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Costa Rica: The Sea Turtle Initiative

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Amazing introduction to international service....

Our family of 6 was looking for something that took us out of our comfort zone but would still serve as an opportunity to be together and not leave us exhausted and wanting a traditional vacation afterwards. This was perfect. We all learned that we are part of something, that while it may have felt small, would have huge impact on the local community over time. We each came away from the experience feeling a sense of being part of something bigger; and further, the trip had a different impact on each of us. We loved the Turtle Trax folks, the Discover Corps folks, our traveling companions, and the trip was the perfect blend of service and vacation. In addition to great food, the accommodations were not luxurious, but were a perfect match for the trip. Our two guides knocked it out of the park by creating a place that felt safe and adventurous ~ we felt well taken care of. It is a shared experience that our family will remember forever and it opened up things for our four children that have already impacted their decisions around college studies, areas of the world to explore and maybe live, and their connection to one another. We hope to have the opportunity to travel with Discover Corps again!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Social Life

    8

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Community Impact

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

Sea Turtle Initiative

My daughter and I spent a week on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica With Discover Corps. Most of our time was spent working with the Turtle Trax non-profit group and included beach cleanup, sign painting, walking the beach at night to look for the tracks of nesting turtles, and, the best and most mystical part, actually seeing the turtle dig the nest, lay the eggs, and disguise the nest before she went back out to sea. Our accommodations were excellent, the food was good, and our companions were delightful. We also participated in a boat ride and fishing; playing in the surf on a beautiful beach; a trip to a wild animal rescue center; and an "adventure day" of extreme tubing, horseback riding, and zip-lining. I have traveled extensively, but this trip will always stand out as one of the best.