Costa Rica Experience

£2,199, 4 weeks, Costa Rica Trip code: CRXC

  • Adventure 4 out of 5
  • Relaxation 4 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights


  • Volunteer on our awesome Sea Turtle conservation project
  • Get off the beaten track and explore 'real' Costa Rica
  • White water rafting down a class 2-3 rapid, anyone?
  • Surf and snorkel in one of the best spots in Central America!

Trip Summary

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If you're looking for an awesome four week adventure, then our action packed, epic Costa Rica Experience is what you've been looking for!  Starting in the buzzin' capital of San Jose in the centre of Costa Rica, we will take all of you around the country of our dreams.

 

From the gorgeous Pacific coast, which just so happens to be one of the best surf spots in Central America, to the epic Arenal volcano. After this we’ll head down to Panama and the fantastic Bocas del Torro islands for a chill out sesh!

 

In amongst all of the travelling action, you'll get your very own slice of adventure... (White water rafting? Surfing? Snorkelling and Kayaking? Yes please!). You'll also get the chance to help out on some of our most rewarding volunteer projects, from sea turtle conservations to helping build new homes for disadvantaged local people. It really is awesome to see how far your hard work really goes. So if you're up for an adventure filled, jam packed itinerary of a lifetime - the Costa Rica Experience is for you!

 

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What will I be doing?

  • Arrival (Days 1 to 6)

  • Surf, Trek and Chill (Days 7 - 10)

  • Volcanoes, Horses and Hotsprings (Days 11 to 14)

  • Building homes (Days 15 to 22)

  • Panama (Days 23 to 29)

Arrival: Days 1 to 6

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Destination info

 

It's blatantly obvious why Costa Rica is loved by travellers from all over the world. It has something for everybody, from the mind blowing beaches of the Pacific Coast, to the untouched rainforest which covers a large amount of the country.

 

With over 27% of the country being made up by protected habitats and national parks, Costa Rica is a playground for nature lovers- especially those which thrive on exploration. Your experience of Costa Rica will encompass everything from its rich colonial heritage to its colourful towns and vibrant, friendly people.

  • Location: San Jose, Costa Rica

Day 1: Arrival

 

On arrival you’ll soon be welcomed by one of our friendly in-country representatives, collecting you from the airport and taking you to your accommodation in Alajuela. If your flight arrives before 6pm you're in luck- we host an awesome welcome dinner in a great local restaurant. This will be the chance to tickle your taste-buds with a first experience of true Costa Rican cuisine. Depending on your arrival time there may also be some free time before the meal for you to kick back and chill.

 

Day 2: Getting Started

 

Rise and shine! It’s going to be an early start as we begin with your orientation sesh. Between the hours of 8.00am and 8:30am a representative will collect you from the hostel, walking you through the town of Alajuela to the Real Gap Experience offices, you'll be able to grab some breakfast here. The orientation session generally runs from 8.30am until approx 10.30am with a 15 minute break, so you'll get to learn loads about the area and ask any questions you may have.

 

After the orientation we'll get stuck straight in, taking you to the Pacific coast. This is the location of your first volunteer placement with the Turtle Conservation Project. You could be in one of two locations- Junquillal or Zapotillal (...you'll be given a packed lunch, so don’t panic about food!).

 

Day 3-6: Turtle Conservation

 

Today's the day! In front of you will be the opportunity to make a real difference! Spending five nights at the volunteer house, you’ll be sure to make some great mates. Duties at the turtle conservation can vary depending on what needs to be done at the time, but remember… now is the time to get stuck in! You could be patrolling the beach, helping to clear the area, or releasing baby turtles into the sea!

Surf, Trek and Chill: Days 7 - 10

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Destination info

 

It's blatantly obvious why Costa Rica is loved by travellers from all over the world. It has something for everybody, from the mind blowing beaches of the Pacific Coast, to the untouched rainforest which covers a large amount of the country.

 

With over 27% of the country being made up by protected habitats and national parks, Costa Rica is a playground for nature lovers- especially those which thrive on exploration. Your experience of Costa Rica will encompass everything from its rich colonial heritage to its colourful towns and vibrant, friendly people.

