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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:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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
Program Description:
Costa Rica Sea Turtle

Global Environmental Placement - Costa Rica - Sea Turtle Conservation

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 at 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 

Program details

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
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia
Dates: 7 January - 3 February 2018

Cost: $2,999 AUD
Deposit : $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 1 August 2017 / Final payment due date: 15 September 2017)
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) 

Information Session 

Video recording | Powerpoint presentation


A student from any Faculty who has an elective credit is eligible to apply for this program. Enrolment will be in SLE225 Global Environmental Placement in T3 2016. Before starting this unit in T3 2016 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%. Students must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement. 

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

Funding options 

OS-Help Loans
  • Who is eligible: domestic UG students 
  • Amount: up to AU$6,567
  • Purpose: to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodations.
  • Detail information and eligibility: OS-Help website
WIL Financial Support (Funding for 2017 has been fully allocated)
  • 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 and eligibility: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website

Important to note:  

  • Places in this program are limited to 20 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 on any program fees  

International Placements can earn you 40 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.