Plastic Cleanup Expeditions

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Coordinator | Geronimo
Coordinator | Geronimo
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High­lights

Expedition and Adventure clean ups, on our New Expedition Plastic Retrieval Truck.
Island and coastal clean ups, Snorkeling with turtles and dolphin Sightings
Build actual Artificial Reefs & Scuba Diving certification available to participate on our Coral Gardening Project
Participate and learn with our Turtle protection Program!
During your stay on our Volunteer Camp you will be surrounded by nature and you will enjoy all the facilities inside a beautiful Beach Resort!
Join our coastal clean up expeditions around our beautiful country! Be part of our regenerative programs building artificial reefs, planting trees, releasing turtles. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Hello! We are MareBlu an Environmental Conservation Organization, based in Costa Rica, founded 4 years ago by our director and activist Geronimo Ciuti Z.

Our main goal is to make the oceans, rivers, and coastlines plastic free primarily through our coastal cleanup expeditions.  We also have an approach through regenerative programs that are possible thanks to our international volunteer program. We have had volunteers from more than 30 countries around the world participating in our projects. We also receive sponsorship from Companies and  NGO's that believe change is a priority for our planet.  

MareBlu’s Volunteer Camp is located inside Punta Leona Resort, which is an hour’s drive from San Jose International Airport, our camp has sleeping quarters for 12 volunteers at a time and serve all meals. Punta Leona is surrounded by natural beauty and in the heart of the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. This location allows us to be close to many beaches, that desperately need our help. Plastic Pollution from our main rivers coming from San Jose combined with poor commercial fishing practices and local tourism, are the major sources of contamination on the coastlines.

This Program is very important for the environment because we are a 24/7 (full time) organization that cleans the coastlines from tons of plastic each month. Besides our coastal cleanup expeditions we also run Environmental & Regenerative Projects such as artificial reefs, coral gardening and turtle protection program.

We believe in helping the poor communities, empower themselves and guiding them on how to collect plastic debris on the coastlines and making an income for themselves and their families. We are working on developing products that contain plastics that otherwise would end up in landfill and converting them on products that could be sold throughout the community. That way a conscious awareness can start to develop in this communities and for them to realize there is a way to earn income through the plastic contamination, helping themselves, the community and the environment.

As part as our environmental involvement, besides the beach and coastal cleaning expeditions, we constantly  search for innovative beneficial projects for ocean conservation:

"MX1 Expedition Truck"

One of our newest Mareblu projects is the MX1, the first Plastic Recovery Expedition vehicle in Costa Rica, set out to work hard on difficult to reach beaches and coastlines. This rugged Isuzu NPS truck is going to take our crew on amazing experiences through Costa Rica, on our mission to clean our coastlines from plastic pollution and having an awesome time doing it. It is fitted with roof racks and a trailer to haul the plastic back to our headquarters and our up-cycling facility. 

"Artificial Reefs"

On 2019, Punta Leona Resort  and Club requested MareBlu to initiate the development, design and construction of the artificial reef project. These structures duplicate spheres, which in time will promote and enhance marine life on the Playa Blanca marine reserve. This project consists of approximately 200 artificial reef structures will go through 2021 to 2025.

"Turtle Protection Program"

The turtle hatchery project, is the next chapter in conservation for Mareblu. It will be established at the end of 2021 and beginning of 2022. Several studies indicate that these beaches are getting a growing number of turtle nests per year, but the beach does not have the ideal characteristics for them to hatch properly. The turtle nesting hatchery will increase the number of successful nests to promote marine life recovery.

"Upcycling Center"

Our upcoming upcycling center will be one of a kind facility on the central pacific of Costa Rica. We do not believe in retrieving plastic pollution from the environment and sending it to the Municipal Land fill. It is with that in mind, that we are creating the Upcycling center. First to motivate recycling in the area, and second but most important to create products from plastics we retrieve from the ocean, directly in our facility.

"Fishing Plastic"

Through one of our Initiatives called "Fishing Plastic" we can do an effective partnership, and ensure sustainable results necessary for the ecosystems and the people in the area. By sponsoring activities like this you are helping not only to recover tons of plastic and other materials from our coastlines to be upcycled but also giving families the opportunity to have a job and bring food to their households.

Volunteers first and foremost are the engine of our organization, with their enthusiasm and love for the environment they help us daily to achieve our goal of significantly reducing plastic pollution on our coastlines and therefore the ocean. Through our vacations with a purpose approach they get to help the environment and have an amazing time doing it while we discover Costa Rica's nature and beauty.

As an Organization we would expect volunteers to have a positive attitude towards the program and the activities they are about to experience. Respect, team work and a sense of responsibility are always welcome from the volunteers. Either on the clean up Expeditions or an extracurricular activity having fun, getting out of the comfort zone and getting to know themselves is always an opportunity to grow and learn.  

We expect volunteers to be neat and clean on their personal space as well as on common or shared areas.

We offer the volunteers a safe environment and experience. We make them conscious about the problems the world faces today regarding nature and climate change. We want them to have an amazing experience but also working hard to make a difference. We engrain in them important values of responsibility, hard work and embracing and appreciating nature while getting to know Costa Rica on an experience of a lifetime.

