** 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.
Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments
Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
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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:
Conservation and monitoring of sea turtles
Construction and maintenance of structures related to the conservation of sea turtles
The maintenance and daily operation of the facilities
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: 6 January - 2 February 2019
Application close: Friday, 13 July 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 2018. Before starting this unit in T3 2018 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study.
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 2019. Before starting this unit in T1 2019 students must have completed at least 12 credit points of study.
$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:
Visa and passport fees
Vaccinations Leisure activities
Spanish lessons (which can be arranged at extra cost with CIS Australia direct)
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
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.
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!
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