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

Program Overview

LEARN SPANISH & VOLUNTEER – 1, 2 or 4 WEEKS

Learn Spanish & Volunteer 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 and third Sunday of each month, so you can ‘settle in’ before the program proper starts on Monday morning. As well as Spanish lessons and meaningful volunteering placements other programmed activities include hiking so you can explore and enjoy the beautiful hinterland of Nicoya Peninsula and get a real feel for the biodiversity of this special part of the world.

Based at ‘Jakera Jungle Surf Camp’ 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 minute 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.

Throughout the projects, you’ll assist in preserving precious ecosystems and help local people raise their quality of life. However, there is still free time to enjoy a great social life and participate in the many other activities to be enjoyed here.

NOTE : Turtle Conservation in Montezuma or Buena Vista is ONLY available for 4 week clients.

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 & departure 1 week program
12:00-13:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Jakera Club volunteering
14:00-16:00 Volunteer Volunteer River hike – forest to beach Volunteer Volunteer
 
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 10:00-11:00 & departure 2 week program
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
14:00-16:00
 
Week 4 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 & departure 4 week program
12:00-13:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Jakera Club volunteering
14:00-16:00 Volunteer Volunteer River hike – beach & rock pools Volunteer Volunteer
 

Upon touchdown and clearing customs & immigration you will begin a multi logistical transfer to the Nicoya Peninsula. A 1 ½ hour 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

Each day Monday to Friday there will be 2 x 45 minute Spanish lessons (usually at 09:00-11:00). 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.

Volunteering

During weeks 1, 2 & 4 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (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.

Turtle Conservation (AVSO Montezuma or Buena Vista week 3 only) - you’ll be protecting the eggs and hatchlings of Olive Ridley, Black Turtle, Hawksbill and Leatherback species who visit nesting beaches at night to nest. Our principle objectives are to protect adult female turtles that frequent nesting beaches 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 monitoring of nesting sites and the construction of ‘hatcheries’. Specifically, volunteer duties will include; 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).

It is important to note that although turtles nest frequently in peak nesting season (July to November), there will be times where turtle activity is very low. We still need help during most of the year for the construction and maintenance of the hatchery; critical for the upcoming season. However, during April to June Turtle Conservation volunteering is only available to 4 week students at AVSO Montezuma placement (week 3). For a seasonal overview of turtle activity see;

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Adults x xx xx xxx xxx xx xx
Hatchlings xx x x x x xx xxx xxx xxx xx
Hatchery Construction x xx xx xx xx x x

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.

There are several options for the third Wednesday so we retain flexibility and will make a decision based to seasonal factors and group preferences.

PRICES

Cost of 1 week program* USD 495 / EURO 430

Cost of 2 week program* USD 990 / EURO 860

Cost of 4 week program* USD 1,650 / EURO 1,435

* weekly price includes 7 nights accommodation, breakfast & lunch (brunch at weekends), 10 intensive Spanish lessons, 4 volunteer sessions (2-3 hours per day + AVSO placement in week 3), hiking and other activities as described above. 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.

Cost of extra night – accommodation & breakfast USD 35

Airport transfer – USD 75 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
Email: info@jakeradirect.com