During the stay and for the activities, the volunteers should use exercise clothing, tennis shoes, hiking boots or water shoes depends on the place. It is very important to bring reusable water bottle or camelback, an small backpack for cleanups, water bag for the phone, masks, sun block (coral safe), bug repellent (coral safe) and of course swim wear and towel.

Here at the Camp we lend the T-shirt and the Cap for the working hours.

*** We have 2 supermarkets available in the resort area so if you forget / loose an item, it can be purchase.

Typical day

Volunteer schedule and Work description:

Schedules

Volunteer work schedules varies from Monday to Saturday (Sundays are OFF).  Typically the morning work hours began at 7am.  We generally conclude our work day around 1pm.  The work hours will depend on the weather, the tides and the activity…. BE FLEXIBLE!!!!

Work description

During your stay at MareBlu; we will lend you a uniform (t-shirt & a cap), you will participate in not only beach cleanups, but also in the recycling process, community & social projects, camp cleanups (washing our equipment, painting and/or maintenance chores), planting trees, watching documentaries, releasing turtles, building artificial reefs just to name a few. 

Since Mareblu has an alliance with the Resort and Club Punta Leona, we are also involved in several ecological projects implemented by the environmental office. Some of these projects include a butterfly farm, an aquaponic garden, a Macaw reproduction program. We are also in charge of some of the trail clean ups and tree planting days.

Free-time activities

Since the Camp is inside the resort that consists of thousands of acres of pristine lush rainforest. Volunteers will feel secure exploring the premises and enjoying all the activities the resort has to offer. Several swimming pools, hot tubs and restaurants are within walking distance from the MareBlu Camp, as well as many amazing mountain trails to walk and explore.

 In your spare time, you can enjoy many free activities such as those listed below:

  • Snorkeling
  • Bird watching tours
  • Trails and hiking
  • Limoncito waterfall
  • Kayaking (*)
  • Paddle boarding (*)
  • Beach volleybol
  • Mini golf (*)
  • Beach soccer
  • Water polo
  • Dancing lessons
  • Yoga
  • Tennis courts (*)
  • Table games
  • Fuzzball tables
  • Ping pong

(*) Activities may involve a cost depending on the season.

Some of the alliances with MareBlu in the area (out of the resort) allow us to offer heavy discounted activities (up to 70% discount) for the volunteers after the cleanup expeditions.  These activities are the following:

  • Canopy // Zip line
  • Crocodile & Bird Watching tour (by boat)
  • Marino Ballena National Park & Waterfall 
  • Bijagual Waterfall
  • Turtle Release (from July to January)
  • Nicoya Gulf Island Expedition Clean up (by boat) & Marine Park
  • Scuba Diving One Day Course (Discovery)
  • PADI Certification (2 days)
  • Tortuga Island Day Tour (by boat)
  • Paddleboard Sunset Tour
  • ATV // Quad (up to 2pax)
  • Side by Side tour (up to 4 pax)
  • Animal Rescue Center
  • Horse Back Riding Tour
  • Aerial Tram & Chair swing 

*** A fuel surcharge may apply in some cases*** 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Sports
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Any set of skills are welcome!! Young generations willing to save our environment. Future Climate change activists. Any climate change studies are a great addition to the project. Climate or environmental sciences studies are also welcome! Ocean lovers!!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 07:00 - 13:00

What's Included

Services by MareBlu

The daily fee includes lodging, 3 meals, snacks for the activities and all the amenities of the resort where the Camp is located.


*** Please remember that if you could come just for 1 week or more than 6 weeks for special reasons, we can do the reservation, we will be glad to have you here if we have space!

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport
We can arrange your airport pick up! We are an hour and a half from the airport and depends on the time that your flight is, for your safety 

we suggest that!


The transportation back to the airport is not included because some volunteers decide to travel by themselves around the country but in case you require that service we can help figure it out.

Accommodation
Our Camp has sleeping quarters for 12 volunteers at a time. The accomodation is shared with other volunteers in our dorm style.

We have 3 rooms at the MareBlu Camp, one room with bunk beds for 6 volunteers, for 4 and for 2 volunteers. 

*** In case of a group reservation, we can coordinate a bungalow next to ours. 



Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
At the Camp you will have all the meals (typical food from Costa Rica), juices and water (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with or without meat.  In case we are on an expedition, we will serve snacks & lunch out on the water or on the beach. 
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Arriving to the Camp

Ideally programs start the first Monday of each month (in case you need it, you could come for only 1 week or more than 6 weeks but you should ask before for space availability)

Volunteers can arrive to the Camp from Monday to Saturday during afternoon hours of 1pm-6pm, except Sundays.  If you decide to come by bus from San Jose, you can ask the driver to stop at Punta Leona bus stop or we can pick you up!

Please check availability before the reservation!!

** We will be close from December 24th, 2021 to January 9th, 2022**

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$350
2 weeks
$700
3 weeks
$945
4 weeks
$1,260
5 weeks
$1,400
6 weeks (max. stay)
$1,680
Average fees
$315 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. MareBlu will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with MareBlu during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Plastic Cleanup Expeditions

Join our coastal clean up expeditions around our beautiful country! Be part of our regenerative programs building artificial reefs, planting trees, releasing turtles.

$315/week

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