Spend two weeks contributing to the conservation of endangered sea turtles. Work with park rangers at the Camaronal Wildlife Refuge to protect the fragile natural habitat of the turtles that make the local beaches their home. Walk the shores looking for turtle nests, help clean the beach, or assist with other restoration efforts. Travel to the funky beach towns of Carrillo and Sámara to snorkel and surf, and explore Chora Island in a sea kayak. Although this program runs during turtle nesting season, we can’t guarantee you’ll see a sea turtle. We can ensure, however, that you’ll make a significant contribution to the protection of this endangered species and leave Costa Rica with a new appreciation for local wildlife and Tico culture.
Highlight? Baby turtles!
Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.
A school backpack or similar sized bag is ideal.
- Photocopy of passport
- Book and/or journal
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle
- Additional community service forms
- Visa documentation (if applicable)
- Ear buds
- Consent to Travel form
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.
- Socks (8-10, at least 2 long socks)
- Underwear (12-14)
- Pants/capris (2, preferably dark color for night walk)
- Long service shorts (2-3)
- Long skirt (1)
- Tank Tops (5-6)
- T-shirts (5-6)
- Long sleeved shirt (1-2, preferably dark color for night walk)
- Quick dry towel
- Beach towel/sarong
- Rain jacket
- Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
- Sneakers Two pairs, one for work)
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Tooth paste
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
- Bug spray (Biodegradable)
- Feminine hygiene products
- Contacts solution
- Foam earplugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream
- Headlamp (with a red light setting)