$4499* (Plus Airfare)
Alongside our partner, Turtle Trax, you will gain hands-on research experience while learning about sea turtle conservation, coastal ecosystems, and the empowerment of local communities.
This program will immerse you in the rural communities around San Miguel along Costa Rica’s southern Nicoya Península and allow you to explore empty beaches, mangrove forests, rivers, and amazing forest trails.
While in San Miguel, you will work alongside a research team supporting Turtle Trax’s sea turtle conservation programs. You will participate in night turtle patrols, relocating sea turtle nests, protecting hatcheries, maintaining hatcheries, and releasing hatchlings. In addition, you will support Hogar Tierra and its reforestation program while learning about the importance of ecosystems. When not engaged in research, you will support environmental education classes and learn about sustainable fishing practices from local community members. You will also have the opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish language, connect with local residents, and explore the beautiful beaches from the Southern Nicoya Peninsula, famed for being one of the five “Blue Zones” in the world.
Please note that programs are subject to change based on the health and safety of participants and our partners.
Support a research team in their sea turtle conservation efforts
Learn about coastal ecosystems and sustainable fishing practices
Participate in reforestation efforts and beach clean-ups
1 is the least rigorous, 5 is the most rigorous
ON THE MOVE
Turtle Trax, is an organization that promotes rural ecotourism which encourages and supports the protection of biodiversity and the empowerment of local communities in Costa Rica’s southern Nicoya Península.
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Costa Rica:Sea Turtles : In Three Phases
During the travel phase of each SStS course, you will spend time reflecting and processing your experience. As this is our first year running the program we do not have any travel posts. Please check back soon.
Tuition (students from partner schools): $4299
Tuition (students from non-partner schools): $4499
*Students attending a partner school receive a tuition discount. Click HERE to see partner schools. Please note that tuition does not include airfare.
Estimated Flight Cost: $775
*All students travel to their program destination on a group flight booked by Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder. Participants are responsible for any increase in airfares imposed by the airlines. All participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the departure city. SStS will confirm airfare and connecting travel information approximately 60 days before travel.
SStS is in search of curious, compassionate, globally-minded students from all backgrounds. We will do all that we can financially to support students who require assistance. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please indicate this on the application. Resources are limited and tend to be less than 50% of tuition.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
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