Review Volunteer Maya Barnes in Costa Rica Sea Turtles Conservation Program

 Review  Maya Barnes Volunteer in Costa Rica Sea Turtles Conservation Program

1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?

He was incredibly helpful and easy to get in touch with. I had to change my flights and he made it no trouble at all. I would have liked to know just a little more about the Project and accommodations in before left.
ABV: all the information is in the volunteer guide provided prior traveling, volunteers can always call abv if need more information.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
The amount of free time was very surprising, we only worked about 3-4 hours a day, and most of it was at night, so the days were very free. Not a bad thing just surprising.
ABV: our volunteers can always ask for more work, its not limited to only 4 hours.

3- What was most difficult to experience?
There started out with way to many people in the house, but once some left, it was much nicer. At one point there were 16 women haring one bathroom.

Review  Maya Barnes Volunteer in Costa Rica Sea Turtles Conservation Program

4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)

Do a lot of research about thing to do, and bring more money than you think because it is very expensive to do things in Costa Rica. 

5.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a. Bring sheets for your bed. As stated in your orientation guide
b. Lots of fun free time

6- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):

This program was really amazing and the work done benefits not only the turtles but the ABV volunteers and also the locals. Most every local that I talked to about the program was so thankful for our work, and I think that is very important.

Review  Maya Barnes Volunteer in Costa Rica Sea Turtles Conservation Program

7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)

I have no complaints about accommodation, the meals were great (be ready for rice and beans), I felt very safe, and aside from it being crowded it was a clean and happy environment. You can buy snacks or eat in the nearby town.

8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Seeing 65 olive ridley turtles hatch right after seeing one lay her eggs. 

9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?


10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?

A Broader View Volunteer (ABV)  allows every traveler to choose their own program start date. This means you can arrive on any flight, any day of the week. Since ABV program fees are 100% tax deductible* we encourage you to fund raise. ABV offers advice and assistance with flight planning, affordable travel insurance, as well as procuring a visa, if necessary. Our ABV staff is available to any your questions. Contact us by email, through the on-line chat feature on our website or call us toll free at 866-423-3258.


Volunteer Registration Fee – ongoing support from ABV staff, program marketing costs, information pack, administration costs, ABV donation Fund, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

Volunteer Program Fee – ABV donation fund, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs. As a US Non-Profit Charity Organization all your fees are tax deductible and you can fundraise from our website to pay for the fees.

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