There are countless things that make our Costa Rica: Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative program so special. From volunteering alongside local community members, to ziplining through the jungle, here are some of our favorite things about this awesome Spring Break program!
Live in a Jungle by the Beach
You don’t often picture the jungle and the beach in the same area, but on this program, you truly get both! Home Base is a rustic ecolodge just steps from the beach, nestled in the jungle outside of the nearby town of Parismina.
Make Lifelong Friends
Eight days may seem short, but year after year, our students prove that eight days is more than enough time to get to know one another and form close friendships! In fact, many GLA alumni have remained close friends with their fellow students they met on their Spring Break program years ago!
What made my program in Costa Rica life-changing was specifically the people. It is hard to imagine myself going back to Costa Rica without everyone by my side. Everyone was so supportive and my ideas flourished. I still keep in contact with many of my fellow GLA-ers. Even the mentors can’t leave my mind! —Adam, GLA Alumni
Develop Leadership Skills
One of the key components of every GLA program is our Leadership Curriculum, which helps students develop skills that can be applied to all areas of life. During Mentor Groups, students are split into small groups to discuss topics such as culture, leadership, goals for their time abroad, and more. Each group is led by a program staff member, and students are encouraged to share, participate, and reflect on their experiences.
Volunteer with a Local Sea Turtle Rescue Organization
On this program, students have the opportunity to work directly with ASTOP (Asociacion Salvemos las Tortugas de Parismina). ASTOP is a conservation organization dedicated to protecting sea turtles that nest on the beaches of Parismina. Get to know the local volunteers, chat with them during night patrols, help paint signs for the egg hatchery, and gain a better understanding of their local conservation efforts.
In Costa Rica, wildlife is everywhere! You’ll spot lizards and tree frogs on a boat tour of the local area, and you’ll likely see a few sloths in the trees as you walk on the local trail. But perhaps the best thing is seeing (and hearing!) the wild howler monkeys that scale the trees right outside Home Base. Check out this little guy below who came to grab some fruit while our students sat down for breakfast!
Spring Break in Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without some amazing food, and you will certainly enjoy some delicious meals throughout this program. From fresh local ingredients, to fruit picked right off the trees outside your window, your taste buds are in for a treat!
I will never forget the amazing food I had while on this program. The chefs would spend hours cooking meals from scratch. Every time our group sat down to eat, we felt like a local family had invited us in for a home-cooked meal. —Ashley, GLA Alumna
Zipline Through the Jungle Canopy
Can you imagine flying through the jungle, soaring high above the trees with 360 views in all directions? Well, on this program, that’s exactly what you’ll get to do during the zipline adventure!
Get to Know the Locals
One of the best parts of this program is that you’ll get to know, and form connections with, the members of the local community of Parismina. Whether you’re working directly with local volunteers during your service activities, or playing a game of soccer with local children, the connections you form will have a huge impact on your experience!
The emphasis this program puts on creating bonds with locals was so important to me and I believe it is part of why GLA is so special. Every excursion we had was always new and exciting, there was never a dull moment. —Emma, GLA Alumna
Costa Rica: Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative is currently enrolling for the following sessions:
March 9 – March 16, 2019
March 23 – March 30, 2019
March 30 – April 6, 2019
April 6 – April 13, 2019
April 13 – April 20, 2019