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Costa Rica: Protecting the Pacific

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Could not have predicted what a great experience this would be

We had a fantastic time in Bahia Ballena. The support was excellent from the moment we got off the plane in San Jose. I especially appreciated the opportunity to learn about the challenges to the environment and the people there, and then do meaningful work to help. I was amazed at what our group of 20 or so accomplished! We loved getting to know the other travelers in our group and the staff/community members in Costa Rica. Our guides Wayner and Olman were exceptionally enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Perfect mix of fun, education and service--a great family trip!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Protecting the Pacific and Enriching Our Own Lives

My husband and I took our two kids, ages 16 and 13, on this trip, and it was an awesome experience for all of us. Our guide, Wayne (Wainer) was so enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and fun, that it was impossible to not have a great time! We were able to help the community in many different ways, including making signs to prevent littering, replanting mangrove trees in the Bahia Ballena National Park, helping with various tasks at a local after-school program, and creating an entrance and fence for a plant nursery on a local farm. We also learned a lot about the culture and community, by hiking in the rainforest, playing soccer with local kids (and adults), and touring a local organic farm.
The accommodations were clean and comfortable (air conditioned rooms were just what we needed after a long, hot day!) The kids loved the pool, and we ALL loved the food!