High School Study Abroad Adventures

Costa Rica Sea Turtle + Wildlife Conservation

Get your hands dirty on a wildlife adventure through the amazingly biodiverse rainforests and beaches of Costa Rica. Work with friends to establish camera traps, track turtles and build conservation skills.

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Tropical days investigating and defending the wildlife of Costa Rica

  • Explore the Costa Rican environment through the eyes of field biologists and conservationists.
  • Observe wildlife in the remote Osa Peninsula while learning how to use research equipment.
  • Research predators and prey of the jungle while living at a biological station.
  • Contribute to reforestation and data collection efforts outside of Chirripó National Park.
  • Apply your knowledge of sea turtle behavior and anatomy to a sea turtle conservation project.
  • Rappel with friends down a rushing waterfall and spend a night in an open air cavern.
PROGRAM DATES COST AVAILABILITY
June 17 - July 6 $5,480 Available Enroll Now
July 9 - July 28 $5,480 Available Enroll Now
“This trip was life changing! I learned a great deal of information, met amazing people, and had a once in a lifetime adventure. Broadreach is a wonderful program that allows young teens like myself to get a glimpse of the real world and all of the wonderful things that are open to us. Thank you Broadreach for putting together a safe, informative and unforgettable trip that I will be talking about for the rest of my life!” Faith, high school alumna

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Credits Available

10

Service Hours

Three natural science credits available through Lesley University. 

Course description: This course focuses on the fundamentals of sea turtle biology including evolution, anatomy, species identification, life history, reproduction and nesting behavior. Coursework will consist of both academic discussions and field work designed to introduce you to methods and equipment used by scientists in the field.

Course objectives: 

  • Build in-depth knowledge of Costa Rican sea turtle populations.
  • Develop detailed understanding of current conservation issues and the role of cultural and social issues in conservation strategies.
  • Learn conservation theories used to recover depleted sea turtle populations.
  • Learn common research and data collection methodologies including sea turtle monitoring techniques.
  • Understand habitat recovery and the importance of monitoring reforestation progress.
  • Gain understanding of biodiversity and conservation methods in the Osa Peninsula.

10 hours of service learning through projects with conservation organizations to improve reforestation efforts and collect data for ongoing research efforts.

Requirements:

  • Available to students completing grades 9-12. No additional experience necessary.