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2019 Folsom Costa Rica Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 Gladstone Costa Rica Service Adventure! We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience 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 intended to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and get excited for Costa Rica! Pura vida!
Travel Dates: April 13, 2019 - April 22, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $2,890 USD - or - $2,790 USD with discount if paid in full
Deadline(s): Final payments are due by January 15th, 2019

Tuition Calculator

There are two options for payment, including an easy installment plan.  Follow the option which works best for your family.

Program Tuition: $2,890

Pay in Full

Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a $100 discount off your program tuition! Payment with the discount would be:

$2,790.00

due today

Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish a monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$170.72

per month

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

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

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 featured experiences of your program!

Immerse yourself in the local language and culture by staying with a host family

Zip-line though the rainforest

Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle

Visit one of Costa Rica's most beautiful volcanoes

Stay in quaint jungle bungalows

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

Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers

Explore a cloud forest, guided by a local naturalist

Discover the gorgeous beaches and world-class national parks on the Pacific coast

The Itinerary


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. 

DATEDAYLOCATIONACTIVITYLODGING
April 12FridayCalifornia & Costa RicaToday we fly from the United States to San Jose, Costa Rica. We'll likely have an evening arrival. Hotel Pacande
April 13SaturdaySan José & Pura SuerteAfter breakfast we'll head for Pura Suerte, an ecological farm in the heart of the rain forest, about 4 hours south of the capital city.Upon arrival we'll 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. We'll also discuss our service project in detail so students are prepared for the following day.Jungalows or Host Families
April 14SundayPura SuerteAfter breakfast hike down to Nyaca waterfall, one of the most beautiful in the entire country. Spend the morning swimming and relaxing by the riverside. Lunch at the waterfall and then return to farm for a relaxing afternoon before dinner.Jungalows or Host Families
April 15MondayPura SuerteBegin service work, village activities, pick-up soccer game with local youth.Jungalows or Host Families
April 16TuesdayPura SuerteContinue with service projects, village activities, coffee farm tour.Jungalows or Host Families
April 17WednesdayPura SuerteFinish with service projects, village activities.Jungalows or Host Families
April 18ThursdayPura SuerteToday we'll trek to the upper parts of Catarata Diamante, the tallest waterfall in Costa Rica. The group will hike to the rivers that feed the waterfall and then enjoy a day full of swimming holes and absolutely beautiful views. We'll spend this night in a cave behind the falls.La Cueva
April 19FridayPura Suerte & Manuel AntonioAfter breakfast we'll head west to Manuel Antonio on the central Pacific coast. After checking into our hotel we head down to the beach where interested students can either take surf lessons on a stretch of coastline that has a reputation for being great for beginners or decide to participate in an alternate activity.Hotel California
April 20SaturdayManuel Antonio & San JoseToday we'll explore Manuel Antonio national park which bursts with wildlife. Inside we'll find idyllic beaches and winding trails that lead through dense jungle. Students can relax, swim and do some souvenir shopping. After lunch we'll make the drive back up to San Jose where we'll have a going away dinner to celebrate our amazing adventure together.Hotel Pacandé
April 21SundayCosta Rica & CaliforniaToday we will travel home. Your own bed

Accommodations


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. 

For rooming, travelers are grouped by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their group.  Non-binary travelers are accommodated. Group Organizers and Program Leaders, along with any other traveling adult, are roomed separately from students.
Below are the hotels we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Hotel Casa Cielo Grande

Casa Cielo Grande is a beautiful property ideally located twenty minutes away from the airport. Close to the city center yet high in the mountains, the views of the Central Valley are breathtaking 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. Students will have free Wi-Fi access and will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

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. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability. There will be no internet access during this portion of the trip.

La Cueva

Located in a natural cave behind the impressive Diamonte waterfall, La Cueva is not your typical hotel. Students sleep in bunk beds and there is no electricity, providing an opportunity to unplug and truly appreciate the natural beauty of these rustic accommodations behind a waterfall. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Hotel Villabosque

Only 200 mts away from Manuel Antonio National Park, Hotel Villabosque is a local family business and has been granted with a 5-leaf Sustainable Tourism Certification. The hotel is provided with comfortable and elegant bedrooms and a friendly staff. The rooms have free Wi-Fi, A/C, cable TV, and hot water. You can also enjoy a swimming pool with panoramic view of the surrounding rainforest. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

This was a great opportunity for [my daughter]. Thank you for being so professional and for teaching her things we never could. It was awesome to work beside Smithsonian scientists and learn. Travel is such an education that cannot be taught in a classroom.

Kim
Parent of Emily, traveler on 2017 program to Panama

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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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.

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