Tamarindo Surf school/Surf Camp works with your school or organization to create a custom program that meets your needs including surfing, group activities, volunteer service hour credits, and travel dates.
Our surf camps can be part of your Costa Rican adventure or we can plan activities for your entire stay.
Why not combine the excitement and fun of learning how to surf with community service?
Our community service project goals
Provide a meaningful project, one that is important to the local community and gives volunteers a real sense of satisfaction and contribution.
Joint participation by local community and group volunteers to provide the opportunity for a cultural exchange.
Provide an opportunity for volunteers to enhance their Spanish skills and for Costa Rican people to learn English.
Our service projects:
We organize and administer service projects in the local Guanacaste communities.
For all projects, volunteers interact with the Costa Rican people of Guanacaste, share ideas, learn about customs, and experience their genuinely friendly nature.
Some of the projects we have completed:
- Paint local elementary school together with kids from the school
- Plant trees and shrubs at elementary school
- English language instruction to local elementary school children
- Repair community center
- Repair and paint soccer field goal posts
- Purchase and paint garbage and recycle bins with environmental theme
Las Baulas Marine National park is located in Guanacaste, in the Santa Cruz canton and it was created in 1991. The Wildlife refuge has an area of 500 hectares and the national park 112 hectares.
This park is highly important because it is the nesting site of the Leatherback Turtle. These turtles weigh up to 500 kilograms and they are over 2 meters long. The Nesting season goes from September to March. This species is in tremendous danger of extinction and needs protection this is why the Las Baulas Marine National Park was created.
Surrounded by 445 hectares of mangrove forests and rugged coastlines, the Las Baulas National Marine Park has four beaches, Playa Grande, Playa Langosta, Playa Avellanas and Playa Carbón.
Besides being the nesting site of thousands of leatherback turtles, the Las Baulas Marine Park protects 174 species of birds and a number of animals living in the estuary. Home of the white ibis, heron cattle and the blue wing teal duck, also protects capuchin monkeys, raccoons, crocodiles, and gray squirrels.
In the area there is quite abundant flora, mangrove trees are greatly common and for instance monkeys and crocodiles can be observed in the park area. The park is the ideal place for hiking and after that sunbathing and relaxing at the lovely Playa Grande.
Sea turtles are ancient ocean dwellers that have lived on the Earth for 150 million years, since before the time of the dinosaurs. There are seven species of sea turtles: Green, Kemp’s ridley, Olive ridley, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Flatback and Loggerhead.
Now, all seven species of sea turtles are either critically endangered or threatened. Astonishingly, the population of leatherbacks has declined by 95% over just the past 25 years.
Sea Turtle Restoration Project • PO Box 370 • Forest Knolls, CA 94933, USA
Phone: +1 415 663 8590 • Fax: +1 415 663 9534 •
Major threats to the survival of sea turtles are:
- Large-scale poaching of adult turtles and turtle eggs
- Drowning in shrimp nets and being dragged by longline hooks set by tuna and swordfish fisherman
- Development and destruction of nesting beaches
- Pollution and plastic debris in the ocean
- Climate change causing rising sea levels that impact nesting beaches. Warming ocean temperatures are also likely to negatively impact the food resources for sea turtles and virtually all marine species.
Scientists predict that the giant Pacific leatherback sea turtle, which has survived unchanged for over 100 million years, could vanish in the next 5 to 30 years if current threats from wasteful industrial fishing are not curtailed.