Costa Rica: Sea Turtle Initiative™


Become a conservationist for Costa Rica’s sea turtles as you explore the unspoiled coast.
  • Protect an endangered sea turtle nesting beach
  • Assist with night patrols and visit a turtle nursery
  • Soar through the rainforest canopy on a zipline adventure
  • Go on an whitewater rafting expedition down the Pacuare River
  • Explore a small beach town and the local artisans market

On This Program you will...

Learn about many of the threats sea turtles face – boat traffic, climate change, accidental catch by industrial fisheries and pollution in their habitats. The population has declined by 90% since 1980. You’ll live and work on the rural Caribbean coast, assisting a turtle conservation organization with critical efforts to preserve the natural areas where this endangered species lives. Ensuring that the turtle population will thrive for generations depends largely on our ability to educate the local community and protect the places where turtles nest. With the right timing and luck, you might be rewarded with the sight of turtles hatching.

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

Each year, leatherback and green turtles come to Costa Rica’s beaches to lay their eggs. Poachers steal the turtles and their eggs to sell on the black market for profit. Although this practice is illegal in Costa Rica it is hard to enforce without the help of the local community’s participation. You’ll be assisting on night patrols with a local nonprofit and anti-poaching organization started by a Peace Corps volunteer. Prepare yourself for long walks on the beach guided by the moonlight searching for turtle tracks and nesting turtles. You’ll also participate in beach cleanups, survey nesting sites and raise community awareness.

Immersive Learning

You’ll be fully immersed in topics centered around the animal world. Learn how critical each species is to the health of all life in the ecosystem, including human. Hear local speakers’ and community members’ perspectives on sustainable conservation efforts, and begin to understand how competing interests of the civilized and natural worlds can intersect. Visit an organic farm and learn about growing and maintaining local fruit trees such as the cacao, vanilla, and banana.


In Costa Rica you’ll be constantly surrounded by incredible natural wonders. Fly through the treetops of the nation’s lush inland as you go on a thrilling zipline adventure. On the coast, ride a boat through a local mangrove, where you can spot sloths, monkeys and exotic birds. You’ll also connect with the strong cultural roots of Costa Rica’s coast by visiting a local artisan market and taking workshops on traditional dance and cooking. Finally, take to the water on a whitewater rafting adventure down the Pacuare River – it’s an experience you’ll never forget.


Home Base is a rustic ecolodge nestled in the jungle, and is just a short walk to the Caribbean Sea. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, enjoy delicious, home-cooked Costa Rican meals and have shared bathrooms with cold-water showers. If you look closely, you might even spot local wildlife in the trees surrounding the Home Base!

Dates & Tuition

Costa Rica

Sea Turtle Initiative™

10-Day Program
2023 Dates
 JUN 11 – JUN 20, 2023
 JUN 24 – JUL 03, 2023
 JUL 07 – JUL 16, 2023
 JUL 20 – JUL 29, 2023
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $2,899
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A

Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • In-country transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials