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Costa Rica Voluntour 15D/14N
Start: San Jose / Finish: San Jose
Category: Independent Voluntour
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   WHAT'S INCLUDED
San Jose Airport Pick-up & Drop-off

Shuttle Transportation:
(Accommodation Pick-up/Drop-off)
- San Jose to Montezuma
- Montezuma to La Fortuna
- La Fortuna to Monteverde
- Monteverde to San Jose

14 Nights Accommodation in Hostels:
- 2 Nights at San Jose
- 6 Nights at Turtle Project Dorm
- 3 Nights at La Fortuna
- 3 Nights at Monteverde

Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

5 Days Sea Turtle Project Volunteering

Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs Tour including:
- Transportation
- Accommodation Pick-up/Drop-off
- English Speaking Guide
- Entrance Fee to National Park
- Dinner at Hot Springs (vegetarian option available)

Trapiche Tour including:
- Transportation
- Accommodation Pick-up/Drop-off
- Refreshments and Snacks
- English Speaking Guide
- Umbrellas or ponchos (if raining)

Zip Line Experience including:
- Accommodation Pick-up & Drop-off
- Transportation
- English Speaking Guide
- Zip-line Equipment
- 14 Cables
- 30 Metres Rappel
- Tarzan Swing
- 1km Long Superman Cable
- Underground Superman Cable
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   WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Other Meals & Drinks

Optional Activities

Extra days of volunteering

Tips for guides

Personal Expenses

Airport departure tax from Costa Rica (US$29 per person)

Travel Insurance

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From pristine cloud forests to the Pacific coast’s famous surf, experience some of the world's most incredible scenery and exotic wildlife - and make a lasting impact while you're there.

Highlights:

  • Help protecting endangered species of sea turtles
  • Enjoy a relaxing dip in Arenal’s hot springs
  • Feel the rush of ziplining in Monteverde's cloud forest
   GENERAL

* Please Note: During your volunteering you will likely be grouped with other volunteers, but the rest of the trip will be self-guided, joining with small groups for tours.

 

Overview:

Spend five days volunteering with a sea turtle project to help ensure these endearing creatures are around for future generations to admire. Then hike through misty cloud forests and get your heart racing on activities in lush wilderness. Give some of your time to this beautiful country and a worthy cause, and you'll be rewarded with an experience you can treasure forever. Gain a real sense of accomplishment and take home much more than photographs.

 

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: San Jose Airport Pickup

Upon arrival at San Jose International Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation for check-in. Get settled in and enjoy the rest of the day in San Jose to explore the city on your own. Overnight in San Jose.

 

Day 2: San Jose to Montezuma (B/D)

This morning you will be picked up from your hostel in San Jose and travel to Montezuma beach, located on the Nicoya peninsula on the northern pacific coast of Costa Rica. Surrounded by exotic beauty, immerse yourself into a conservation project that protects endangered or critically endangered sea turtles such as Olive Ridleys, Leatherbacks, Hawksbill and the Pacific Black subspecies. Upon arrival to the Turtle Conservation Centre, get settled in and enjoy a delicious dinner. Overnight in Montezuma.

Please note that the shuttle will drop you off in Montezuma and you will need to make your own way to the Montezuma School. There will be someone awaiting your arrival at the Volunteer house only 50 metres away.

Note: Briefings about the project can only be given in San Jose from Monday to Friday, if volunteers cannot attend the briefing in San Jose, they will receive it at the Centre. 

 

Day 3 to 7: Sea Turtle Conservation Project (5B/5L/5D)

For the five days you’re on this project, depending on the season, you’ll help our local partners who are dedicated to sea turtle conservation by organizing nighttime beach patrols, reinforcing the barriers of the hatcheries, monitoring the baby turtle hatchery, and other maintenance. During nesting season from mid-June to November work involves turtles directly. In the low season, from December to early June work involves facility and beach maintenance.

The program's goals are to:
- Protect the adult female turtles nesting in Montezuma from wildlife and human predators, beach erosion and flooding by construction of a “hatchery” and nightly beach patrols.
- Collection of data on turtle species, hatchlings, nesting patterns, seasonal factors, etc.
- Distribution of biological and conservational findings on sea turtles to local educational centers in the area.  
 

