Your team will stay at the Goldring-Gund Marine Biology Field Station, located in Playa Grande just behind the beach.
At the station, you’ll have access to a kitchen, dining area, and lounge/classroom area. You can also enjoy a number of amenities in your free time. The freshwater swimming pool at the station is open during the day, and the beach, only 25 meters away, provides a pleasant spot to relax during your time off. One hammock will also be setup to that hang at the station. We have a large library of paperback books. Many visitors also take walks through the local habitats to bird watch.
You may do laundry by hand in an outside washbasin, but keep in mind that things dry very slowly due to the humidity (especially in October–December). A laundry service can also be provided for a fee (typically about US$3–5 for a small bag of clothes).
From December–February, there is nominal rainfall in the local area. We experience water restrictions during this dry season and so we ask all volunteers to please conserve water whenever possible. This may include shorter showers and restrictions on washing clothes.
* Please note that not every expedition has couples’ or single's accommodations available. Please call or email Earthwatch to check for availability prior to reserving your space(s) on the team.
The station has three bedrooms for volunteers. When possible, people of the same gender will share these rooms or they will be used to accommodate couples. The number of volunteers per room will depend on the size of the team. Each room has bunk beds. Privacy in the house is limited and depends on the number of volunteers at the station.
* Earthwatch will honor each person’s assertion of gender identity, respectfully and without judgement. For both teen and adult teams, where logistics dictate single-sex accommodations or other facilities, participant placements will be made in accordance with the gender identity the participant specified on their Earthwatch Participant form and/or preferences indicated in discussions with Earthwatch.
The station has two bathrooms for volunteers, each of which has a toilet, hot water, and a spacious shower. Sinks and mirrors are located outside the toilet areas. Both bathrooms are unisex and shared by everyone.
You can charge digital cameras or other electronic equipment at the station, and it has air conditioning. Voltage is 120, 60 hertz, generally with flat two-pin plugs and some three-pronged plugs.
A wireless Internet connection is available. You may bring your own laptop, but we caution you to take responsibility for any expensive equipment you bring along.
Telephone Dialing Codes: When calling Costa Rica from an international phone, dial 00506 and then the number. When calling within Costa Rica from a domestic line, omit the 506 and dial the local number. When calling another country from Costa Rica, dial 00, followed by the other country’s country code (e.g., 1 for the U.S. and 44 for the U.K.) and the number. PLEASE NOTE that all landline phone numbers in Costa Rica are preceded by a 2, and all Costa Rican cell phone numbers are preceded by an 8 (following the country code 506 if necessary).
Check with your cell phone provider to obtain any carrier- specific dialing codes you may need; many providers have dialing procedures that differ from these directions.
FOOD AND WATER
We’ll eat breakfasts and dinners at Kike’s, a local restaurant about a quarter-mile away from the field station, but we typically will not have sit-down lunches. If you wish to make something to eat at lunchtime, some staples will be provided at the station. Volunteers on past expeditions have generally found that two meals per day are sufficient.
Local dishes tend to include meat and fish, and while vegetarian meals are usually available, the restaurant can’t offer much variety. Vegan meals can be more difficult to arrange, depending on what the restaurant has available. If you prefer several small meals or need snacks, you may wish to bring your own supply to supplement the menu.
The following are examples of foods you may find in the field. Variety depends on availability. We appreciate your flexibility.
- Breakfast: Fruit, pancakes, eggs, vegetables, toast, French toast, omelets, and rice and beans. Fresh fruit smoothies are also available.
- Lunch: You might want to bring your own snacks to eat between breakfast and dinner. Basic food items such as sandwich materials, fruit, cookies, crackers, and cereal will be available at the station.
- Dinner: Vegetables, rice, beans, salad, meat, poultry, fish, pizza
- Snacks: You may prepare your own sandwiches, cookies, crackers, cereal, biscuits, etc. (a small grocery store near the station sells food and bottles of water inexpensively).
- Beverages: Fruit juices, coffee, soft drinks, and water. The tap water is potable, and we encourage drinking tap water over bottled water to reduce plastic consumption and aid in our conservation mission. Please bring two water bottles that you can refill and carry with you in the field.
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Please alert Earthwatch to any special dietary requirements (e.g., diabetes, lactose intolerance, nut or other food allergies, vegetarian or vegan diets) as soon as possible, and note them in the space provided on your volunteer forms.