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A UNIQUE BLEND OF LEARNING SPANISH, SURFING, VOLUNTEERING, TURTLES & ADVENTURE

Program Overview

LEARN SPANISH, SURF, TURTLES & ADVENTURE – 4 WEEKS

Learn Spanish, Surf, Volunteer & Adventure in Santa Teresa – a jungle surf camp hidden in tropical forest yet within a roar of the Pacific Ocean

This program starts on the first Sunday of each month, so clients can ‘settle in’ before the program proper starts on Monday morning. Programmed activities include Spanish lessons, professional surf instruction & guided/supervised surfing, a turtle volunteer placement with AVSO, and real traveling adventure travel so you can explore and enjoy the beautiful hinterland of Costa Rica and get a real feel for the biodiversity of this special part of the world.

Your experience will be based at ‘Jakera Jungle Surf Camp’ where we have created a jungle paradise complete with swimming pool overlooked by a rich tropical forest bursting with wildlife including red squirrels, howler monkeys and tiny magical hummingbirds. We are a 5 min walk from the cool cafes, bars and shops that line the 6km stretch of road and beach that make up Playa Santa Teresa/Playa El Carmen.

This program is quite busy and varied but there is still free time to enjoy a great social life!

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Week1 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
07:00-08:30 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Free Free
09:00-11:00 Surf Lesson Guided Surf River hike – forest to beach Guided Surf Guided Surf Brunch 10:00 - 11:00 Brunch 10:00-11:00
12:00-13:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Free Free
14:00-16:00 Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Free Free
Week2 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
07:00-08:30 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Free Free
09:00-11:00 Surf Lesson Guided Surf River hike – forest to beach Guided Surf Guided Surf Brunch 10:00 - 11:00 Brunch and departure to AVSO Montezuma late PM Sunset Beach Party
12:00-13:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Free In Transit
14:00-16:00 Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Free In Transit
Week3 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
07:00-08:30 Turtle conservation volunteer placement at AVSO Montezuma Breakfast
09:00-11:00 Return to JJSC
12:00-13:00
14:00-16:00 Late PM Sunset Beach Party
Week4 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
07:00-08:30 Four day road trip to Monte Verde National Park – DESCRIPTION TO FOLLOW Breakfast Free Free
09:00-11:00 Free Brunch 10:00 - 11:00 Brunch 10:00-11:00 & departure
12:00-13:00 Lunch Free
14:00-16:00 Free Free

* schedule order may change according to tide, weather and volunteer work specifics

Upon touchdown and clearing customs & immigration you will begin a multi logistical transfer to the Nicoya Peninsula. A 1 ½ road transfer to Puntarenas, followed by a scenic 1 hour ferry across the Golfo de Nicoya to Paquera, and finally, another 1 ½ hour road transfer to your destination on the Pacific coast, Santa Teresa. You will quickly realise you are somewhere special as the asphalt road gives way to ‘off road’ terrain; giving this special part of the world an ‘island’ feel.

Spanish Lessons

During your first two weeks with us you will receive 2 x 45 minute Spanish lessons daily Monday to Friday (usually at 14:00-16:00 but subject to change depending surf conditions). Tuition is delivered by accredited and licensed teachers and on day one you will receive a short test to establish your level and objectives. These lessons will be tailored to suit all levels from beginner to intermediate and are designed to help you interact and immerse with the local community and enjoy being in a Spanish speaking country.

Surf Lessons

During your first two weeks with us, each Monday you will receive surf lessons (approx. 2 hours) from professional surf instructors. As well as showing you the basics – or taking you to the next level – they will teach you basic safety principles taking into account local issues such as rip tides. A summary of basic water safety principles is included below.

Guided/Supervised Surfing

During your first two weeks with us, each week Tuesday, Thursday and Friday you can enjoy supervised surfing as a group under supervision from your Team Leader. The Team Leader is there to ensure you respect the safety principles taught previously.

Boards are provided for Surf Lessons and Guided/Supervised Surfing. Additional lessons are available on request as well as board rental.

Hiking

We would like you to enjoy Nicoya Peninsula - an area of outstanding natural beauty – so each Wednesday we will explore our surroundings on foot. The first is a 2 hour ‘jungle river trek’ along a river that runs by Jakera Jungle Surf Camp and into the lush tropical forest that surrounds us. You will quickly find yourself ‘lost’ and wondering which direction the seemingly nearby beach is.

The second Wednesday we hike from ‘beach to waterfall’ to discover a multitude of waterfalls and rivers that tumble and twist through the rainforest and out into the Pacific Ocean. This hike helps us to understand how the whole eco system works. There is a huge range of flora including trees with specific medicinal applications. We begin to understand the beauty of this truly diverse location.

Volunteering

In week 3 you will move to Montezuma, down the coast about 20km east from Santa Teresa, to participate in a turtle conservation project run by AVSO.

Turtle Conservation - you’ll be protecting the eggs and hatchlings of Olive Ridley, Black Turtle, Hawksbill and Leatherback species, who visit local ‘semi intensive’ nesting beaches at night to nest. The principle objective of the project is to protect adult female turtles that frequent beaches along this coastline, and their nests, from human predators and wildlife, natural events such as beach erosion and flooding due to high amounts of rainfall in nesting season. This is achieved by maintenance of infrastructure and surroundings, beach cleaning, night patrols to look for nesting female turtles (in season), transport of food and water, collection of data and releasing baby turtles into the ocean (in season) and the construction of a ‘hatchery’.

For more information on AVSO Montezuma see ‘Supplementary Notes’ below.

Monte Verde National Park – 4 day road trip

In week 3 Monday to Thursday (four days/three night) we go on an 4x4 overland adventure to explore Monte Verde National Park. We will stay in the picturesque town of Santa Elena and enjoy hikes to explore two national parks – one a Cloud Forest and one a Tropical Forest. For detailed itinerary see Supplementary Notes below.

PRICES

Cost of 4 week program* USD 1,950 / EURO 1,775

* price includes 28 nights accommodation, breakfast & lunch (brunch at weekends), 20 intensive Spanish lessons, 2 surf lessons, 7 guided surf sessions, and hiking, volunteering and other activities as described above.

Cost of extra night – accommodation & breakfast USD 40 / EURO 35

Airport transfer – USD 75 / EURO 70 each way

The ‘program’ starts on a Sunday (changeover day) with the program ending after breakfast on corresponding Sunday 7 or 14 days later. Clients are welcome to arrive Saturday or earlier if they pay a supplement for extra night bed & breakfast.


Telephone: 00353868220333
Email: info@jakera.com
Skype: jakera1