  • Location: North West Costa Rica

Day 7: Surfers Paradise

 

We’ll be leaving the camp straight after breakfast, taking public transport to Playa Grande. Before we can start paddling out at the surf camp there will be a safety briefing on the beach. From here out we’re free to catch some waves with the help of our professional instructors.  

 

Day 8: Kayak Adventure

 

It’s another early start today but well worth it! Once we’ve met our kayak guides we’ll be taking to the calm waters of Tamarindo estuary. This is a great chance to spot some wildlife! Frequently spotted are usually monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles and many species of birds.

 

The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the beach, or check out the nearby town of Tamarindo!

 

Day 9:  Bijagua

 

Today we'll be travelling by public transport up into the mountains, to the little village of Bijagua in the northern part of Costa Rica. We'll be staying in 'cabinas'- comfortable, rustic accommodation close to the centre of the village and all amenities.

 

Day 10: Rainforest Adventure

 

After a hearty local breakfast, we'll venture up into a private rainforest reserve to see the tree canopy from above! This part of the forest boasts three hanging bridges to walk across- so it's an awesome way to see all of the wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer! The hike will take about 2 hours and in the afternoon you'll have the option of visiting a local farm, whose owners pride themselves on rescuing all kinds of flora and fauna.

 

Want to get up close and personal with a boa constrictor or a red eyed tree frog? This is your chance! (Optional extra). If that's not your thing feel free to take the time to relax, taking in the sounds of the cicadas and breath-taking views over the mountains!

 

Volcanoes, Horses and Hotsprings: Days 11 to 14

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Destination info

 

It's blatantly obvious why Costa Rica is loved by travellers from all over the world. It has something for everybody, from the mind blowing beaches of the Pacific Coast, to the untouched rainforest which covers a large amount of the country.

 

With over 27% of the country being made up by protected habitats and national parks, Costa Rica is a playground for nature lovers- especially those which thrive on exploration. Your experience of Costa Rica will encompass everything from its rich colonial heritage to its colourful towns and vibrant, friendly people.

  • Location: Arenal National Park

Day 11: Saddle Up!

 

You’ve guessed it! It’s an early start today so we'll grab a quick breakfast at the lodge. Once ready we’ll head to the town of Bijagua this time to pick up some horses! The ride is about two hours but this isn’t your everyday ride, oh no! We’ll be riding through luscious jungle and rivers.

 

Once we reach Volcan Tenorio National Park we’ll continue on foot up through the trails of the park, until we reach the majestic Rio Celeste (also known as the 'blue lagoon') with a waterfall and picturesque viewpoint. The hike takes around 3 hours but at the end of it is a traditional lunch awaiting us in a local 'soda' (small Costa Rican diner serving local specialities).

 

Day 12: Volcano!

 

After breakfast (priorities first!) we will continue our travels by public transport to the epic Volcano Arenal – a must see on any trip to Costa Rica! The Arenal volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the Americas. We'll stay in a family run hotel with an amazing view of the perfect conical volcano outside! You’ll have some free time to explore the charming town of La Fortuna, there are plenty of souvenir shops, cafès and internet cafes - or you can treat yourself to a massage after yesterday’s hike!

 

Day 13: White Water Rafting Baby!

 

Today is the day we go white water rafting! Time to let your adrenaline junkie out! After getting picked up from the hotel we’ll head to our class 2 - 3 river! First understandably comes a safety briefing but then comes this fun and action packed experience. Lunch is included on this full day out.

 

Day 14: Hiking and Hot Springs!

 

We now get to venture closer to the Arenal Volcano! First is a drive round to the other side, entering the National Park. After a short hike through the dry tropical forest, we'll reach the old lava flows from the huge eruption of 1968. Once we’ve explored this area it’s time to move up to the observation area; if we're lucky the ground might begin to tremble with columns of smoke, ash and lava providing a spectacular natural firework display.

 

It's time to relax as we finish the day at Baldi Hot Springs – natural thermal pools at the bottom of the smouldering volcano! There are 23 different pools of varying temperatures along with water slides, saunas, wet bars and botanical gardens, all for you to explore and enjoy! You may even be able to spot lava flowing from the continuously erupting crater in the distance.

 

Building homes: Days 15 to 22

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Destination info

 

It's blatantly obvious why Costa Rica is loved by travellers from all over the world. It has something for everybody, from the mind blowing beaches of the Pacific Coast, to the untouched rainforest which covers a large amount of the country.

