7 independent reviews for Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica

Reviews for Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica

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review 3 Dec 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing the turtles nesting and laying eggs was incredible. Releasing the baby turtles was also brilliant and analysing the nest contents was fascinating and really interesting. The wildlife on this coastline was exceptional- bird life and reptiles were abundant every day. We were also very, very lucky to see a male and female turtle mating which is so rare as they mate out at sea usually. Every day there was a highlight!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Learn some Spanish so that you can converse with the locals. Definitely hire body boards whilst there as the surf is unreal! Visit the hotel for a superb meal and night out.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I would highly recommend this project- the volunteer project leaders are doing a fantastic job for a really worthwhile cause. The project is clearly helping the turtle population survive in the face of poaching. The project is very scientific too which I was pleasantly surprised about. I felt our presence there was welcomed by the locals and also helped some of them to earn a living. This is a really sound conservation project with some clear tangible benefits and as a volunteer you really fee like you're making a difference.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent. The coast line there is beautiful, the project is brilliant, the wildlife is everywhere! Would highly recommend this project to anyone.

review 2 Sep 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing all the baby turtles and watching them make their way into the ocean.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The location is very secluded and there is not that much to do there. If I were to go again I would maybe book to go to some other places in Costa Rica aswell so that I could see a bit more of the Country.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, very much so.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I would give the vacation 7/10. It was a very relaxing an beautiful beach and I learnt so much about the culture and turtles.

review 27 Jan 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

a) Working with sea turtles: seeing turtle nesting and releasing baby hatchlings was absolutely fantastic b) The team spirit between volunteers and locals was great

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Book today and do not think twice!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I did contribute to see turtle conservation, while the team has collected > 6000 eggs and has released over 3000 hatchlings during the five weeks, when I was there.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

5 stars! My best experience abroad in the last 30 years.....

review 23 Jan 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Being able to work with sea turtles. The whole process from the turtle laying its eggs, to the release of the baby turtles was just pure enjoyment! To me, it felt like more of a vacation than a work placement, as I was the most relaxed I have ever been.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be prepared for what you are going to. Not that I think that anyone would be disappointed with the project, but being prepared makes the experience even better! Know what to bring in advance, know what sort of tasks you will be doing at the site etc.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It definitely did. I felt the project benefited the local people in several ways. 1. We were there, eating in restaurants, buying snacks from the shops. 2. Educational purposes, by teaching little children about the turtles. 3. Giving jobs to the locals, by letting them participate in the project work. I would also definitely say it supported conservation, as we support turtle conservation. We also saw that it gave results, which was fun!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Amazing! Would go back in a second if I had the opportunity to do so.

review 8 Jan 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The whole experience is something I will never forget, it's there in my mind's eye forever and I also have some amazing photos and video which I have shown to family and friends. It's impossible to pick out one incident or event, but certainly my last day there, coming across in broad daylight an Olive Ridley turtle and watching her lay her eggs and then go back into the sea was really special.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Go for as long as you can possibly manage - it's a long journey and the more time you spend on the project, the more you learn. I went at the end November/beginning of December and the weather was great. But if you really want to see more turtles, then it would be better to go earlier in the season, say September or October.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

There were several local people working with us on helping the turtles, and we ate in local places and brought food and drink locally, so that was a direct benefit to local people. We were given a good briefing on how to reduce the impact on the environment while working there. While I was there, we released hundreds of turtle hatchlings which otherwise may well have been poached, or not made it safely to the ocean. So there was a clear conservation benefit.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was quite simply the best. You felt part of the community in San Miguel which was so much better than just being on vacation and you learn so much about these amazing sea turtles. I'd thoroughly recommend this particular project for anyone with an open mind, who relishes enjoying a simple way of life in spectacular, unspoilt scenery.

review 25 Sep 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Coming face to face with nesting turtles in the very early hours, on a pristine deserted Pacific beach, was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. We felt that although we were only there for a short period of time, we were making a serious contribution to the conservation of a sadly endangered species of turtle. Coming across the intervention of poachers on our final night, brought the reality of the projects work home to us.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take plenty of reading matter or things to occupy you during your stay. We went in the rainy season and most places were closed. Although general transport from the project wasn't straight forward. Be prepared for blistered feet from trekking up and down the 4km beach on the nightly patrols and be aware of the numerous insect waiting to take bites out of you. The 6 hour bus ride is fairly gruelling, you might consider flying from San Jose to an airport to the north of the project instead. Although this would still involve some form of bus ride.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The local people, although initially opposed, have started to realise that the projects work can bring foreign money and consequently prosperity to the area. The conservation work speaks for itself. Whether it can bring the species back from an uncertain future... Only time will tell!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

The whole trip was one of our favourite lifetime experiences. Our only issue was the first hotel we stayed at in San Jose (Hotel Cacts). It wasn't that great... We decided to go somewhere else on our return to the city. The whole adventure is billed really as a 'Gap Year' experience... We were a good 20 years older than anyone else, but don't get me wrong we can rough it with the best of them!

review 27 Jan 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

I think most of us have seen it on the telly and it really was such a special privilege to be able to release baby turtles into the sea. The scenery and wildlife in Costa Rica was absolutely gorgeous and it was really heartwarming and inspiring to meet all the people with the passion and caring for the preservation of wildlife there.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't forget your camera!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. I learned a lot about turtles and their preservation during the visit. We also visited a local primary school to educate local children about turtle preservation. I was particularly impressed by the dedication of the local people who gave such a lot of their time for the turtles in their communities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent! Would not hesitate to recommend to anybody. Such a beautiful place, lovely people and a great cause! And I did not expect to be eating so well, too!

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