Costa Rica Impact Expedition: 2 Weeks

Get a taste of true off-grid living on this exciting expedition. Experience life in rural Costa Rica, where you’ll have the chance to spot some truly incredible wildlife and make a real difference on some important environmental and community projects.

  • Location Costa Rica, Central America
  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Expedition Type Service Expeditions

This 2 week expedition will give you the opportunity to live in the remote rainforest of Costa Rica, where you will have the chance to spot some incredible wildlife. Head to the coast to swim through warm tropical waters teeming with exotic fish and the occasional turtle and spend time helping the local community on vital projects.

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A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

  • Ongoing pre-expedition support
  • Flights and in-country transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and accomodation
  • Project costs
  • Leader and staff costs
  • Camps t-shirt
  • Orientation and language lessons
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Reserve location

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Arrive in San José After arrival into San José airport, you will be greeted by a member of our Camps staff and taken to your accommodation in the city for the evening. There will be some free time for you to explore San José before you head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Day 2 Transfer to Camp Osa After breakfast, you’ll take the five hour journey to Camp Osa. Situated in a remote corner of Costa Rica, this region is home to 2.5% of the biodiversity of the entire planet. Upon arrival you will have a chance to settle into your new home before you have a camp and project orientation. You be introduced to the Camps Crew who will ensure you are familiar and comfortable in your new surroundings and our Project Managers will explain what project activities you will be undertaking during your time in Camp Osa.
Day 3 -6 Environmental conservation work Over the next few days, you’ll be working alongside Osa Conservation, a local environmental organisation, on vital environmental projects such as reforestation, data collection, animal tracking and making bird and bat boxes to encourage species to return. You will also have the chance to watch the rainforest come alive by hiding out in one of the wildlife hides in the early hours of the morning – an experience you won’t forget!
Day 7 Travel to Uvita After breakfast you will have time to say your goodbyes to the team at Camp Osa and then you will head down to the coast. Here you will have the chance to enjoy the and the beautiful beach area of Uvita and relax at the famous whale-tail beach.
Day 8 Snorkelling Today you will have the opportunity to head out into the ocean and snorkel. Depending on the season, you may be lucky enough to see whales or dolphins.
Day 9 Camp Terraba This morning you will make the short trip from Uvita to Camp Terraba where you will be introduced to the crew and have the chance to settle in before a project introduction.
Day 10 – 12 Project work Over the next few days, you will be working on a variety of projects with SEND. SEND is the Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and is on its second phase of completion. You will work alongside Camps staff and the local community on a number of building projects, learning traditional methods while getting to know more about the local way of life. In the evenings you will have the opportunity to learn more about Costa Rican customs as you learn local handicraft skills and enjoy cultural performances by the local community.
Day 13 Travel to San Jose Today you will say your goodbyes to the team and community at Camp Terraba as you travel back to San Jose. Upon arrival back in the capital you will have time to relax and enjoy your final evening.
Day 14 Departure After a hearty breakfast you will travel to the airport ready for your journey home.

How you’ll make a difference

You’ll work on a range of projects throughout your expedition, each aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and designed to make a significant and lasting impact on the region’s most critical issues.

Wildlife conservation

Wildlife protection and conservation

The Osa Peninsula has suffered from extensive deforestation in the last few decades, which negatively impacts the huge array of wildlife living here. You’ll help supporta local NGO on projects such as monitoring biodiversity, building bird boxes and supporting primate conservation.

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

community development

Community development

The indigenous communities of Central America have missed out on much of the economic development of the region. You’ll help to support one of our ongoing projects such as constructing a special educational needs centre and a community playground.

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Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Experience the local way of life in our authentic camps

Our camps are the heart of our expeditions. Built and staffed by locals in the traditional style, and located within the heart of communities, they are the perfect place to relax after a day of project work. You’ll get to stay in a number of camps during your expedition, which could include those featured below.

Camp Osa

Camp Osa

A biodiversity hotspot, Camp Osa is located on the edge of the Osa peninsula – a remote part corner of Costa Rica holding 2.5% of the worlds biodiversity. It shelters the largest remaining population of jaguars and tapiers. The Camp itself is based in secondary forest that is decades old – it really is true, unspoilt Costa Rica!

  • Location: 6 1/2 hours form San José. Camp Osa is located in the Osa Peninsula
  • Accommodation style: Two-storey open-sided wooden cabins
  • Bed type: Hammocks
  • Toilets: Flushing toilets
  • Showers: Cold bucket showers
  • Power: Will need a universal adaptor/converter
  • Signature dish: Casado – a tradtional dish of beans, meat and vegetables
  • Social areas: Open sided dining room looking out on to the forest
Camp Terraba

Camp Terraba

Immerse yourself in the local community – formed by the indigenous Teribe people – who are proud of their distinct culture and have autonomous control over more than 900 hectares of forested land.

Camp Terraba is based in a converted school and has spectacular views across the surrounding forests. You will be sharing the camp with your fellow volunteers and some local toucans!

  • Location: The community Terraba is located in Buenos Aires, Puntarenas Province. 5 hours from San José.
  • Accommodation style: Converted school with rooms
  • Bed type: Bunk beds
  • Toilets: Flushing
  • Showers: Cold bucket shower
  • Power: Will need a universal adapter/converter
  • Signature dish: Rice and chicken.
  • Social areas: An outside chill out area close to the local football pitch

I visited Costa Rica with a group from my school and I can say that it was one of the best experiences of my life! The leaders from Camps were super friendly, super enthusiastic and just generally great people – they helped us get the most out of this amazing trip.

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Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.

Manuel

Costa Rica is a very happy, peaceful country with some of the world’s most important wildlife and rainforests. It is so important to protect the environment and the work that we do here at Camps International enables these natural areas to be protected for the future.

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