4 independent reviews for Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica

Reviews for Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica

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review 12 Oct 2018

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

Watching turtles laying their eggs and releasing newly hatched baby turtles into the sea

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Keep packing to a minimum - lightweight quick dry clothes - and take walking shoes for the beach.

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

Yes. Our accommodation was owned by local people who lived on the same land. All meals provided by local women. The project definitely reduced our environmental impact as tourists and the whole project was aimed at supporting conservation

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

Absolutely to be recommended. An amazing experience for all of us. Our daughters (age 14 and 9) enjoyed every minute. It's a holiday we will always remember.

review 5 Oct 2018

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

Going out on patrol late in the evening, with clear skies and being able to see the whole Milky Way and shooting stars, following by finding a turtle and rescuing the eggs as the turtle was laying them. Building the shelter next to the hatchery was great fun and a fabulous team bonding experience for us a family together with the other volunteers. Being on beach patrol at sunrise and seeing a Sea Turtle making its way back into the ocean having just laid its eggs was also a magical moment.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Buy very lightweight long trousers for the evening / late-night patrols. Donít wear shorts as you will likely get eaten alive by bugs. Come stocked with snacks if you have young children. Make the effort to go on every single patrol you are given. Keep asking how you can help and be as involved as you can be.

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

Yes very much in terms of supporting sea turtle conservation and also the environment re:the beach clean. The only local people we saw were the guide and some kids and our cooks. We would have liked to have had more involvement with the local community.

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

Absolutely amazing. Memories that will last a lifetime.

review 16 Sep 2017

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

The whole holidays was an amazing experience, from seeing the turtles and collecting the eggs to visiting the school for a celebration day and learning to surf.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Learn some Spanish, get stuck in and if you love turtles and wildlife this is your perfect holiday!

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

Yes in all respects

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

Our children have given it 5 stars and have talked about it constantly. It has changed their out look, which was the aim of the holiday!

review 19 Oct 2015

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

This project and experience was absolutely amazing. As a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children, 8 & 10 yrs old) we decided it was important to not just have a holiday but to do something that would play a part in making a different to our environment for the future. Our 8 year old son, in particular had an interest in Turtles so we decided this would be a great project to work on. We weren't disappointed. The location was stunning, remote (so off the tourist route, which we loved) and gave us an feeling of living a little like a local family and we loved being constantly in the outdoors. Our children met & played with the local kids which was incredible and everyone was so welcoming. The turtle conservation work in particular was incredible, the night patrols & hatchery work made us really appreciate the work undertaken by all volunteers and the project team and we felt honoured to think that we made a little difference to the Olive Ridley Turtle Conservation program.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't expect the luxury's of home and know that you will quickly understand and appreciate you can enjoy a pure, happy time without not not much at all. All facilities and services are available and the food it terrific given the location. Go into the holiday with a open mind, be prepared to muck in, learn heaps, have fun and you won't be disappointed. As a family we were made so welcome by volunteers and locals alike. We had plenty of time during the days to do what we wanted and we never got restless, infact we go into relax & go slow mode quite quickly and the days just flew! Having the Spanish language wasn't essential but was helpful in getting to know the locals.

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

Yes, we felt the project really gave back to the local community and respected their lifestyle & views. We stayed in a family cabana as part of a local families property and they were so helpful, kind & generous. We understand that our fees went to paying them for our stay. We learnt a great deal about the environment & the turtles and that the project did everything it could to reduce environmental impacts ie composting, lighting, etc. The project provided a presence on the beach but not in a way that dictated to took over from the way the locals live there lives. There are some really dedicated local people who believe in the cause and are so grateful for the support they receive from volunteers.

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

Amazing, so humbling, incredible to think we could do a little bit to help and have fun at the same time. As a young family, our kids really have an appreciation for conservation work, have a deeper connection and understanding that animals and the environment require our help to keep it safe, they realise the human impact on the environment isn't always positive and that it requires true dedication & a commitment to make a difference.

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