Costa Rica – Protecting the Pacific

Become part of a community nestled between a breathtaking ocean reserve and mountains while experiencing one of the happiest countries on earth.

The Place and The People

The tranquil town of Uvita is an ideal place to experience the Bahia Ballena Marine Reserve. This small community promotes sustainable development while also protecting its natural heritage. Its marine conservation efforts will be stimulating subjects of exchange between you, environmentalists, ecologists, and local community members.

This off-the-beaten path corner of Costa Rica still maintains its traditional way of life. Visit a farmer who will welcome you into his home and share how concepts like “organic” are simply how he’s always done things. Meet artisanal fishermen who have become allies in the struggle to preserve the ocean, as well as scientists, activists and other “Ticos” eager to share their way of life with you.

What You'll Do

Because Marino Ballena National Park is both a breeding and feeding ground for a variety of whales, it’s critical to preserve it in the face of increasing tourism and development. One of the biggest issues facing this community, and many around the world, is deforestation. Loss of trees along the coast means increased beach erosion, habitat loss for sloths, monkeys and birds, and increased runoff into the ocean affecting whales and marine animals alike.

You will lend a hand on a community reforestation project alongside the community. Depending on the time of year, you’ll collect seeds and plant them in a nursery, maintain the trees and plant the fully-grown trees in the community. You’ll also work with local students  and community members to create signs and other projects to build awareness of this issue.

  • Voluntourism in Costa Rica
  • Lunchtime at a Soda

What You'll See

Discover gorgeous wildlife and fascinating flora in Corcovado National Park, called “one of the most biologically intense places on earth” by National Geographic. Scout for whales, dolphins and seals off the coast of the Whale Tail of Marino Ballena National Park. Whether you snorkel through an array of tropical fish or simply relax on the beach, you’ll find yourself enjoying all the unique outdoor activities this town has to offer.


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Itinerary Overview

Start the morning to the sounds of tropical birds at your eco-friendly Home Base near the Pacific Ocean. Spend the morning volunteering side-by-side with community members and students on reforestation projects to protect the bay. Learn about the challenges of balancing conservation and development — and the innovative ways the community is solving them.

In the afternoon, enjoy activities like swimming in a waterfall pool, relaxing on the beach, snorkeling with tropical fish, and identifying wildlife on nature walks. Your Discover Corps guides will be with you every step of your journey sharing the wealth of knowledge they have gathered from living in this community. When evening comes, engage in interesting discussions with local leaders over hearty communal dinners filled with fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Where You'll Stay

Sandy Cooper

Gloucester, MA

Traveler's Journal

“The entire trip was a whirlwind of seeing beautiful wildlife, unique plants, and speaking to inspirational local people. Upon arrival, I immediately fell in love with the natural beauty here, but as my trip progressed, I developed a friendship and bond with the people. My senses were delighted and my soul was replenished here. I can’t wait to return.”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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Duration: 8 days

Program Cost: US $2,299 *


Aug 19-26, 2017 (FF)

Sept 2-9, 2017 (Whale Festival)

Oct 21-28, 2017

Dec 16-23, 2017 (FF)

Feb 17-24, 2018 (FF)

May 5-12, 2018

Aug 4-11, 2018 (FF)

Sept 1-8, 2018 (FF) – Whale Festival


What's Included

Our trips are all-inclusive, and our “no tipping policy” makes your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • All meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 6 nights coastal Home Base lodging in Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay)
  • 1 night lodging in San Jose, upon arrival
  • Volunteer project: all supplies, materials and 15 volunteer hours
  • All activities: 3 guest speakers, dance lessons, visit to organic farm and more
  • Bilingual guides
  • Airport transfers from San Jose and all ground transportation
  • Day trip to Corcovado National Park with snorkel tour of Caño Island Biological Reserve
  • Cooking class with local family in Bahia Ballena
  • See full itinerary for details

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

This is only available as an 8 day trip. Trips to Costa Rica for different lengths can be arranged for custom groups.

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