Sea Turtle Retreat

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Celebrate the New Year in Costa Rica helping endangered sea turtle populations, learning from local biologists about environmental conservation, and experiencing exciting adventures. Earn 15 - 20 hours of Community Service.

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About the Trip

Celebrate the New Year in Costa Rica helping endangered sea turtle populations, learning from local biologists about environmental conservation, and experiencing exciting adventures. Earn 15 – 20 hours of Community Service.

“I really loved the Sea Turtle Retreat. I’ve never seen so many turtles or felt so involved in a project. I loved the team work and positivity that surrounded me the whole time.” ~Katherine, Girl Scout, 2016-2017

If you are looking to spend your winter break making a difference in wildlife conservation in an exciting location, this is the course for you. During your time in tropical Costa Rica you will work to protect endangered sea turtles at Playa Ostional, one of the world’s most important nesting sites for Olive Ridley sea turtles.

Start your journey with a multi-day service project at Ostional Wildlife Reserve along the Pacific Coast. This protected beach and nesting site welcomes thousands of mother sea turtles every season, with as many as 6,000 laying eggs in one night. Fulfill your commitment to service by participating in some of the following activities: conducting nightly patrols protecting the beach, performing data collection by counting the number of mother sea turtles on shore, and ensuring the safety of nesting turtles and hatchlings as they make their way to and from the ocean. The nesting and hatching season will fluctuate year-to-year, changing your direct involvement in the conservation efforts. While staying at the Ostional community center, additional service opportunities may include beach cleanups, trail preservation projects and playing soccer with the local school children.

After completing your service phase at Playa Ostional, participate in exciting adventure activities that may include a technical tree climb, a hike to the summit of a volcano crater, and/or a visit to the famed Cartago Basilica and other historic sites. Finish your course with an exciting zipline canopy tour, and explore an artisan market in Costa Rica’s vibrant capital city of San Jose.

Since 2006, Outward Bound Costa Rica has inspired a lifetime of leadership, growth and a commitment to serve through our Girl Scout Destinations courses. Leadership and character development is woven into your adventures through discussions and nightly meetings after course activities. Discover how the challenges and lessons of the Costa Rican and Panamanian wilderness will help you thrive and triumph over challenges in your own life.

“I would highly recommend the Sea Turtle Retreat to any Girl Scout! It was a great experience for my daughter to be involved hands-on with helping the endangered turtles to lay their eggs in safety. She also enjoyed trying new fruits and other foods, helping to refurbish the sleeping location for future participants, meeting new friends from all over the country, and becoming more aware of the world we live in and need to protect.” ~ Valerie, GS Mother, 2016-2017

Learn about other adventure-filled Girl Scout Destinations with Outward Bound Costa Rica on our website.

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Where You Go

San Jose, Costa Rica

What to Know

You must be 13–18 years old at the time of the trip.

You must possess:

  • A sincere interest in community service and cultural exchange
  • Spanish language skills or the willingness to learn conversational Spanish
  • The readiness for a physical fitness challenge
  • The ability to be comfortable in the water
  • The ability to be a good team player

Girl Scouts will spend the majority of their time at  Playa Ostional in Costa Rica. They will also visit San Jose, Costa Rica.

The Dates

December 27, 2019 – January 5, 2020

What to Bring

  • A packing list will be provided upon receipt of your deposit
  • A valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months past your day of departure from Costa Rica
  • A tetanus vaccination is required before your arrival in Costa Rica

The Cost

Program Fee: $1,950

Program Fee does not include airfare. You will be responsible for providing your own round-trip airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO airport), as well as bringing your own spending money (recommended $200 per 2-week course.)

$200 deposit will be due immediately upon acceptance to this course. (This is part of the Program Fee, not in addition to it). The balance is due 30 days prior to the start of the course.

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Contact Information

Girl Scout Liaison