 

With over 27% of the country being made up by protected habitats and national parks, Costa Rica is a playground for nature lovers- especially those which thrive on exploration. Your experience of Costa Rica will encompass everything from its rich colonial heritage to its colourful towns and vibrant, friendly people.

  • Location: San Ramon

Day 15: Zip Wiring!

 

Today we have to say goodbye to La Fortuna and the volcano (sad times). We’re heading back into the hills again...although not hiking this time! The day is going to be spent on a zip wire tour! The forest is only around an hour from San Ramon up in the mountains. In total there are nine platform cables, a Tarzan swing and three extra-long cables, so it's going to be a mega fun day! Whizzing through the canopy on a zip-wire is an experience not to be missed!

 

Day 16-20: House Building for the Locals of San Ramon

 

We’ve hit another part of the trip where our efforts really count, so it’s time to pull those socks up guys! Building new homes for the underprivileged is not only super rewarding, it's also a fantastic opportunity for you to meet the locals and experience their culture!

 

The work schedule for the construction site will have been discussed on arrival in Costa Rica, ensuring you have a suitable and fulfilling role. Transport to and from your building site is included during your days of project work. 

 

Day 21: San Jose

 

After a productive few days it’s time to say goodbye to our new families and friends, you’ll get to see just how touched and thankful the locals are of your efforts! We’re taking public transport into the capital city of San Jose. After checking into our quiet hostel, we’ll then go for a walk around the Cultural Square, artisan market, and shopping streets. Perfect for buying some souvenirs!

 

Day 22: Caribbean Coast

 

An early start today, but you’re used to these by now! Of course we’re jumping on public transport over to the Caribbean coast - and the beautiful beach town of Puerto Viejo! You’ve got the whole day to explore whether by bicycle, or just hanging out on the black sand beach.

 

Panama: Days 23 to 29

Destination info

 

It's blatantly obvious why Costa Rica is loved by travellers from all over the world. It has something for everybody, from the mind blowing beaches of the Pacific Coast, to the untouched rainforest which covers a large amount of the country.

 

With over 27% of the country being made up by protected habitats and national parks, Costa Rica is a playground for nature lovers- especially those which thrive on exploration. Your experience of Costa Rica will encompass everything from its rich colonial heritage to its colourful towns and vibrant, friendly people.

  • Location: Bocas del Torro, Panama

Day 23: Free Day

 

Today you have a free day, make the most of it and soak up those Caribbean vibes! You can visit a nearby sloth sanctuary, sharpen up your newly learnt surf skills, get back on that bike, or just hang out on the beach. Whatever you feel like but tomorrow we’re off to Panama! 

 

Day 24: Panama Here We Come!

 

Today we're saying goodbye to Costa Rica (for a few days anyway). We're off to explore the islands off the coast of Panama!

 

It’s around a two hour journey down to the border of Panama and yep you guessed it, we’re going by public transport. After completing all the necessary immigration requirements, we're free to explore another country- Woop Woop!

 

Once in Panama, we'll travel by minibus down to the docks where we hop into a water taxi to the beautiful islands of Bocas del Toro. From the border crossing, the journey is approximately 1.5 hours- which will fly by in no time!

 

Our home for the next few days? A quiet hostel located on the main island of Isla Colon with an amazing decking area over the ocean. It's going to be an epic few days! The rest of the afternoon is free for exploring, swimming or going for that well deserved cocktail!

 

Please note that Immigration costs are not included. Typically you should budget $10 (US) for the crossing.

 

Day 25: Tour of the Islands

 

Today is a full-on day as we take a tour of the islands. First stop, Dolphin Bay, here we’ll hopefully see some friendly dudes playing in the wake of our boat!

 

We then head off to Coral Cay – this place is the one for snorkelling, with some pristine reefs around. After snorkelling we’ll stop for some lunch with a view looking out over the ocean.

 

Next stop is Red Frog beach (admission $3, not included). A visit to this amazing private white sand beach is simply mesmerising, some would say unmissable! To wrap things up, we’ll take a second snorkel of the day over the drop off at Hospital Point.

