Volunteer Name: Chelsea Hatch

Project Location: Costa Rica

Program Dates:  July 14 - August 11, 2014    

Volunteer at:  Sea Turtle Conservation

How was the local ABV coordinator and the support provided in Country?

It was good and very welcoming

What was the most surprising thing you experienced?

Leaving the airport because we were overwhelmed and confused. Didn’t know where to go.

ABV: as explained in the orientation guide, stay in the arrival gate and look for the ABV sign from our driver.

What was the most difficult to experience?

Eating rice and beans everyday haha! Bring snacks, you can buy at the near town.

Any tips for future volunteers?

Wear long sleeve clothing because you will get bit and it gets cold at night sometimes. Have a good attitude about everything and it will be fun.

Other things volunteers should know:

a.- The humidity

b.- Crazy work hours

c.-  The bugs
d.- Read all the paper work ABV sends by email or in the ABV account

Personal paragraph:

Enjoyed every minute of it! , Wish I could stay longer because I had such a blast and got really close to people there. It was like my second home & Family ;)

How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security:

I felt taken care of and safe!

What was your favorite memory of the trip?

Making good friendships and finding turtles!

How was the ABV USA support prior to travel?

There was miscommunication after the airport, but besides that it was fine.

ABV: you need to follow the guidelines from the orientation guide so you don’t get lost in the pick up process.

Are you willing to speak to other potential 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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