Volunteer Name: Kelsey Foster
Project Location: Costa Rica

Program Dates:  May 21 – June 18, 2015  

Volunteer at:  Sea Turtle Conservation

How was the local ABV coordinator and the support provided in Country?
Wonderful he was super friendly and helpful

What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
San Jose was like entering another world it is crazy here! Also being able to see monkeys was pretty surprising

What was the most difficult to experience?
The work was hard! I do not usually work outside and never with ssaws  on bamboo.

Any tips for future volunteers?
Bug Spray! And bring old clothes you dont care about as everything will get very dirty.

Other things volunteers should know:

a.- Be prepared for a lot of down-time
b.- Be careful of the rip tides
c.- Expect rice and beans three times a day, bring snacks

Personal paragraph:

I loved my time here in Costa Rica, Matapalo was absolutly beautiful and everyone was amazing. The work we did was needed and I fell like I made a difference.

How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security:

Our accommodations were good. I was always safe and never went hungry.

What was your favorite memory of the trip?

Meeting the other volunteers in Matapalo. I loved everyone.

How was the ABV USA support prior to travel?

Good didn't actually use them too much, but they gave me the information I needed. And the  process was very easy.

Are you willing to speak to other potential volunteers?

Of Course

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.


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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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