2019 Cleveland High Costa Rica Osa Conservation Expedition
|Travel Dates:||June 18, 2019 - June 27, 2019|
|Program Tuition:|| $1,890 USD|
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Interested travelers need to enroll by February 28th.|
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Program Tuition: $1,890
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Costa Rica Conservation Expedition: Osa Peninsula
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!
Conservation Expeditions invite students to participate in scientific research projects, learn about diverse ecosystems, and lend a hand in community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.
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.
Take private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best surfers
Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers
Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems
Assist with research efforts at the Playa Tortuga Research Station
Assist with surveys of marine and terrestrial wildlife
Clean up marine debris to ensure an unspoiled nesting habitat for sea turtles
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 18||North Carolina, USA - San Jose, Costa Rica||Today the group will travel from North Carolina to San Jose, Costa Rica. After arrival, the group will settle into their hotel, grab dinner and find time for an orientation meeting.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|June 19||San Jose - Uvita||After breakfast we will have some latin dance lessons and then depart south to Manuel Antonio National Park on the central Pacific coast. We will spend the afternoon enjoying the trails and beach. After we will head to Uvita. Dinner will be at the hotel and in the evening students can relax in the pool.||El Tecal|
|June 20||Osa||After breakfast we will be having private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best surfers. Never surfed before? No problem! The waves at Uvita are perfect for beginners and almost everyone is able to stand up. After lunch we will depart for Reserva Playa Tortuga. Upon arrival we will tour the Reserva for an introduction to the bountiful flora and fauna in the area. Here we will settle in and meet the researchers with whom we'll be spending the next few days. Night crcodile watch today!||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|June 21||Osa||After breakfast we'll take a hike through the surrounding tropical rainforest in the morning to get our bearings on the local ecosystems in the Osa. We'll then receive an orientation for the research we'll be conducting -- surveys of mammals and reptiles. We'll take a break for lunch and continue to conduct these surveys in the afternoon, in addition to receiving a lecture on local and national wildlife conservation efforts. The next few days will consist of us working with researches on a variety of research projects.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|June 22||Osa||Today, we'll pay a visit to the local community, where Reserva La Tortuga conducts yearlong environmental education campaigns with local schools. In the afternoon we will visit a waterfall and have some down time to break from the heat.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|June 23||Osa||Continue field research. Evening activities will vary.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|June 24||Manuel Antonio||After breakfast we'll say goodbye to our friends at Reserva Playa Tortuga. We'll head north to Manuel Antonio National on the central Pacific coast. We will spend the afternoon souvenir shopping and enjoying the sunset!||Villas Mimosa|
|June 25||San Jose||Today we'll end the trip with a splash as we whitewater raft down the Savegre River! After lunch we'll make the drive back to San Jose for a farewell dinner ahead of our international departure the following morning.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|June 26||San Jose - Flying||We'll have a relaxing morning before making our way to the airport for our flight home in the early afternoon. Hasta luego!||Airplane|
|June 27||Home||Arrive home just after midnight on June 27th.||Your own bed, eventually!|
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.
Hotel Casa Cielo Grande
Casa Cielo Grande is a beautiful property ideally located twenty minutes away from the airport. Close yet high in the mountains, the views of the Central Valley are great and the pool is stunning. Perfect for groups, the house offers clean and fresh rooms that will make you feel at home as soon as you land in Costa Rica.
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.
Reserva Playa Tortuga
Rustic dorm style lodging with separate dorms for boys and girls, shared bathrooms, and no electricity or hot water. The basic accommodations at Reserva Playa Tortuga aline with their commitment to environmental conservation and serve as the base of operations for turtle conservation work in the area.
Hotel Villas Mymosa is a modern 10 room condo hotel located in the tranquil setting of beautiful Manuel Antonio. Our spacious rooms are fully equipped to provide you with all the amenities of your own home. Each Villas Mymosa villa has a private terrace or balcony or both. You have the option of peace and quiet at your villa or interacting with other guests around our beautiful large centrally located pool.
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I was comfortable that the trip my daughter was on was safe, educational, interesting and fun. She made life long friends with her host sister. An exceptional life learning experience.
Parent of Alicia, Traveler on 2018 Program to Chile
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.
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