• Costa Rica
1 - 2 weeks
Need-based funding
Health & Safety

Program Details

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Direct Enrollment
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Oct 30, 2023
Nov 29, 2023
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About Program

Learn to surf (or hone your skills) while working to protect the ocean that you'll get to know intimately. Whale Bay is home to delicate ecosystems that could use support: lend a hand on whatever projects are most in need at the time: support research initiatives, engage in anti-erosion projects or assist marine biologist with ongoing work. There will be plenty of time to thoroughly explore the ocean, beaches and coastal areas during your two-week adventure!

Service Hours: 35
Program Theme: Environmental Stewardship / Sports Leadership

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Program Highlights

  • Stay active with surf sessions and other activities with Bodhi Surf School
  • Work alongside locals on environment- and community-based projects
  • Zipline, snorkel and boat at Caño Island
  • Dive deep into issues pertaining to environmental conservation and ocean stewards ship
  • Get a taste of the "pura vida" lifestyle through workshops, cuisine and community immersion


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  • Growth 4
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 3
  • Safety 4.5
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Yes, I recommend this program

My review

In this whole experience that I had, it was full of highs and lows. The majority of the lows was due to my own fault do to not bringing enough water, snacks, hygiene products, money, and entertainment sources. But even with those problems I had an amazing time with all my peers and the staff. The views of the nature and towns were also amazing and would sometimes remind me of home. The night life was also lots of fun whenever we went to a restaurant or the supermarket. The staff was also always there to help whenever we needed help.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be sure to bring back ups to your back ups, you will run out of something eventually.
  • New people and experiences
  • Beautiful location
  • Always fun
  • Have to bring lots of money for food
  • A lot of down time with nothing to do
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Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica Ocean Conservation and Surf Adventure

I recently had the incredible opportunity to volunteer in Costa Rica on an ocean conservation and surf adventure youth program, and it was an experience that surpassed all my expectations. Organized by GLA, this immersive journey not only allowed me to explore the pristine beaches of Costa Rica but also to actively contribute to marine conservation efforts. However, this program was not just about giving back; it was about personal growth. I developed a deeper appreciation for nature, gained new skills, and formed meaningful connections with fellow volunteers from around the world.

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