a lot of time in the sun so please bring adequate sun protection. We recommend a higher block than usual.
Insect repellent and after bite is recommended. If you are allergic to repellents, seek advice before leaving your home country
A GOOD quality pair of sunglasses is essential. Make sure they offer 100% UV protection.
Bring along a headtorch as it is more useful than a normal torch.
If bringing a digital camera bring a number of memory cards.
Small travel padlock
Bring your own padlock to lock up your valuables
Photocopy of passport
Please bring a copy of your passport. Travel tip - email yourself a copy of your passport and other important documentation.
Bring pens, pencils, notepads and A4 notebooks for your Spanish lessons