WORK SCHEDULE: You will work between 6 and 10 hours per day depending on nesting intensity and commitments in the community. The majority of the work will take place at night, and daytime activities will depend on the necessities of the project and the weather.

ACCOMMODATION: The accommodation in Montezuma is a basic structure that consists of two apartments joined together, with a large common area and balcony, kitchen and eating area. There are three dorm rooms with bunk beds for volunteers. There are showers and toilet facilities, running water, and drinking water available.

MEALS: Volunteers will receive three meals a day at the project (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Food provided is according to a typical Costa Rican diet, and consists mainly of rice, beans, salads, pastas, vegetables, and fruit.

WHAT TO BRING: We recommend that you bring bedding (2 sheets and blanket), a pillow, insect repellent, sunblock, a refillable water bottle, personal hygiene items (deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, towel, toothbrush). You will need dark-coloured clothing to work at night (preferably long sleeved), a flashlight with a red LED if possible, a mosquito net, comfortable closed-toe shoes for patrols, and a waterproof jacket. Additionally you can bring a hat, camera, video camera, and books or games for free time.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The project in Montezuma has a strict policy regarding social activities. Although the town is  very  close,  volunteers  are  not  permitted  to  be  in  the  town  at  night  time.  All  volunteers must  agree  to  these  rules  to  ensure  that  our  work  schedule  is  completed  and  that  all volunteers are safe. There is  no  security  box  at  Montezuma to  store  valuables,  so  we  highly  recommend  that you keep personal items in the bedroom area or inside your luggage. Do not leave valuables unattended in the common area.

 

Day 8: Montezuma to La Fortuna (B)

It is time to leave this beach paradise and continue your journey. Today you will be picked up from a hotel 250 meters from the volunteer house and depart Montezuma en route to La Fortuna at the base of the Arenal Volcano. This natural phenomenon, although currently in a resting phase, has remained the country’s most active volcano for the past decades, attracting thousands of tourists due to its volcanic activity. Check into your new accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day to relax or walk some nature trails. Overnight in La Fortuna.

 

Day 9:  Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs (D)

We will pick you up and take you to Arenal Volcano National Park, where you will have the chance to walk (30 min) to an amazing view-point to see Arenal Volcano. Pass through the artisan town of Sarchi on your way to the therapeutic Baldi Hot Springs where you can soak for hours before returning home. Relax in one of the best natural hot springs in the area and enjoy an optional massage or other special treatment (reservations required in advance). Overnight in La Fortuna.

WHAT TO BRING: swimsuit and towel, mosquito repellent, comfortable walking shoes, sweater, bottled water.

 

Day 10: La Fortuna Free Day

Enjoy a free day on your own to hike to Cerro Chato, visit La Fortuna waterfall, bathe at one of the many hot springs, or just relax and enjoy the stunning nature that surrounds you. Overnight in La Fortuna.

 

Day 11: La Fortuna to Monteverde

Today you will be picked-up from your accommodation and depart La Fortuna en route to Monteverde's Cloud Forest. The shuttle will drop you off at your new accommodation for check-in.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve was established in 1972 and initially covered some 810 acres (328 ha) of forested land. Nowadays, its protective reach extends over 35,089 acres (14,200 ha) and encompasses eight life zones atop the Continental Divide. There are over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles living within its bounds. It’s one of the few remaining habitats that support all six species of the cat family – jaguars, ocelots, pumas, oncillas, margays, and jaguarundis – as well as the endangered three-wattled bellbird and resplendent quetzal.

Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the nearby Santa Elena Town or relax at your accommodation. Overnight in Monteverde.

 

Day 12: Sugar Mill "Trapiche" Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation either for the 10:00 or 15:00 tour, head inland and enjoy the misty mountain air of Monteverde. Learn about the conservation of this precious ecosystem from local guides and enjoy an included sugarcane and coffee “Trapiche” Tour, where you will learn all the ins and outs of Costa Rican culture.

