2019 Antietam Costa Rica Service Adventure
|Travel Dates:||June 10, 2019 - June 20, 2019|
|Program Tuition:|| $1,990 USD - or - $1,891 USD with discount if paid in full|
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Submit a deposit and complete an Enroll Now secure your spot on the adventure! Use the promo code 'antietam' by 9/30 for $100 off!|
Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.
Program Tuition: $1,990
Pay in Full
All prices in United States Dollars.
Costa Rica Service Adventure
From white sand beaches to misty cloud forests, from towering volcanoes to beautiful rivers that cut through tropical canyons, and to hospitable, friendly communities, Costa Rica has it all. Having abolished its military over 50 years ago, this tiny democratic republic has long been known for its pacifism, commitment to environmental protection, and its status as a destination for those seeking safe yet exciting adventure travel set against breathtaking scenery. However, despite an extensive tourism industry, in many parts of Costa Rica there remains a need for help and service. Our programs offer unique access to Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets and friendliest communities. We are confident you will love the land of Pura Vida as much as we do!
Service Adventures combine local homestays, adventure travel, and meaningful service projects. Students will be truly immersed in our host communities allowing them the time to reflect on their complex and important role as global citizens.
Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.
Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle
Stay in quaint jungle bungalows
Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems
Fully immerse yourself in a homestay family and community
We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible.
|June 10||USA - San José||Today the group will travel from the USA to Costa Rica. After arrival, the group will settle into their hotel for the evening and have an orientation meeting where the group will discuss the upcoming trip in detail.||Hotel Rosa de América|
|June 11||San Jose - Pura Suerte||After breakfast we will head for Pura Suerte, an ecological farm in the heart of the rain forest, about 4 hours south of the capital city. We will tour the farm for an introduction to the bountiful flora and fauna in the area, visit a nearby coffee plantation, and enjoy a delicious dinner made from ingredients sourced directly from the forest.||Jungalows|
|June 12||Pura Suerte & Host Village||After breakfast we will hike down to the Nauyaca waterfall , one of the most beautiful in the entire country. We will spend the morning swimming, relaxing, and enjoying lunch at the waterfall. In the late afternoon, we will head to the host village to meet our host families. Students will have dinner with their host families this evening.||Host Family|
|June 13||Host Community||Our days in the village will consist mainly of working on our community service project. Lunch will be either be on-site or at home with families. In the afternoons and evenings, activities are flexible and will vary, but may include time with host families, excursions around the village, or activities with the local community.||Host Family|
|June 14||Host Community||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.||Host Family|
|June 15||Host Community||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.||Host Family|
|June 16||Host Community||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.||Host Family|
|June 17||Host Community||Today we will finish our service project and celebrate with our new friends and family with a fiesta de despedida!||Host Family|
|June 18||Host Community - Uvita||Today we'll spend the day at the stunning "Parque Nacional Marino Ballena", famous for its rock formation that looks like a whale tale. Besides hosting diverse wildlife, this National Park is known for their whales visiting year after year. Arriving at the park, we'll be meeting our friends from Uvita 360, who will teach us how to surf with private lessons on the gorgeous beach! After, we'll head back to the lodge and relax for the rest of the day||El Tecal|
|June 19||Uvita - San Jose||Today we will explore Manuel Antonio National Park which bursts with wildlife. Inside we will find idyllic beaches and winding trails that lead through dense jungle. Students can relax, swim and explore local artisan markets. After lunch we will make the drive back to San Jose for a farewell dinner before our international departure the following morning.||Hotel Rosa de América|
|June 20||San Jose - USA||After breakfast, we will head to the airport for a morning departure back to the USA.||Your own bed|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our travelers, teachers, staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors, we follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.
Finca Pura Suerte
Situated high on the hills overlooking the Pacific coast, the open-air cabins of Pura Suerte are the ideal accommodation for exploring the surrounding farm, primary forest, and countless waterways. This comfortable setting is a center where ideas can be exchanged and practiced to promote sustainable living.
Camping y Cabinas El Tecal
A locally owned and operated three star hotel close to playa Uvita in the Marino Ballena National Park. Off the beaten path, the hotel comes with modern amenities, a private pool, and great service. It’s the perfect place to relax away from the crowds.
Rosa de America
A beautiful and affordable boutique hotel near the airport. A hotel with updated rooms, fresh towels and linens, land lush gardens.
Staying with a host family allows our travelers to truly immerse themselves in the culture of their destination, and to build lasting friendships with local people in the host community.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
I was very concerned about my daughter who has a peanut allergy travelling to a foreign country for the first time without us. Walking Tree was very sensitive to my concerns and reassured me that this is something they could handle and they did! I would send her again in a heartbeat. Thank you Walking Tree.
Parent of Emilie, traveler on 2018 Service Program to Costa Rica
Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.
Our travelers are provided with fundraising opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling bird-friendly, fair trade coffee from our host countries. There is no limit to the amount you can raise, so get started now by selling coffee or referring your friends to earn credit toward your program!
Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.