Hola amigos! Costa Rica is the gem of Latin America with its lush tropical forests and white sandy beaches. It’s also a haven for eco-tourists (that’s right, there’s more than just great surfing here!) because of the massive amount of wildlife and biodiversity, containing about 6% of the world’s plant and animal species! Volunteers can aid with ongoing teaching and health programs, assist with the conservation effort of the famous Costa Rican sea-turtles, or are even given the freedom to design their own projects to benefit the community of this beautiful country.
I left a little piece of my heart in Camaronal beach. When I first arrived at the Sea Turtle Conservation program, it was in the back of a pick-up truck. Camaronal was located in the middle of nowhere it seemed. The air was hot, humid, and there was a slight breeze blowing. All of the facilities, the main area, the kitchen, even the volunteer house were rustic. If anyone wanted to escape the real world with all its technology, this would be the place to do it.
San Carlos, Costa Rica
Dear Volunteer… You have made an exciting decision to give your time and effort to an organization that can desperately use your help, congratulations! The world needs more people like you. Now you are likely looking for a project that is a good fit for you. Maybe my experience will help guide your decision…
Volunteering with GoEco
This post goes out to anyone who is on the fence about volunteering internationally with GoEco. Before you make your final decision you should consider all aspects and possible effects of the trip. I say this because I learned it the hard way and did not prepare myself for how completely life changing it was, so my advice is… be ready.