 

Day 26: Free Day

 

A free day in Bocas! Go and explore the islands! There are multiple tours available if you fancy it - a chocolate tour where you can make your own chocolate, a boat trip to Bird Island or as usually feel free to take some time-out and do your own thing. 

 

Day 27: Last Day in Panama!

 

Today we're going to head off to the ultra-remote Zapatillas Islands, a pristine marine national park (what a way to finish off Panama). This is approximately a one hour boat ride from Bocas del Toro. You'll be spending the day on these islands, so explore until your heart is content people! ($5 park fee not included).

 

Day 28: Goodbye Panama!

 

Today we'll be saying goodbye to Panama ('bye Panama!'). We’re heading back to the capital city of San Jose. There is still plenty of immigration to pass through so keep those passports handy!

 

We’ll arrive back in San Jose during the afternoon, once there we’ll jump on a bus back to the hostel in Alajuela. This is where our awesome adventure started four weeks ago.

 

Tonight we’ve got a farewell dinner- this will be the perfect time to reminisce about the awesome memories you've shared together on the Costa Rica Experience! Warning, we have seen tears before.

 

Day 29: Farewell

 

Today's the day we all have to say goodbye. Boo. No activities are planned for this day, but of course we'll drop you all back off at San Jose airport for your flights home!

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What's included?

  • Airport transfer
  • All accommodation
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All tours and activities as per itinerary
  • 24 hour emergency help and support

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal Expenditure

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

The minimum age for this trip is 18.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

This programme requires a minimum number of participants to run. 

 

Accommodation

The types of accommodation will vary throughout the programme. You'll be staying in a mixture of hostels, guesthouses and homestay accommodation. 

 

 

Meals

Some meals are included in your programme, these are noted on your programme itinerary. On the days where meals are not included this is a fantastic opportunity to sample some of the traditional local dishes that Costa Rica and Panama has to offer; food is extremely cheap to buys in both countries.

 

Is this trip for you?

Volunteer Requirements

  • No Spanish is required to take part in this programme, however a basic knowledge will be beneficial to you and the local people that you will be working with.
  • Volunteers should be physically fit and be able to swim with confidence.
  • Flexibility, enthusiasm and a willingness to work is always welcome! 

 

Your Volunteer Placements

The Costa Rica Experience gives you the chance to take part in a four-week adventure in this amazing country. The programme includes a two short volunteer project placements and a number of excursions.

 

Sea Turtle Conservation Caribbean Coast
Play a part in the effort to preserve one of the planets oldest species on this isolated beach on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Volunteers are desperately needed to help patrol the beach at night time looking for nesting female turtles – and to relocate her eggs to a safe location inside a custom built hatchery. Without volunteers help, most nests would be poached by humans, eaten by wild animals or washed away in the tide – so every helping hand is appreciated!

 

The project itself is run by a local NGO, and receives no funding. Therefore be prepared to get back to basics on a beautiful deserted beach! Our accommodation for the week is a rustic style wooden house on the beach, with dorm rooms for the volunteers.

 

In order for these conservation projects to work, they need a steady flow of enthusiastic volunteers, not only to work directly with the turtles, but also to keep the logistics of the camp running. This means that there is plenty of day time work to be done as well. Although tiring, the memories of releasing dozens of baby turtles back into the ocean are unforgettable!

 

Generally volunteers are responsible for the following:

  • Supervising the turtle hatchery in short shifts 24 hours a day
  • Night patrols
  • Necessary maintenance on the existing volunteer house
  • Collecting scientific data of both adult and baby turtles
  • Collection of food and fresh water for volunteer consumption (organized by project host)

Building Houses for underprivileged families in San Ramon
A rewarding way to help a family in need – help build them their own home!

 

Our building projects work in conjunction with Fundacion Costa Rica – Canada Rural housing programme, to help families with low income become home owners. The foundation supports families from the first application for housing, helping them fulfill the necessary requirements, support during the construction process, and collecting the monthly loan payments.

 

The Fundación para la Vivienda Rural Costa Rica-Canadá has left its footprints in the rural areas, changing the lives of the people and promoting a substantial improvement in each of the communities and families.

 

Places that didn’t have public services such as drinking water, electricity and telephone, now have them. Also, places with no adequate access roads, now have the possibility of improving them.

