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  • Locations: Camaronal, Costa Rica; S├ímara, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission 11/11/2018 08/12/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
GCP Points: 30
Program Description:


Costa Rica Sea Turtle

Information Session 

Register now to find out all the information on the Wildlife Conservation Global Environmental Placement programs offer in T3
Date: Thursday 26 April
Time: 9:30am - 11am


Global Environmental Placement - Costa Rica - Sea Turtle Conservation - January

Join a sea turtle conservation project far from urban centres and get in direct contact with these beautiful animals. This sea turtle conservation project is located in the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica, 15 km away from Samara Beach, Guanacaste Province. The territory is under the protection of the Tempisque Conservation Area (ACT) and is administered by MINAET (Government Environmental Dept.) officials supported by the local foundation.

The principal mission of the project is to conserve and protect sea turtles. Four of the seven species of sea turtles that exist in the world nest at this beach. These are the Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and the Black Turtle (Chelonia midas agassizii), which have all been declared endangered species.

Within the sea turtle conservation project, volunteers work under the guidance of site administrators in activities such as:

  1. Conservation and monitoring of sea turtles
  2. Construction and maintenance of structures related to the conservation of sea turtles
  3. The maintenance and daily operation of the facilities
  4. Construction and maintenance of trails

Required skills: This project is for people who love nature and desire to live within it with all its charms!
Exercise level: Medium to high
Relevant for: Adventurous and independent travellers who have travelled before and are confident with getting to their placement and getting their hands dirty
Project type: Hands-on, research focused environmental and animal welfare
Location: Samara, Costa Rica
Project activities: Construction of hatcheries, patrolling for nests, collecting eggs, tracking and information gathering, releasing hatched turtles, maintenance of the shelter and beach, community activities
Working hours: 5 hours during the day and 3 hours at night
Project duration: 4 weeks
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 - Professional Practice
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia

Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.

Compulsory content hours:

Information session: Thursday, 26 April 2018

Introductory briefing: Thursday, 26 July 2018

Half day compulsory unit class & pre-departure session: Monday, 1 October 2018 (Burwood) / Tuesday, 2 October 2018 (Waurn Ponds)

In-country component: 11 November - 8 December 2018

Application close: Friday, 25 May 2018



  • For enrolment in SLE225 Global Environmental Placement - A student from any Faculty who has an elective credit is eligible to apply for this program. Enrolment will be in T3 2017. Before starting this unit in T3 2017 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%.
  • For enrolment in SLE301 Professional Practice - Students must be enrolled in one of the courses S393, S394, S398, S382, S399. Enrolment will be in T1 2018. Before starting this unit in T1 2018 students must have completed at least 12 credit points of study.
  • Students in either unit must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement.

Cost and Funding

cost and funding
Cost: $2,999 AUD

$500 deposit due before:  Monday, 16 July 2018
Final payment due date: Friday, 31 August 2018
Program fee includes: 
  • Hostel accommodation in San Hose
  • Project accommodation in Samara in cottages
  • Meals including welcome and farewell dinners
  • Airport transfers in San Jose
  • Orientation in San Jose and onsite orientation
  • All project activities
  • 24-hour support from the onsite coordinator

The fee does not include:
  • Tuition fees
  • Flights
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Vaccinations Leisure activities
  • Spanish lessons (which can be arranged at extra cost with CIS Australia direct)

OS-HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $7,998.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help

WIL Financial Support
  • Who is eligible: domestic undergraduate students who come from low socio-economic status backgrounds to undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree
  • Amount: up to AU$2,500
  • Detail information, eligibility, and application: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full-time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy.

Location Profile

Location Profile

Set on a pristine coastline on the Pacific side of beautiful Costa Rica, the sea turtle hatchery and its facilities provide an exceptional setting in which you can make a significant contribution to the local endangered guests. Volunteers enjoy a fun, social setting with other like-minded volunteers, while living in a rugged, natural setting in an environmentally-protected area. You can expect an active and variable work environment, with hours split between day and night shifts, and tasks varying based on the turtle activity at the time. Be prepared to get your hands dirty, work odd hours, see some amazing sights and make a difference. Come with a decent level of fitness otherwise those beach patrols can take their toll!


Important Notes

Important Information
  • Places in this program are limited to 25 students in total. Selection will be based on those first to complete a full application.
  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
  • The OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
  • All students outside of Science, Engineering and Built Environment must seek permission from their home Faculty to enrol.
  • Students are reminded to apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available.
CIS Australia Cancellation Policy
  • Before deposit deadline: No cancellation fees apply
  • After deposit deadline: Loss of $500 deposit
  • After deposit deadline and before final payment: Loss of $500 deposit, along with any non-recoverable program fees are payable (i.e.: supplement accommodation deposits, transport, travel costs)
  • After final payment deadline: No refund of any program fees
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