Saturday, 22 October 2016

I stayed in Hacienda Rio Oro 3 weeks and from the beginning the people here were very cool, helpful and relaxed. Relaxed is probably the best word to describe this experience. But sometimes we also get the change to discover some amazing beaches, landscapes and views.
Working with turtles is an extraordinary experience. If you are lucky (that you probably are because you are coming to this beautiful place) you will get the opportunity to see a green turtle, they are huge! It’s a challenge to tag them but team work is always available at the Hacienda at anytime.

Hacienda Rio Oro also offers other activities, especially if you are a creative person. But besides the nature and beauty, getting in touch with different cultures and learn other things from other experiences is what makes this project complete :)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Ah what to say about Hacienda Rio Oro… I can definitively say that this is like no other place on earth. The wildlife here is incredible, the atmosphere unmatched, and the turtles nigh indescribable. All in all, this month has been an experience that I will remember fondly for the rest of my life - and hopefully one I will revisit in the future.
The wild, untamed energy of the beach at night, the sheer power of the waves against the shore, the ancient majesty of the adult turtles, the intensity of working with the hatchlings… I could on and on. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but for those who love nature, are passionate about conservation, and don’t mind getting more than a bit dirty, I can’t think of a better place to go.
 The people here truly care about what they do; I’ve heard more than once that this isn’t only a job for them, it’s a lifestyle. Being out in the jungle and living more-or-less off the grid is a way of living that everyone with the capability to do should experience. I only regret not staying longer.
 Thank you so much to Aida, Ava, Alberto, Beto, Emily, Ed, and all of the volunteers! Best of luck with all that you do. – Shane Howe, 18, MN USA

Friday, 30 September 2016

I spent the last 10 days in Rio Oro and my experience exceded my expectations. I came during the peak of the season and on my last night saw 15 turtles! Last year I came to Drake Bay to volunteer in early July and I would definitely recommend coming later in the season around mid September/October as the activity is much greater. I was concerned coming during the rainy season but luckilly for me it was warm and sunny every day besides a few on and off showers! During the day you can expect to have a decent amount of downtime, but it´s easy to stay busy with different activities such as kayaking, horseback riding, taking a trip to the beach/river, or relaxing at the local bar (which I did a little too often). At night is when you get really busy! Patrols last about 4-5 hours but the time flies by fast when you´re on the beach working with the turtles. You´ll help with tagging and measuring the turtles, taking down various data, relocating nests, and if you come later in the season like I did, helping the hatchlings make their way down to the sea. My coordinators and assistants, Aida, Eva, Alberto, Ed, and Emily, were all extremely helpful, friendly, and made the experience so enjoyable. I can´t wait to come again in the future :)


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Après 3 ans sur les bancs d'école, j'ai eu grand besoin d'évasion et d'aventure dans un domaine qui me passionne et qui me montre des possibilités pour mon avenire. Je pense avoir fait un excellent choix en venant dans la magnifique conservation de corcovado.
J'ai rencontré plein de personnes incroyables et vécu dans une véritable petite famille pendant 2 mois.
J'ai pu adrmirer la faune et la flore de la forêt tropicale du Costa Rica, et profité de tour magnifique.
J'ai appris a ouvrire des noix de coco, à faire de l'huile de noix de coco, à faire des bracelets, des colliers, à danser, mais plus important encore j'ai appris énormément de chose sur les tortues marines:
Comment les reconnaître, comment s'occuper d'elle sans les déranger, comment les protéger et j'ai eu la chance de m'occuper de plus de quarante d'entre elles.
Ça peut paraìtre être un paradis et ça l'est à mon sens, mais c'est également un travail épuisant qui n'est pas fait pour les marmottes. C'est pourquoi le staff à besoin de l'aide de volontaires et les tortues ont besoin de notre aide.
Pour finir sur une pointe sentimentale, je dirais merci, merci pour tout à Aida et aux assistants (Eva Alberto, Emily et Ed), qui se donne tant de mal pour que notre expérience sois inoubliable et qui prennent tant bien soins de nous expliquer tout ce que nous avons besoin de savoir et bien plus.
Je n'oublierai jamais cette expérience et toutes les rencontres enrichissantes que j'ai faites.


Lena, 21 ans

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

I came to the Corcovado Foundation as an environmental science major trying to figure out if the path of a field researcher is one I really want to take. This was the best possible decision I could have made. During night patrol the last 4 weeks I worked on over 20 turtles, helping to measure the turtles' carapace, write down data, camouflage nests, and relocate eggs that are at risk. While the turtles are obviously the main purpose of being here, we have ample free time during the day to go to the beach or the river, travel to Puerto Jimenez, go on hikes, hit up the bar, and relax in hammocks. The Osa Peninsula is absolutely beautiful and the wildlife you will see is incredible. In addition to all of this, the volunteers and leaders here are some of the most wonderful people you will ever have the pleasure to meet. Thank you Emily, Ed, Eva, Alberto, and Aida for making this such an unforgettable experience and I'll miss you all! I may be leaving with more bug bites than the entire population to Costa Rica has put together and a recently developed fear of rice and beans, but I can't say enough good things about this program. Thank you again and I can't wait to tell everyone back in California about my time at Hacienda Rio Oro.


Monday, 15 August 2016

I can honestly say that my two weeks working on the sea turtle project as part of the Corcovado Foundation has been one of the best experiences of my life! Aida and the team were welcoming and friendly from the moment I arrived and they really took the time to not only teach us all about the important work that they do but also to spend time with the volunteers taking us on excursions and showing us the local area. The strong sense of community was unexpected but was what will make my experience unforgettable. I will definitely be recommending the project to my friends :)

Helen 30 UK
The reason why I signed up to come to this project was to help towards conservation of a turtles, to meet like minded people and to experience something that I have never done before! All of these things I feel that I have accomplished over my two weeks stay. My stay here has been full of surprises and challenges, which the staff and fellow volunteers here have helped me to enjoy. I will never forget my time here at the foundation and I will miss everyone that I have had the pleasure of meeting here!