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Learn Spanish, Surf or Yoga, 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, a choice of professional surf OR Yoga lessons, volunteering in Santa Teresa, a turtle volunteer placement with AVSO in Montezuma, 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 10 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!

Week 1 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
07:00-08:30 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Free Free
09:00-11:00 Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Brunch 10:00 -11:00 Brunch 10:00 -11:00
12:00-13:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Jakera Club volunteering
14:00-16:00 Surf or Yoga Lesson Surf or Yoga Lesson River hike – forest to beach Surf or Yoga Lesson Surf or Yoga Lesson Late PM Sunset Beach Party
Week 2 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
07:00-08:30 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Free Free
09:00-11:00 Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Spanish Lesson Brunch 10:00-11:00 Brunch and departure to AVSO Montezuma  
12:00-13:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Jakera Club volunteering
14:00-16:00 Volunteer Volunteer River hike – beach to waterfall Volunteer Volunteer
Week 3 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
07:00-08:30   Turtle conservation volunteer placement at AVSO Montezuma or AVSO Buena Vista depending on seasonal requirements Free Free
09:00-11:00 Brunch 10:00-11:00 Brunch 10:00-11:00
12:00-13:00 Jakera Club volunteering
Week 4 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
07:00-08:30   Four day road trip to Monte Verde National Park – including hiking trips to explore Cloud and Tropical Forests Breakfast Free Free
09:00-11:00 Free Brunch 10:00-11:00 Brunch 10:00-11:00 & departure
12:00-13:00 Lunch Jakera Club volunteering
14:00-16:00 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 - weeks 1 & 2

Each day Monday to Friday during your first two weeks with us there will be 2 x 45 minute Spanish lessons (usually at 09:00-11:00 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 or Yoga Lessons - week 1

During your first week with us, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday you will have a choice of doing a surfing OR yoga lesson

Surf lessons (approx. 2 hours) are delivered by a local professional surf instructor. 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.

Alternatively, at the times scheduled for surf activities you can enjoy professional yoga instruction. For a long time now this magical place has been a destination for yogis from all around the world. What better place to learn or practice yoga than on a wild beach with the sound of waves crashing on the soft white sand, or in our jungle lodge surrounded by lush foliage to the sounds of the river and birds? Many people come here every year to practice and teach yoga so there is a class to for every level from absolute beginner to advanced yogi.

Popular Classes include Yoga for all, Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow, Ashtanga, Hatha, Deep Restorative, Relaxing & Mediation. You are invited to try a variety of forms of Yoga during your time with us. Each class is 90 minutes (4 classes per week) – a combination of group and private classes depending your needs.

Yoga provides mental balance, body control and it will help you to relax and enjoy every part of your journey in Costa Rica. Enjoy the mantras and discover a new way to relax and be in tune with your body (and nature) by doing yoga and living the pura vida lifestyle. 

Boards are provided for Surf Lessons. Additional lessons are available on request as well as board rental.

Volunteering - week 2

During your second week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons (2-3 hours per day), you will participate in volunteer projects designed to conserve and respect local natural resources. Project work is varied and priorities are seasonal and weather dependent. However, most of our efforts are focused on the following areas;

Beach Conservation – here we work alongside the ‘Santa Teresa Lifeguards’. Having seen the amazing beaches of Santa Teresa, and adjoining Playa Hermosa and Playa Carmen, the recreational opportunities are clear. However, beaches need to be maintained to keep them clear of debris that not only looks unsightly but can cause harm to people and wildlife. Initially we receive briefing and training from the Lifeguards as we set out our group objectives.

Work includes promoting Lifeguard issues with regard to beach safety and etiquette (through signage, presentations and speaking to visitors), preparing beaches with the Lifeguards at the start of each day and organising clean ups with focus on recycling.

Formed in response to water and beach pollution, this government-backed initiative aims to reward communities that adhere to their guidelines on conservation practice. By awarding the Blue Flag, the communities gain international recognition for their beach and can attract more tourists and investment.

Tropical Forest – our main focus is the forests most important resource – water! You will be helping with the maintenance and supply of our tree nursery; planting carefully selected saplings, gathered seeds and ongoing support of recently planted trees to ensure their success.

We support the local ‘Waterkeepers’ who patrol the river systems of Santa Teresa and neighbouring tropical forest resources by helping to report any contamination, clear forest debris and litter from streams before it is washed out to sea and can cause further damage to wildlife, and by maintaining walking/hiking trails that allow visitors to access this beautiful area.

It is also a great opportunity to learn about the biodiversity of flora and fauna in this special part of the world.

Jakera Club – community work with the kids of Santa Teresa elementary school. Here we will team up and work hand in hand with Santa Theresa school kids hosting extra curriculum activities. Our activities will be run by the volunteers, and activities will include Sports, Arts & Crafts, English classes, environmental awareness activities and social awareness activities.

We also organise and run out-of school activities (including Saturday afternoons – which are open to all our clients to get involved), for the kids to appreciate entirely new experiences and adventures, including; organised sea safety, beach and kids surf classes, nature and turtle conservation activities, sports games and arts and crafts.

Hiking - weeks 1 & 2

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.

Turtle Volunteering - week 3

In week 3 you will move to AVSO 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’.

Monte Verde National Park - week 4

In week 4 Monday to Thursday (four days/three night) we go on an 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.


Cost of 4 week program* USD 2,045 / EURO 1,780

* price includes 28 nights accommodation, breakfast & lunch (brunch at weekends), 20 intensive Spanish lessons, choice of 4 surf OR Yoga lessons, volunteering in Santa Teresa, hiking in Santa Teresa, volunteering in AVSO Montezuma and 4 day overland expedition to Monte Verde National Park.

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: +1 800-562-4216