During the tour of the farm you will encounter a small tilapia pond, banana plantations, plantains, arracache, macadamia, oranges, sugarcane, and coffee. As you walk around the farm, you will learn about the process involved in sugarcane cultivation, natural history and also have the opportunity to taste the sugarcane and its derivatives. Later you will learn about the coffee process, from planting to crushing, peeling, and roasting. After the walk, you’re invited to make a short trip in an oxen cart (not obligatory) that will take you to the building where the cocoa process is shown. Learn about the process of cocoa from different stages, starting with a brief explanation of how the tree develops, its pollination, how to get the fruit, seed fermentation, drying, roasting and grinding cocoa, and of course how to obtain delicious chocolate. To finish the tour you  will learn how to process different types of sugarcane products, such as brown sugar, traditional “perica” or “sobado” (fudge), caramel and “guaro“ (cane liquor). During the tour you will have the opportunity to interact and make your own candy before tasting a ”gallo de arracache” and an exquisite cup of coffee, lemonade or aguadulce.

After the tour, you will be dropped off at your accommodation in Monteverde for overnight.

 

Day 13: Zip Line Experience

Swing through the treetops on a zipline tour along 14 different cables. Feel the excitement on the big tarzan swing, the 30 meters rappel, the Superman Cable measuring 1 kilometer in length, and the Underground Superman Cable through a 175 meters long tunnel.

During the tour, you will observe some beautiful views of the area from the 75-150 meters high cables. To reach the major heights, mix the extreme adventure together with the majestic forest and admire the rich natural beauty of the forest and its treasures. If you're lucky, catch an awesome view of the Pacific Ocean and Lake Nicaragua on a clear day. Observe over 100 species of mammals, over 400 species of birds (including 30 kinds of hummingbirds), tens of thousands of insect species and 2,500 species of plants (including 420 kinds of orchids) in one of Latin America's most outstanding wildlife reserves. Keep your eyes open to catch a glimpse of diverse and beautiful wildlife including the jaguar, ocelot, Baird's tapir, three-wattled bellbird, bare necked umbrella bird and the famous quetzal.

 

Day 14: Monteverde to San Jose

This morning you will be picked-up at the reception of your accommodation to be transferred back to San Jose for some last minute shopping. Overnight in San Jose.

 

Day 15: San Jose Airport Drop-off (B)

Today check out from your accommodation to be transferred to San Jose International Airport to catch your outbound flight. On arrival at the airport, this amazing adventure comes to an end.

 

Important Information:

If you wish to extend your volunteering experience, you can choose to add as many extra days/weeks as you like to the itinerary above a cost of US$45 per person per day. Please contact us for more information at the moment of booking.

   DETAILS
Departure Times
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Duration
15 days.

Departure Point
San Jose Airport Pick-up

Arrival Point
San Jose Airport Drop-off

Special Instructions
Please contact Bamba Experience at go@bambaexperience.com to receive your trip details at least 1 week prior to your day of departure.

Important Information
Remember to bring your own bedding for the volunteer project stay.

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COSTA RICA VOLUNTOUR 15D/14N - HOSTEL DORM
You will share a dorm room with your fellow travellers in hostels and during the volunteering.
Price per person: $1,199 USD - United States Dollar
Minimum number of passengers: 1
COSTA RICA VOLUNTOUR 15D/14N - HOSTEL DOUBLE
You will have a private double room with your travel partner in hostels and shared dorm accommodation during the volunteering.
Price per person: $1,332 USD - United States Dollar
Minimum number of passengers: 2
COSTA RICA VOLUNTOUR 15D/14N - HOSTEL SINGLE
You will have your own private room in hostels and shared dorm accommodation during the volunteering.
Price per person: $1,618 USD - United States Dollar
Minimum number of passengers: 1

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Important: This tour is available on request, so please make sure to check availability with us before making any plans or booking your flights. Despite the fact that this tour may be listed as leaving every day, bookings still depend on availability, and dates may need to be changed. Those interested in this tour should book months in advance and expect to wait at least two to seven days for confirmation before booking flights or extra activities and accommodations.


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