Manuel Antonio National Park


Now it’s my turn to complain about the cold weather! OK, perhaps it’s not as cold as Freiburg at the moment, but it’s colder than I expected it to be in Greece. So to bring back a few warm (or perhaps I should say hot and humid) memories, I’ve decided to write about Costa Rica […]

Football in Costa Rica

Angry Fan

Football is everything in this country: men play it, women play it, children play it and pretty much everyone watches it. Even the tiniest of villages has a football pitch – it seems people here just can’t live without it. When I was offered the chance to watch a professional game I naturally jumped at […]

Collecting rubbish to prevent dengue fever

Collecting Rubbish

As part of a campaign to prevent the spread of dengue fever, I joined staff from Arenas del Mar to help in a two-day clear up of the nearby village La Inmaculada. The aim was to collect any old washing machines, buckets, sinks and other containers which can collect rainwater and provide the perfect place for the […]

Whiteboards, recycling bins and a lot of smiling faces…

Local school

The local schools in the Manuel Antonio area often have very limited resources. This naturally limits the pupils´ ability to learn effectively. In an effort to improve this situation, and increase awareness about separating waste and recycling, Arenas del Mar donated whiteboards, pens, recycling bins and a whole lot more to the Colinas del Este […]



One of the major perks of my internship at Arenas del Mar was to test some of the trips offered by local providers. It’s a good way of ensuring that guests know what to expect and won’t be disappointed when they go on the trips themselves. Just before leaving Manuel Antonio, I had the chance to […]

Early morning at the beach


Once a month a group of staff from Arenas del Mar heads to the beach early in the morning. But they’re not there to surf, swim or simply take in take the amazing scenery. Instead, their task is to collect as much litter as possible, starting at the south end of Espadilla beach (which the […]

A day at the dump


Every year thousands of people spend their holidays in the Manuel Antonio area – they take back amazing memories, but sadly they don’t take back their rubbish. It’s a huge challenge to dispose of the waste they create in a way that will not harm the fragile surrounding ecosystems. Given the limited infrastructure and funding, […]

Arriving in Costa Rica

Baby possum

The weeks of waiting impatiently for my trip to Costa Rica had finally come to an end. I was really excited about the prospect of learning by doing after hearing so much about the country at the ESTC back in September 2011. After a long flight over I was glad to get some rest in […]