Contiki Holidays Celebrates Earth Month with Youth Influencers in Bio-Diverse Costa Rica
Young travellers can enter to win a trip to Costa Rica and follow in the footsteps of
Contiki's 12 inspiring Storytellers
Toronto, ON / ACCESSWIRE / April 22, 2014 / Storytelling has the powerful ability to save the planet, and this Earth Month, original youth travel brand Contiki (contiki.com) invited 12 incredible social influencers, photographers and filmmakers from around the world to participate in an epic journey of conservation and adventure in bio-diverse Costa Rica. Working with The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) as part of the Contiki Cares ocean conservation program, the group of Storytellers also had the rare opportunity to travel alongside the earth's ultimate storyteller - Contiki's sustainability partner Celine Cousteau, a documentary filmmaker, environmental activist and granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau.
As the oldest sea turtle organization in the world, the Sea Turtle Conservancy has been instrumental in saving sea turtles from extinction through their extensive research in Central America and the Caribbean. Contiki's Storytellers took to Tortuguero Beach for two nights to assist in the tracking process of the turtles and were lucky enough to witness the incredible nesting process of two leatherback turtles.
Mirae Campbell from Vancouver, BC was chosen as one of three photo winners in a global contest held by Contiki and Matador Network (contikistorytellers.tumblr.com/) in February and joined Contiki's Storytellers and Celine Coutsteau.
"Working alongside the conservation team in Tortugeuro and being fortunate enough to see a leatherback turtle nest was the most surreal and extraordinary experience of my life, since I was so oblivious to how hard small groups of people work to conserve our coastlines and ocean wildlife," enthused Mirae.
After spending time with Celine Cousteau and observing her passion for the environment, Mirae left Costa Rica with a strong commitment to conservation initiatives in her own community and around the world.
For the remainder of Earth Month and up until May 30th, Contiki is now giving young travellers the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the Storytellers with a chance to win a spot on their Costa Rica Unplugged trip. One lucky winner will be able to weave their own story of conservation and adventure as they hike through the cloudforest in Monte Verde to spot monkeys and toucans, zipline above the treetops in Sarapiqui and refresh themselves with a picturesque swim at the secluded La Fortuna waterfall. Head to contiki.com/storytellers and view this video for details on how to enter to win.
For more information on Contiki Care's sustainability efforts and exciting new projects, please visit contiki.com/contikicares.
About Contiki Holidays
Contiki is the world leader in youth travel experiences, a brand that is all about discovery, epic moments and making every second count. Our journeys unlock the local way of life in each and every destination we visit, and with over 300 trips in more than 50 countries, we see every day as the start of a new adventure.
Contiki is a part of a joint initiative with The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands and in the places we visit. To date, TreadRight has donated more than US$2 million to sustainable tourism projects around the world. To find out more about our work with TreadRight visit: www.treadright.org
Marie Anne MacRae
Director of Public Relations
Contiki Holidays Canada
PR & Digital Media Specialist
Contiki Holidays Canada
416-322-8468 ext. 7297
SOURCE: Contiki Holidays