Family Sabbatical: Volunteering with kids in Costa Rica (Reserva Playa Tortuga)

a washed-up shoe, a Croc, aloft. We were joining the monthly beach clean on Playa Tortuga in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica. The beach sits between two river estuaries, perfect crocodile conditions. A part of me was relieved he’d merely picked up a discarded, plastic shoe; but there was a small part of me that was disappointed not to see one of these majestic reptiles. This is what volunteering with kids in Costa Rica looks like.

A Family Sabbatical Planning Diary

As a family we set an intention to take the kids on a life-expanding experience. This journey may open up different avenues for them and perhaps affect their future choices as global citizens. You can read our planning story here, including early route ideas. You’ll see the contrast of the building excitement to dealing with the setbacks we faced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. As we ready ourselves to leave on 7 April 2021 we hope you’ll join us on our journey and follow along.