2019 DCI Costa Rica Service Adventure
|Travel Dates:||July 22, 2019 - August 2, 2019|
|Deadline(s):||Enrollment deadline is January 11th|
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 featured experiences of your program!
Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle
Spend the night in charming bungalows nestled in rain forest
Take private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best instructors
Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems
Fully immerse yourself in a homestay family and community
Explore a cloud forest, guided by a local naturalist
Discover the gorgeous beaches and world-class national parks on the Pacific coast
We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|July 22||USA & San José||Today the whole group will travel from the USA to Costa Rica, arriving around noon. After arrival, the group will grab some lunch and then head for a professional latin dance class where we'll learn the basic steps of salsa, merengue and cumbia. In the evening we'll settle in the hotel and hold an orientation meeting where the group will discuss the upcoming trip in detail.||Hotel Rosa de America
|July 23||1 San Jose & Pura Suerte|
2 San Jose, Manuel Antonio & Uvita
|After breakfast Team 1 will depart for Pura Suerte, an ecological farm in the heart of the rain forest, about four hours' drive south of the capital city. We will tour Pura Suerte's organic 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 and nearby farms. |
Team 2 will head to Uvita, in the Central Pacific coast. Before, the group will viit Manuel Antonio National Park and enjoy the fauna and flora found along the trails.
Throughout the program, we'll have the opportunity to interact with community members in Spanish, participate in cultural exchanges, and explore Costa Rican culture.
|July 24||1 Pura Suerte|
|After breakfast Team 1 will hike down to the 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 before returning to the farm for some free time before dinner.|
Team 2 will take surf lessons in the morning and give a hand while doing a clean up before enjoying the sunset.
|July 25||1 Pura Suerte & Herradura |
2 Uvita & San Gerardo
|Today we will head to the host communities 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 Families|
|July 26||Host Community||Each day in our host community will include a full day of work at our community service project. Lunch will be either be on-site or at home with families. In the afternoon and evening, activities will vary, but typically include spending time with host families, group excursions around the village, or activities with people from the local community.||Host Families|
|July 27||Host Community||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.||Host Families|
|July 28||Host Community||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.||Host Families|
|July 29||Host Community||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.||Host Families|
|July 30||Host Community||Today we will finish our service project and celebrate with our new friends and family with a fiesta de despedida!||Host Families|
|July 31||1 Host Community & Uvita|
2 Host Community & Pura Suerte
|After breakfast and goodbyes, we will head west to Uvita on the central Pacific coast. We will settle into our hotel before heading down to the beach for surf lessons.|
Team 2 will discover Nauyaca waterfall and then Pura Suerte.
|August 1||1 Uvita & San Jose|
2 Pura Suerte & San Jose
|After breakfast it's off to Manuel Antonio we will explore Manuel Antonio National Park which bursts with wildlife and boats beautiful beaches. Inside we will find idyllic coastline and winding trails that lead through dense jungle. Students can relax, swim and do some souvenir shopping. |
Team 2 will discover the organic farm.
After lunch we will make the drive back to San Jose for a farewell dinner altogether before of our international departure the following morning.
|Hotel Rosa de America|
|August 2||San Jose & USA||After breakfast, we will head to the airport for a morning departure back to the USA.||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
Rosa de America
A beautiful and affordable boutique hotel near the airport yet in a relaxing setting. This hotel is complete with updated rooms, fresh towels and linens, free Wi-Fi, and land lush gardens. Students will be grouped according to gender.
Finca Pura Suerte
A grouping of bamboo cabins and impressive communal spaces, this farm is nestled deep in low-land rain forest with a fantastic view of the Pacific coast. The accommodations are comfortable, the food fantastic, and the spectacular setting provides an ideal introduction to the country’s mind-blowing flora and fauna. An equally amazing place for a hike at sunrise, a dip in a the local waterfall, or time with a good book in a hammock.
Camping y Cabinas El Tecal
Cabinas El Tecal is 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. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
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
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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