 

Volunteers play a huge part in the whole construction process. Taking instruction from a local foreman and local builders, we are there from start to finish, from digging the foundations, mixing cement, brick laying and leveling floors – this really is giving back to the communities as you see the results of your hard work each day!

 

Depending on which stage the house is at you may get involved in some of the following tasks:

  • Digging foundations and drainage trenches
  • Digging the septic tank
  • Mixing cement (by hand!)
  • Constructing earthquake supports
  • Bricklaying
  • Plastering
  • Construction of roof trellises 

What is a Real Gap ‘Experience’?

A Real Gap Experience is a guided group tour that’ll show you the best of what a country has to offer. You will have some free time, but a member of our awesome in-country team will be available 24/7 and they’ll take you on a journey of a lifetime – we’ll take in a mix of iconic locations and ‘off the radar’ secret spots so you get an all-round experience.  All of our Real Gap Experiences include super cool cultural experiences (cookery lesson anyone?) and some include volunteer work so you can give back to a local community.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. How many people can go on this trip?

Typically the Costa Rica Experience has a maximum of 10 people. A buddy list will be sent to you before you leave with contact details of other people on the trip, so you can get to know each other before you leave.

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2. What is the currency?

The Currency in Costa Rica is the Colon. You would typically pay for day to day things (meals, drinks etc) with local currency, although for many tourist activities they prefer US dollars. In Panama the currency is the Balboa, although the US dollar is also legal tender and the exchange rate is tied to the dollar so 1 Balboa is equal to 1 US Dollar.

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3. Can I drink the tap water?

In most parts of Costa Rica you can drink the tap water. Speak with your tour guide before drinking it though as some of the areas you will visit on this trip is it not advisable.

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4. Do I need Malaria tablets?

There are areas along the Caribbean coast that are considered low-mid risk areas. Consult your doctor at least 6 week before you leave to get the most up to date advice. Unfortunately we cannot offer medical advice as we are not medically qualified to do so.

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5. Can I continue with the volunteering projects after the Experience?

Yes, absolutely! Many people choose to remain in Costa Rica to volunteer after the Experience and it's a great way of getting to know the locals better. Speak with one of our travel advisers and ask thier advice as many of them have travelled to the projects and can give first hand advice.

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The people that were on this trip could not have been any better, made some life long friends. The activities such as the horse riding and the white water rafting were incredible. The beaches were beautiful, and let's forget or not forget the parties!!

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The people that were on this trip could not have been any better, made some life long friends. The activities such as the horse riding and the white water rafting were incredible. The beaches were beautiful, and let's forget or not forget the parties!!

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Natalie Berman - September 2015

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Amazing group of girls and had such an exceptional time during the whole time.

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Panama was absolutely amazing and I am so glad that we ended the trip that way

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It is very expensive in Costa Rica even the food Embrace all the rice and beans

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Jodie Easter - August 2015

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I liked the fact that we stayed in hostels, in large groups - meant that we got a proper experience. I really enjoyed the activities week and the home stay whilst in San Roman

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1. Check with your bank that you will be going away so they don't block your account 2. Take two towels, one for the beach, one for shower 3. Take lots of insect repellent

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Brittany Gilchrist - May 2015

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Incredible activities, places and people - experience of a lifetime

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There is something for everyone on this trip. For me, I loved it all! Turtle conservation, surfing at Playa Grande, zip lining, horse riding, immersion into the natural environment and local culture being highlights.

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Be prepared for some rain and don't let it dampen your spirits Learn some basic Spanish phrases to be able to use at the home stay Immerse yourself in the new culture while you are there and adopt its 'Pura Vida' ideology - makes everything all the more rewarding

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Alexander Bradbury - March 2015

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Fantastic experience, made new mates, would recommend to anyone

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Playa grande Turtle conservation Arenal Panama

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Dont need a mosquito net Bring enough shower gel Bring enough sun cream

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Averil Pocock - January 2015

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An awesome experience with a great group of people.

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The trip highlights for me was the horse riding it was awesome fun. Completing the foundations for building project and the turtle excavation (as no one expected to find baby turtles and then we found 12.)

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Bring a good waterproof coat - you definitely need it! Bring a good camera - I took my waterproof one! Learn a bit of Spanish as the homestay is hard as they don't speak English. Also make sure you bring rehydration sachets - it helps getting use to the heat.

