2019 Costa Rica 15 Day Service Adventure
|Travel Dates:|| June 26, 2019 -
July 10, 2019|
Deadline to Enroll: March 15
|Program Tuition:|| $3,590 - or - $3,411 with discount if paid in full|
Airfare not included in program tuition
Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.
Program Tuition: $3,590
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:
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.
Immerse yourself in the local language and culture by staying with a host family
Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle
Stay in quaint jungle bungalows
Take private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best surfers
Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems
Explore a cloud forest, guided by a local naturalist
Discover the gorgeous beaches and world-class national parks of the Pacific coast
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 26||USA - San Jose, Costa Rica||Today the group will travel from the USA to Costa Rica. Flights usually arrive in the evening. 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 Pacande|
|June 27||San Jose - Pura Suerte||After breakfast we will head to Pura Suerte, an ecological farm in the heart of the rain forest, about 4 hours south of the capital city. Upon arrival 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. Throughout the program, we'll have the opportunity to interact with community members in Spanish, participate in cultural exchanges, and explore Costa Rican culture.||Jungalows|
|June 28||Pura Suerte||After breakfast we will hike down to Nauyaca waterfall, one of the most beautiful in the entire country. We will spend the morning swimming and relaxing by the riverside and enjoy lunch at the waterfall. After returning to the farm, we will have free time before dinner.||Jungalows|
|June 29||Pura Suerte - Host Village||Today we will head to the host village to meet our host families. Upon arrival, students will tour the community and learn about our service project. Students will have dinner with their own individual host families this evening.||Host Family|
|June 30||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|
|July 1||Host Community||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.||Host Family|
|July 2||Host Community||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.||Host Family|
|July 3||Host Community||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.||Host Family|
|July 4||Host Community||Host Family|
|July 5||Host Community||Host Family|
|July 6||Host Community||Host Family|
|July 7||Host Community||Today we will finish our service project and celebrate with our new friends and family with a fiesta de despedida!||Host Family|
|July 8||Host Community - Manual Antonio||After breakfast and goodbyes, we willl head west to Manuel Antonio on the central Pacific coast. We will settle into our hotel before heading down to the beach where students can take surf lessons on a stretch of coastline that has a reputation for being great for beginners.||Hotel California|
|July 9||Manuel Antonio - 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 do some souvenir shopping. After lunch we willl make the drive back to San Jose for a farewell dinner before our international departure the following morning.||Hotel Pacande|
|July 10||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.
Located in Alajuela, Hotel Pacandé is the perfect place to start and end a Costa Rican adventure because of its warm family atmosphere and proximity to the airport. Cleanliness and service are the main qualities that differentiate Pacandé from typical hotels in the area.
Casual, relaxed and airy, nestled in the jungle with sweeping ocean views on three wooded acres. It is not uncommon to see monkeys, sloths, dart frogs, birds, iguanas and all type of local wildlife trek through on a daily basis. It is a little off the beaten path on a short dirt road off the main road to Manuel Antonio, but 5 minutes away from the beach and the city of Quepos.
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 thought all in all it was a great experience and wonderful program!! My daughter speaks about her experience daily. She had a ball!!
Parent of Jaylah, traveler on 2017 Program to 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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