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During our time volunteering in Costa Rica during January 2012, film-maker Keira Austin followed us, documenting our conservation efforts. We joined a project organized through International Student Volunteers, which allowed us to take part in animal welfare projects in Costa Rica.

The first half highlights how the research obtained from our volunteer work has helped maintain a key habitat for dolphins and whales in the area of Golfo Dulce. This research was used to discontinue the establishment of a tuna farm in the bay of that is commonly used as a breeding ground for these marine creatures.

The second half follows as we help biologists collect research data for Poison Dart frogs, dolphins and whales in the Golfo Dulce region. This data was then obtained by the Costa Rican Government to help provide sustainable systems for conservation of wildlife in the area.


  1. I’ve read a lot about volunteering in Costa Rica already. Seems like it’s really a place that values its nature. Like it should!

    • Huge emphasis is placed on the environment throughout the country – Costa Rica has absolutely amazing nature – I can’t wait to get back to the country!

  2. I would love to be involved in working with animals like this!

    • There are phenomenal projects out there – you could probably even take the kids when they get older!

  3. Looking forward to the video blog of surfing. Pura vida!

    • Coming soon lol I did manage to stand … even if it was only for a few seconds :D! Pura Vida!

  4. Hey Megan I found the surf video on YouTube. Awesome work. Anyway you could email me the full footage?

    • Hey Nicole – awesome, glad you found it! Shoot me an email to and I’ll see if I can get the video file to you; it’s a pretty large file so I’m not sure if it will go through email but I can maybe reduce the quality.

      Shoot me an email and let me know what you would be using it for :)

  5. Thanks for sharing the video – there are some wonderful conservation efforts going on in Costa Rica. Great example for others. Happy Travels.

    • Thanks Jennifer – I am so glad you enjoyed the video; there are some fantastic opportunities to become involved with conservation efforts throughout Costa Rica, and the country is truly doing a phenomenal job at paving the way for eco tourism.

      Wishing you a Merry Christmas – happy holidays!

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