Costa Rica Experience2015-01-05

Katharine Sworn - December 2014

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(8/10)
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(8/10)
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(5/10)
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Costa Rica Experience2014-12-26

Alice Llambias - August 2014

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(9/10)
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(8/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Bocas del Toro, Playa Granda, Verdiazul turtles, White water rafting

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Use travel companies to get orientated but then have sometime afterwards by yourself. It's better to use your phone/contact home as little as possible. Learn some of the local language.

Costa Rica Experience2014-08-24

Beth Fenna - May 2014

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(10/10)
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Awesome trip, lovely people, great way to experience the country!

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(10/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

I loved the turtle conservation especially, it was an amazing experience. Getting involved in relocating turtle eggs during nesting, as well as the hatching and release of baby turtles was so interesting. The home stay was lovely, and it was great to see some more culture. I liked how when travelling, each day had something different to look forward to. Devan did an amazing job of keeping everything really well organised and made each part of the trip even more fun.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Always put yourself forward for things during the volunteering- it's the best way of getting the most out of it all. Have an open mind, and don't bring a suitcase.

Costa Rica Experience2014-05-11

Beth Fenna - May 2014

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(10/10)
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Awesome trip, lovely people, great way to experience the country!

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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

I loved the turtle conservation especially, it was an amazing experience. Getting involved in relocating turtle eggs during nesting, as well as the hatching and release of baby turtles was so interesting. The home stay was lovely, and it was great to see some more culture. I liked how when travelling, each day had something different to look forward to. Devan did an amazing job of keeping everything really well organised and made each part of the trip even more fun.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Always put yourself forward for things during the volunteering- it's the best way of getting the most out of it all. Have an open mind, and don't bring a suitcase.

Costa Rica Experience2014-05-11

Alice Kneen - January 2014

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(9/10)
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The perfect balance of volunteering, play and night-life! Unforgettable!

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

All of it!! But probably has to be white water rafting. The most fun ever! Snorkelling was amazing! Swam with nurse sharks and a stingray! Also the people we met! The locals were so friendly and helpful! It is daunting setting out and spending a month with strangers but we had such a good group of people and an amazing guide who knew the place back to front so we were in safe hands.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Buy malaria tablets from the supermarket. Bring lots of repellent and sun block. Bring a good camera! There's such beautiful scenary

Costa Rica Experience2014-01-22

Lizzie Barker - September 2013

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(8/10)
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Lots of turtles, sloths, beaches, rainforests, volcanoes and desert islands.

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(6/10)
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(8/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Surfing in Playa Grande, snorkelling in Bocas Del Toro, cycling in Puerto Viejo, Arenal volcano, hot springs and Starfish beach.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Bring lots of mosquito repellent and suncream. 2. Bring lots of money. 3.

Costa Rica Experience- Jan to July2013-09-02

Alice%20 Holmes - September 2013

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Costa Rica Experience- Jan to July2013-09-01

Molly Deykin - May 2013

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(10/10)
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An unforgettable experience of the real Costa Rica!

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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Every destination had something different to see but the best part of my trip was seeing a nest of baby leatherback turtles make their way to the sea for the first time! Other highlights were the white water rafting and hiking through the rainforest in the most beautiful scenery.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Enjoy and try everything you can... Some of the volunteering is hard work but putting in a lot of effort really paid off and made some of the best memories of the trip. And it seems obvious but take lots of insect repellant, itchy bites are never fun!

Costa Rica Experience- Jan to July2013-05-30

Francesca Görg - March 2013

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(10/10)
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Tolles Land, viele unterschiedliche eindrücke,

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Schildkröten freilassen Bockas del torro Insel

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Hostels mit Klimaanlage

Costa Rica Experience- Jan to July2013-03-27

Becky Poole - September 2012

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(10/10)
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Amazing experience that I will never forget! Pura Vida!

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(9/10)
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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Taking part in the volunteer projects, white water rafting, Bocas Del Toro, Peurto Viejo and the rainforest.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Try everything..you won't regret it! Work hard at the volunteer projects, you get out what you out in! Relax and Enjoy!

Costa Rica Experience- Jan to July2012-09-03

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