We have created a jungle paradise complete with swimming pool overlooked by a rich tropical forest bursting with wildlife including capuchin and howler monkeys.
Accommodation is same-gender dorms with beds, and separate toilet and shower facilities (hot and cold water!). Do Yoga, take Surf Lessons and hang out and chill in your free time, socialize with other students, enjoy your meals, and share good moments..
There is a laundry service in the local town for getting your clothes washed at a very reasonable price. Wifi is available for free.
The arrival package includes airport transfer to the hostel in San Jose, one night in San Jose in dorm accommodation, transfer the following day from San Jose to Playa Santa Teresa.
You can either get to the project on your own, or make your arrival smoother by booking the arrival package.
You can book an arrival package including pick-up from the airport, 1 night in San Jose (Sunday) and transfer to the project on the following day.
Breakfast, lunch, and brunch on weekends are included. Safe drinking water, tea, coffee, natural soft drinks will be provided. Beers and sodas are not included. All food in our camp is organic, sourced from local farmers and fishermen with garnishes and a few extras from our own garden. Our menu is predominantly vegetarian, though we do also serve locally sourced meat and fish. Although menus will be local, they’ll be tempered to western tastes and vegetarians are easily accommodated. Salads, simple soups, tortillas, sweet plantains and local food made of tubers (similar to potatoes) are also popular.
There is a kitchen at the camp where you can make your own food. You will need to help with cleaning dishes and keep your room and public areas tidy.
There are also social nights arranged at camp - pizza night, burger night, Mexican night etc where dinner costs between USD 7-10 (not included).
- Lightweight long trousers and long sleeved shirts. As in all subtropical areas, insects can be a nuisance, especially in the evening. Long sleeved shirts and trousers are recommended to offer the best form of protection in the evenings.
- Bandana or buff. December to May specially you might have dusty roads and want to bring a bandana or buff to protect your face.
- Rain jacket. From May to November it might rain a bit or a lot, so bring a waterproof rain jacket or poncho.
- Long sleeve rash guard (for surfing)
- Clothing you don't mind get dirty (while volunteering)
- Some clothing to go out for dinner
- Shoes. Good walking Shoes or Sneakers for everyday / Sandals or good flip flops with strong sole / Waterproof hiking boots (Rainy Season)
- Personal towel (quick dry sports towel)
- Dry bag is necessary for everyday use
- Cap or hat
- Gloves for Volunteering
Bring a pair of simple garden gloves or working gloves with you. You will need dark colored clothing to work at night, preferably long sleeved, a headtorch with a red LED if possible, closed-toe shoes for patrols that will be comfortable and a waterproof jacket. Please pack a red light/lamp, you will need this if you join a night time turtle patrol.
Take a big backpack for all your luggage rather then a suitcase. A smaller backpack or drybag for your expeditions to Cirenas and Monteverde is also necessary (about 4 days clothing).
It is always useful to carry a small personal medical kit. This should include items such as: plasters, wound dressings and bandages, personal medication to last the duration of the expedition, antihistamine cream/ tablets, fungicidal foot power/cream, antiseptic cream/solution, Imodium tablets (x30) and rehydration (e.g. dioralyte) sachets, mild pain killers (e.g. Paracetamol), tweezers, scissors etc. Also, we recommend to bring ear drops that contain Antipyrine/benzocaine/analgesics.
Sun Cream, zinc or other waterproof sun protection
You will be spending a lot of time in the sun so please bring adequate sun protection. We recommend a higher block than usual.
Insect repellent and after bite is recommended. If you are allergic to repellents, seek advice before leaving your home country
A GOOD quality pair of sunglasses is essential. Make sure they offer 100% UV protection.
Bring along a headtorch as it is more useful than a normal torch.
If bringing a digital camera bring a number of memory cards.
Small travel padlock
Bring your own padlock to lock up your valuables
Photocopy of passport
Please bring a copy of your passport. Travel tip - email yourself a copy of your passport and other important documentation.
Bring pens, pencils, notepads and A4 notebooks for your Spanish lessons