Starting from
$495

Learn Spanish & Volunteer in Costa Rica

Highlights

  • Turtles! Make a connection with the natural world by protecting the eggs and hatchlings of Olive Ridley, Black Turtle, Hawksbill and Leatherback species who visit our beaches at night to nest.
  • Our jungle surf camp is so called because we are nestled in a tropical forest with tropical birds and monkeys for neighbours... yet with 5 minutes walk from the beach!
  • Our beach is one of the top 10 surf destinations in the world... a truly stunning location and great to unwind after a busy day...
  • Work alongside the ‘Santa Teresa Lifeguards’ helping with beach conservation to enhance this beautiful location.
  • Support the local 'Waterkeepers' with our tropical forest conservation efforts including helping with our tree nursery to ensure indigenous trees flourish.
Location
Costa Rica
Length
1 to 4 weeks
Housing
  • Hostel

About

Learn Spanish & Volunteer in Santa Teresa – a jungle surf camp hidden in tropical forest yet within a roar of the Pacific Ocean.

As well as Spanish lessons and meaningful volunteering placements, explore and enjoy the beautiful nature of Nicoya Peninsula and get a real feel for the biodiversity of this special part of the world.

What to Expect

Learn Spanish & Volunteer in Santa Teresa – a jungle surf camp hidden in tropical forest yet within a roar of the Pacific Ocean

This program starts on the first and third Sunday of each month, so you can ‘settle in’ before the program proper starts on Monday morning. As well as Spanish lessons and meaningful volunteering placements other programmed activities include hiking so you can explore and enjoy the beautiful hinterland of Nicoya Peninsula and get a real feel for the biodiversity of this special part of the world.

SPANISH LESSONS

Each day Monday to Friday there will be 2 x 45 minute Spanish lessons (usually at 09:00-11:00). Tuition is delivered by accredited and licensed teachers and on day one you will receive a short test to establish your level and objectives. These lessons will be tailored to suit all levels from beginner to intermediate and are designed to help you interact and immerse with the local community and enjoy being in a Spanish speaking country.

VOLUNTEERING

During weeks 1, 2 & 4 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (2-3 hours per day), you will participate in volunteer projects designed to conserve and respect local natural resources. Project work is varied and priorities are seasonal and weather dependent. However, most of our efforts are focused on the following areas;

Beach Conservation – here we work alongside the ‘Santa Teresa Lifeguards’. Having seen the amazing beaches of Santa Teresa, and adjoining Playa Hermosa and Playa Carmen, the recreational opportunities are clear. However, beaches need to be maintained to keep them clear of debris that not only looks unsightly but can cause harm to people and wildlife. Initially we receive briefing and training from the Lifeguards as we set out our group objectives.

Tropical Forest – our main focus is the forests most important resource – water! You will be helping with the maintenance and supply of our tree nursery; planting carefully selected saplings, gathered seeds and ongoing support of recently planted trees to ensure their success.

We support the local ‘Waterkeepers’ who patrol the river systems of Santa Teresa and neighbouring tropical forest resources by helping to report any contamination, clear forest debris and litter from streams before it is washed out to sea and can cause further damage to wildlife, and by maintaining walking/hiking trails that allow visitors to access this beautiful area.

Jakera Club – community work with the kids of Santa Teresa elementary school. Here we will team up and work hand in hand with Santa Theresa school kids hosting extra curriculum activities. Our activities will be run by the volunteers, and activities will include Sports, Arts & Crafts, English classes, environmental awareness activities and social awareness activities.

We also organise and run out-of school activities (including Saturday afternoons – which are open to all our clients to get involved), for the kids to appreciate entirely new experiences and adventures, including; organised sea safety, beach and kids surf classes, nature and turtle conservation activities, sports games and arts and crafts.

Turtle Conservation (AVSO Montezuma or Buena Vista week 3 only) - you’ll be protecting the eggs and hatchlings of Olive Ridley, Black Turtle, Hawksbill and Leatherback species who visit nesting beaches at night to nest. Our principle objectives are to protect adult female turtles that frequent nesting beaches and their nests from human predators and wildlife, natural events such as beach erosion and flooding due to high amounts of rainfall in nesting season.

Included/Not Included
What's Included
  • Accommodation in shared dorm at Jakera Jungle Surf Camp
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • 10 intensive Spanish lessons
  • 4 volunteer sessions (2-3 hours per day)
  • Hiking and other activities as described above
What's Not Included
  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Airport Transfer
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
Housing & Meals
Housing

Stay in dorm-style accommodation at Jakera Jungle Surf Camp, a jungle paradise complete with a swimming pool, nestled in a rich tropical forest. Accommodation is a ten-minute walk from the cafes, bars, and shops that line the 6km stretch of road and beach that make up Playa Santa Theresa/El Carmen.

Meals

All food in our camp is organic, sourced from local farmers and fishermen with garnishes and tidbits from our own garden. Our menu is predominantly vegetarian, though we do also serve locally sourced meat and fish.

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Program Reviews (2)

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Kitty
Female
19 years old
England

kittys review

9/10

These past few weeks have been incredible. I have really enjoyed all the opportunities which I've been given, I especially loved been in Santa Teresa and learning how to surf and also learning the Spanish language. I have deffinitley made life long friends from this trip and it was nice to mix with new people. A few of us loved it so much we ended up extending our stay. Would highly recommend so come see for yourself.

How can this program be improved?

supper provided. Otherwise 100000%

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Isabel
Female
20 years old
Reading

A gap year must!

10/10

I travelled to Costa Rica on the 1st September 2016 for 10 weeks at Jakera Jungle Surf Camp. I travelled from England and met up with a group of 8 other 18-25 year olds. The accomodation completely exceeded my expectations, it was large and spacious and the location was spectacular. Every week we had to work on a different volunteering project which meant that there was lots of variety in what we did, from cleaning the streets as part of a waste management project to spending a week at an isolated turtle sanctuary working with baby turtles! In my opnion the time was managed very well. We had plenty of free time to do our own activities but at the same time we were kept really busy so we never felt bored or homesick. All in all I would definitely recommend this program to any young person that wants a completely different experience from an extremely unique culture. If I could do it again I definitely would and I can say 100% that it was the best 10 weeks of my life.

 
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Jakera have been running student programs and delivering travel solutions to clients around the Caribbean and South America since the mid 1990’s. In 2012 we completed a long planned project to bring our student clients to Cuba (we first traveled to Cuba in 2003).

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