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An experience of a lifetime in a Sea Turtle Project

ASVO has over 25 years experience in conservation activities in Costa Rica. We support the National Park system providing international volunteers to work alongside Park

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Fulfilling Internship on a Sea Turtle Project Costa Rica

ASVO has over 25 years experience in conservation activities in Costa Rica. We support the National Park system providing international volunteers to work alongside Park

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Costa Rica

Volunteer in a Tropical Rainforest

ASVO has over 25 years experience in conservation activities in Costa Rica. We support the National Park system providing international volunteers to work alongside Park

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ASVO (Association of Volunteers for Service in Protected Areas) Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Impact

    7

  • Health and Safety

    7

  • Social Life

    7

Incredible!

Overall an excellent experience! It was a great trip as part of my gap year. Living situation wasn't a 5 star hotel, but that was expected. Staff members are very accommodating and some speak English. Some volunteers spoke no Spanish and still got along fine, though I would recommend it. It is a great opportunity to practice your Spanish comprehension and speaking skills. Obviously the main purpose of the trip was to volunteer at the sea turtle hatchery, and what an incredible experience that was! Patrolling the beach at night can be exhausting but the sight of turtle tracks is something that makes your heart race and you will never forget. Releasing baby turtles as they hatched was the most incredible thing that I have ever done! I highly recommend this program for anyone looking to volunteer, whether it be specifically with the turtles, in Costa Rica, or undecided.

Program: An experience of a lifetime in a Sea Turtle Project

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    4

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    6

  • Social Life

    10

Buenavista, a lifetime experience

Once arrived , passed the "crocodile river" you will feel like entering another universe. A world of natural wonder, miracles, and moonlight nights. Work can be tough and a little bit dangerous sometimes, especially with machetes.

Program: An experience of a lifetime in a Sea Turtle Project

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Community Impact

    6

  • Health and Safety

    7

  • Social Life

    9

I had a great experience with ASVO

I really enjoyed my time with ASVO. I worked with great people. I receive many information about sea turtles life. The project was interesting and useful for the wild life in Costa Rica and also for the communities through beach cleaning days, recycling campaigns... The location was great. The volunteer house was fine, but could be better organized and more clean. The food diet was in sufficient quantity, but lacked of fruits and vegetables. However, I can rate this experience as a great experience.

Program: An experience of a lifetime in a Sea Turtle Project

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Living Situation

    4

  • Community Impact

    8

  • Health and Safety

    4

  • Social Life

    10

ASVO Buena Vista

It was a wonderful experience filled with new friends and a lot of turtles to see. The camp is located on a beautiful beach and the project is great if you like to live close to nature and wildlife!

Program: An experience of a lifetime in a Sea Turtle Project

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Impact

    7

  • Health and Safety

    5

  • Social Life

    10

Playa Buena Vista review

I had an awesome time, it really felt like I was making a difference and I loved the location and the people. Living situation was so different from home but I loved the change. The lack of electricity was really beneficial.

Program: An experience of a lifetime in a Sea Turtle Project

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