How much coaching will we be participating in?
Each participant will have a dedicated, one-on-one coaching session with Jennifer that will be based on the information you supply on your “Pre-Work” form. There will be group-coaching activities each day of the trip. Much of these activities will be determined once Jennifer sees the responses to the “Pre-Work” forms so that it can be catered to the needs of the group.
Will we be provided with a Packing List?
Yes, you will be sent a Packing List along with additional details specific to your trip no later than May 1, 2019.
How many people will be on this trip?
Our group will be a maximum of 12 people. There may be other groups staying at the research station the same dates we are there. We will be together as a group for all activities, meals and overnight accommodations.
I really want to go, but am unsure if I can afford to. What tips do you have for me?
Given the volunteer work that you will be doing to save an endangered species, you may want to consider starting a Go Fund Me campaign and asking your friends and family to donate to your trip costs.
Given this retreat is going on sale right before the holidays, another option is to simply ask friends and family to gift you money to be used toward this trip instead of what they would normally give you.
How much money should I bring with me?
We recommend that each participant bring $250 in cash for tipping and spending money. U.S. bills of $20 and less are widely accepted in Costa Rica (with change given in dollars or Costa Rican colones). Many shop owners are wary of accepting torn or “old looking” bills – so please bring crisp newer bills if possible! Small bills ($1 and $5) are useful at the turtle projects where there are no banks and people have a harder time finding change for larger bills.
How much should I tip?
Tipping guides isn’t mandatory, but it is customary. We recommend tipping $8 to $10 dollars per day per participant to divide between your guide(s) and driver. (That would be $70 to $100 per participant depending on the length of the trip). Participants will not need to tip anyone else along the way but feel free to leave additional tips if you have great service at restaurants or the station if you like.
Can I call home or check my email while in Costa Rica?
Calling home from Costa Rica can be expensive. For email, you should not rely on or expect to be able to get online while on the trip other than in San Jose. Cell phones from the U.S. or Canada often do not work in Costa Rica, or automatically switch you to a local service, which activates international roaming fees. If you plan to bring a cell phone, please check with your provider about coverage and cost.
Are the electrical outlets the same?
The voltage in Costa Rica is the same as in the United States. However, most outlets are 2-prong instead of 3-prong, so if you are bringing something that needs 3-prongs you will need to bring an adapter. Electricity at the research station is generated by solar power, so there is not enough power to charge electronics.
Can I go to an ATM in Costa Rica?
Although there are ATMs in Costa Rica, much of the time we will be in places where they are not available. In places where they do have ATMs, they don’t always work, so while you may be able to get cash from ATMs, please don’t count on it. Your best bet is to do that while in San Jose before heading to the station.
How should I handle medications that I need to bring?
If you plan to bring personal medicine, please consider the following:
- Carry just the necessary quantity, which is the quantity normally used by a person having your health problem.
- Bring a prescription or a written statement from your doctor, specifying that the medicine is being used under his/her control and that you need it for your physical health.
- Have the medicines labeled or properly identified.
Do I need any vaccinations?
Since we are not doctors, we cannot give you advice on vaccinations. We recommend speaking with your doctor or visiting a travel clinic. You can also check the CDC website for Costa Rica for the most up-to-date information.
What is the weather like on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast?
On the Caribbean, there are no defined wet or dry seasons. Generally, it’s pretty hot (80s to 90s F) and humid.
Can I Photograph the Turtles?
Nesting turtles are sensitive to white light (including camera flash). To prevent disturbance, conservation organizations prohibit photographs at night (even with infrared). If there are hatchlings during the daytime, those can be photographed.