2019 Costa Rica 10 Day Surf and Service Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 Costa Rica 10 Day Surf and Service Program! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead.

Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!

Travel Dates: August 1, 2019 - August 10, 2019
Deadline to Enroll: March 15
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Program Tuition: $3,390 - or - $3,221 with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $700

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Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.

Program Tuition: $3,390

Pay in Full

Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a 5% discount off your program tuition! Your program tuition with this discount would be:


Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment, then we set up an automatic monthly payment plan. If you apply today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:


* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Director upon enrollment.

Costa Rica Surf and Service

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

Service Adventures

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.

Program Highlights

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

Take private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best surfers

Practice your Spanish language skills with locals

Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems

Contribute towards an environmental service project

The Itinerary

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. 

August 1USA - San JoséToday the group will travel from the USA to Costa Rica. Upon arrival, the group will settle into their hotel in San José for the evening.Casa Maki
August 2San José - UvitaAfter a good night of rest, we'll have our first taste of Costa Rican food for breakfast. Then, we'll have our big orientation meeting to discuss the upcoming days in detail. We'll then pack our bags and head down to the beautiful Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. We'll settle into our beach hotel, watch the sunset on the beach, and have dinner at the hotel. Located a short walk from "Marino Ballena" National Park, the hotel will be our surf base for the next week. We'll be learning everything there is to know about surfing with our local friends.El Tecal
August 3Uvita - Bahia BallenaToday we will be starting our service project in the morning. We will be working together with the Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and the local community to organize a project that will benefit both the park and the local community. Within the national park, students may work on reforestation efforts or trail maintenance. In the local community, we may work with the local school or community center. After our first morning of work, we will have our first surf lesson this afternoon. Never surfed before? No problem! Lessons will be tailored based on each student's surfing level. Tonight we'll have our first guest speaker who will give us a lecture on local and national wildlife conservation efforts. Our guest will show us the kind of research he/she conducts at the reserve with mammals such as monkeys, river otters, and kinkajous, and sloths. We'll take some time to reflect on our days before heading to bed.El Tecal
August 4Uvita - Bahia BallenaToday we'll surf in the morning, and then continue working on our service project in the afternoon. In the evening, we will talk about the sport of surf in a global context learning about global competitions and how surfing varies around the world.El Tecal
August 5Uvita - Bahia BallenaToday we will be doing service work in the morning, and then surfing in the afternoon. By evening, we will enjoy the sunset on the beach and take a private yoga class before dinner. Tonight we'll have our second guest speaker from Reserva Playa Tortuga who will introduce us to their environmental education campaigns the reserve conducts yearlong with local schools.El Tecal
August 6Uvita - Bahia BallenaAfter breakfast, we'll hike thorugh the forest to a nearby waterfall. In the afternoon. We will be able to relax, take a swim and eat lunch at the waterfall. This afternoon, we'll continue our service work in the community. Tonight we'll have our third guest speaker who will speak about sustainable development , and how tourism effects the local environment and economy in both positive and negative ways.El Tecal
August 7Uvita - Bahia BallenaToday we'll wake up at sunrise and meet our local friends for an early morning surf session . In the afternoon, we'll have a relaxing day at the beach or on the pool of the hotel. We will also have a private Spanish lesson tonight combined with a scavenger hunt in town to put our language skills to use.El Tecal
August 8Uvita - Bahia BallenaToday we'll be kayaking at the National Park to visit the famous whale-tail rock formation at the far end of the beach. During low tide, a natural rock formation which looks like a giant whale tail becomes visible. It's one of just a handful of places in the world where such a phenomenon occurs. Once in there, we'll also have a chance to snorkel in the beautiful Pacific waters around us. In the afternoon we'll finish our service work in time for a farewell fiesta with our surf instructors and members of the community.El Tecal
August 9Uvita - San JoséToday we say good-bye to all of our local friends and make our way along the coast back to San José. In the evening we'll have a farewell dinner before our international departure the following morning.Casa Maki
August 10San José - USAFly home.Home


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.

Travelers will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their Walking Tree group. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.
Hotel Casa Kiki

Casa Kiki a small family-operated Bed and Breakfast located 5 minutes away from Juan Santamaría International Airport in Downtown Alajuela. Its close to restaurants, shops and city attractions. Dorms and rooms are available, all have ceiling fans and spacious closets.

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.

Safety and Support


During our trip in Costa Rica I loved that our trip leader took the students’ ideas and incorporated side adventures just for them. This small piece made the trip more than we could have ever asked for.

Alumni Group Organizer to Belize and Costa Rica

Your Adventure Includes

Group Airfare Not Included

In order to give our travelers the flexibility for choosing the best itinerary and payment (cash vs mileage, vs rewards) for their particular situation, we do not include airfare in our program tuitions. Please visit this link for more details. 

Program Tuition Excludes: Airfare to destination country, 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!


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