Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program

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Program Description

On the Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program, Students comb the beaches of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast in search of the elusive leatherback sea turtle and its hatchlings. With the help of trained research assistants, students collect data that will contribute to leatherback conservation and sharpen their own understanding of the scientific process.
Next, students travel inland, to a tropical reserve, where they’ll explore the Costa Rican rainforest, home of howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, iguanas, dart frogs, and a host of other species.
After completing their course study, students visit a local high school, practice their Spanish while playing soccer, and try local cuisine with Costa Rican students. On their final day, students go on a spectacular white water rafting trip on the Sarapiqui River.


Comb the beach in search of endangered leatherback sea turtles
Explore the rainforest at our tropical preserve, home to toucans, howler monkeys, sloths and more
Meet local Costa Rican students for cultural exchange.
Go whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui River.

What`s Included

Tuition includes food, water, lodging, transportation, park entrance fees, research parnterships, and all activities. Airfare is not included.

Program Locations

Pacquare Nature PReserve, Costa Rica

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Program Details

Ecology Project International
  • Costa Rica: Pacquare Nature PReserve
School type:
Adventure Travel, Community Service / Volunteerism, High School Study Abroad
1-2 weeks
American, Canadian, European
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