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Deep Ecology and Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, Costa Rica

1 week - 6 months from

£433
£18 +
minimum age

  • Research sea turtles in Drake Bay alongside eco living in a paradise location
  • Take part in ecological food production and sustainable living
  • In your free time, you can have free yoga, Spanish or cooking lessons and learn how to make cosmetics
  • Located in the stunning Osa Peninsula with Corcovado National Park on your doorstep

"If you can make it out to the project, I would definitely recommend spending time here"

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My two young kids, 6 and 9, and I stayed a week at The Deep Ecology and Sea Turtle Project in July. We discovered the caring and genuine nature of the couple that runs the Deep Ecology Project, Rob and Rebe, from the very beginning. Our boat from Sierpe didn’t arrive in Drake Bay until after dark because of a boat malfunction. I had no cell phone reception on the boat to let Rob know that we would be late and I was worried that we would be stranded in the dark. Much to my relieved surprise, Rob was there in the rain on the beach, waiting with another volunteer all the while staying in constant communication with the boat operators. He knew that we would be late. He immediately greeted us on the sand with his uber-friendly demeanour and gathered my family and all of our baggage and loaded it into his truck. They had been waiting patiently for us for more than two hours. After a long, tiring travel day, we arrived at the Finca. It honestly felt like a beacon of cosiness and warmth. Rebe was waiting for us with a nice dinner and a big, welcoming hug. I knew that we were in great hands.

We stayed in the beautiful private jungle bungalow. It was stylish, jungle-modern if you will, and very clean. We had so much space, a full kitchen, which we didn’t even need, and felt very comfortable. The bug level was very manageable for us, as long as we had mosquito repellant when we were outside.

Our days were filled with very age-appropriate activities for my kids. Mornings always started out with fresh, deliciously cooked food by Rebe, followed by a fun, leisurely walk to the beach to start our work day. Rob introduced us to the sea turtle project and gave my kids a very informative and hands-on session about different sea turtle species and their ecology. My kids had a blast. On another day we helped prepare the turtle hatchery, and on another, we helped paint post markers on the beach. We usually choose to have afternoons as a rest time. My kids were pooped! Typically the rains came in the afternoon, cooled everything down and provided a perfect time for respite.
Rob and Rebe really tailored our time to us. They were so accommodating and thoughtful. There was no pressure to do anything we didn’t feel comfortable doing, eg, sea turtle night patrol late at night with the kids, and I am grateful for this. We did some gardening, helped prepare some meals, helped tidy around the compound, and soaked in the Pura Vida life. Their commitment to giving back to the earth should be an inspiration to us all.

If you can make it out to the project, I would definitely recommend spending time here. Thank you so much Rob and Rebe for sharing your beautiful life with us!

"Our family spent a week at this very special place."

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Our family spent a week at this very special place. Rob and Rebe are exceptional hosts – passionate about conservation, sustainable farming, cooking and ensuring the volunteers have a wonderful experience. We saw turtles on our night patrols, built a hatchery and helped on the farm. The food is delicious and the location is stunning tucked away in the pristine rainforest close to the beach. We tried yoga, learnt Spanish and explored the local area.

"An amazing week, the memories will last forever."

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My daughter and I have just experienced an amazing week at the Deep Ecology and Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, Costa Rica. Rob and Rebe are lovely hosts, warm and welcoming. From the moment we arrived to when we left, we didn’t stop learning. Sustainability is paramount – you’ll be able to help in the garden, enjoy delicious fresh home-cooked food and learn how to prepare dishes by watching and helping Rebe in the kitchen.

We also tried yoga and learnt some Spanish! You are in a beautiful isolated spot surrounded by nature and we were shown hidden, isolated beaches. The best part for us though – was the turtles. We learnt so much talking to Rob, helping to prepare the hatchery and venturing on night patrols. Working with a turtle to protect her eggs is an experience we will never forget.

An amazing week, the memories will last forever.

"Drake bay is a very magical place where you can connect with pure nature."

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I loved my experience! Rebe and Rob are really welcoming and take good care of you and they will let you feel a part of the family and you will have the opportunity to learn about different and new things. Drake bay is a very magical place where you can connect with pure nature.

"I learned many things about permaculture, which was my initial purpose"

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My experience was amazing! I learned many things about permaculture, which was my initial purpose. Rob’s knowledge is so diverse, from biology to Spanish, sometimes even genetics haha. I love Rebe’s energy and they complete each other very well in many aspects!
If you’re looking to be immersed in nature, go to sleep with the frogs and wake up with the howling monkeys, you’re definitely coming home! Can’t wait to see the project evolving and hopefully going back one day!

"I loved the simple way of life and all the biodiversity in the area which brings you back to nature"

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My volunteering experience was great! The nature surrounding the Finca is just absolutely stunning. I liked working with wood and bamboo, in the garden and helping the sea turtle project. I loved the simple way of life and all the biodiversity in the area which brings you back to nature. Also, the vegan and veggie meals prepared by the hosts are great. All fresh ingredients, organic and prepared with lots of love. I am very glad to have spent time volunteering at this project and would always come back.

"My experience volunteering at this project was exceptional"

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My experience volunteering at this project was exceptional! Helping Rob clean the garden, plant food and build bamboo fences was a lot of fun. I thank Rob and Rebe for their hospitality; they make you feel at home and the food they prepare is very good!! I’m also in love with their three beautiful dogs! In conclusion, I give 10/10 to volunteering at this project!

"I loved the daily work, the yoga, the turtle patrols, and cooking with organic and vegan ingredients"

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I spent three amazing weeks at this project with Rob, Rebe and their lovely dogs. I loved the daily work, the yoga, the turtle patrols, and cooking with organic and vegan ingredients. The culture exchange and beautiful location made it a really memorable experience. I will go back for sure!

Deep Ecology and Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, Costa Rica

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