Costa Rica | Protecting the Pacific

Capital: San José  |  Population: 4.87 million

National Geographic calls it “the most biologically intense place on Earth,” and it’s calling you. The deeper your exploration into Costa Rica’s awe-inspiring, majestic waters, the more important your work to protect them will become. Here you’ll volunteer to preserve a coastline park called Whale Bay, and the greater ocean, as you discover the issues critical to local coastal sustainable development. Become a key team member, examining the full spectrum of marine conservation, from socioeconomic to ecological factors. Follow grassroots leaders and community members to breathtaking discoveries at every turn. You’ll also take in eyefuls of exotic wildlife, with the possibility of spotting tropical fish, dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and other sea creatures. Experience the thrills of the ocean on a surfboard as you work to preserve the natural beauty around you.

 Program Details

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Dates for 2017:
    • Jun 22 – Jul 5
    • Jul 8 – Jul 21
    • Jul 24 – Aug 6
    • Aug 10 – Aug 23
  • Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
  • Community Service Hours: 30
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis. Program slots are filling up quickly, so please contact us to apply!


  • Volunteer alongside local community members and organizations that help the environment to preserve and protect the Pacific
  • Learn to surf in Costa Rica’s Marine National Park
  • Cruise through pristine waters, scouting for dolphins, whales, turtles and tropical fish
  • Hike through lush rainforests of Corcovado National Park

Program Fees

14 Days $3,499

What’s Included:

Program fee includes all in-country expenses including:

  • All educational materials
  • Lodging: Gender segregated rooms with roommates, with private bathrooms and air conditioning
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures, and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support

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Aspect Foundation

Study Abroad Program
1 800 879 6884
[email protected]