Central Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Most of our activities had to be done during the night, though it all depends on the season. Nesting season means a lot of work in the hatchery. During the day we had a lot of freedom, our volunteer responsibilities were limited to keeping the beach clean and repainting the facilities. However during the night is when the real work begun. I was there for nesting season so part of my responsibility was walking up and down the beach about 10km – it was a lot of work! Not everyone was cut out for it, but it sure was rewarding.
Sometime we even saw the female turtles in action laying their eggs. The weather in the tropics varies a lot – we had a mix between hot sun and rain storms. Our living conditions were pretty basic, but that’s what I had expected off in the jungle of Costa Rica. The food however, that was awesome.
I think the best part about my experience volunteering in Costa Rica was to meet and work with great people from all over the world. There was a high turnover so every few days someone was coming or going and I had the chance to meet tons of really cool people. There are also a handful of small towns within walking distance from where we stayed where we were able to buy things and use the internet.
The place itself was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who loves nature, on one side you have gorgeous beaches that go on forever and on the other an expansive lush rainforest.
Viva la Costa Rica,