Sea Turtle Retreat

AT A GLANCE

DURATION: 11 Days

DATES: 12/27/17 – 1/6/2018

TUITION: $1875

ACTIVITIES:

  • Sea Turtle Conservation: 5-7 Days
  • Additional Adventure Activities: 2-3 Days
  • Ziplining & City Tour: 1 Day

COMMUNITY SERVICE: 5-6 Days (Est. 30-35 hours)

GIRL SCOUT PROFILE:

  • Must be 13–18 years old at the time of the course
  • Sincere interest in language and cultural exchange
  • Good team player

COURSE REGIONS: Costa Rica (San José, Cartago, and Guanacaste Provinces);

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If you are looking to spend your winter break making a difference in wildlife conservation in an exciting location, the Sea Turtle Retreat course for you! During your time in tropical Costa Rica you will work to protect endangered sea turtles at Playa Ostional, one of the world’s most important nesting sites for olive ridley sea turtles.

Your journey will start with a multi-day service project at Ostional Wildlife Reserve along the Pacific Coast. This protected beach and nesting site welcomes thousands of mother sea turtles every season, with as many as 6,000 mother sea turtles laying eggs in one night! Fulfill your commitment to serve by participating some of the following activities: conducting nightly patrols protecting the beach, performing data collection by counting the number of mother sea turtles, and assisting to help sick or injured mother turtles. The nesting and hatching season will fluctuate year to year, changing your direct involvement in the conservation efforts.

You will engage with the community of Ostional while staying at the community center and participating in group activities that may include beach clean-ups or trail preservation projects and playing soccer with the local school children.

After completing your service phase at Playa Ostional, you’ll participate in exciting adventure activities that may include a technical tree climb, a hike to the summit of a mist-filled volcano crater, and/or a visit to the famed Cartago Basilica and other historic sites.

You will wrap up your course with an exciting zipline canopy tour, and explore an artisan market in Costa Rica’s vibrant capital city of San Jose.

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