2019 Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Costa Rica Program
|Travel Dates:||July 1, 2019 - July 7, 2019|
|Program Tuition:|| $2,090 - or - $1,986 with discount if paid in full|
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Complete an Enroll Now form and submit a deposit to secure your spot on the program!|
Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.
Program Tuition: $2,090
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:
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:
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 70 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.
Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.
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
Work side by side with the Organization for Tropical Studies' scientists in one of most studied ecosystems in the world.
Learn about the history of the chocolate industry while assisting in its preparation process.
Zip-line though the jungle
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 surfers
Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers
Release baby sea turtles into the wild (seasonal)
Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems
Explore a cloud forest, guided by a local naturalist
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
Contribute towards an environmental service project
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.
|1||USA - San José||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.||San Jose Hotel|
|2||San José||Today we'll taste our first of Costa Rica's typical breakfast "gallo pinto", to then meet our friends from Chepecletas for a city tour. San José, capital of Costa Rica, is a city full of history, interesting characters, and hidden spots. In today's tour you can discover cultural spots and parks, streets and boulevards, coffee shops, food markets and more. Evening activities may vary (choir performing)||San Jose Hotel|
|3||San José||Today we'll start out day with a coffee or chocolate tour. Evening activities may vary (choir performance)||San Jose Hotel|
|4||San José - Cocles||Today will be spent on the incredible Pacuare River for a full day of whitewater river rafting under the canopy of the rainforest. After, we'll head to the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica, specifically to Playa Cocles to our beach hotel.||Costa de Papito|
|5||Cocles||Today it's our beach day which we'll spend at Playa Cocles, and walking to surrounding beaches. Evening activities may vary (choir performance)||Costa de Papito|
|6||Manzanillo-Cocles||We'll spend this morning exploring Playa Manzanillo. After lunch, we'll then return to Alajuela for a final dinner together, and pack our bags for our return home.||Cielo Grande Hotel|
|7||Alajuela-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.
La Costa de Papito
La Costa de Papito is a lush eden between the edge of the jungle and the beautiful white sand beach of Playa Cocles. Selected for its philosophy of travel and hospitality, students will have a truly Caribbean experience in this tropical paradise.
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.
Turtle Saving Hostel
San Jose’s Turtle Saving Hostel offers both dormitory style accommodation and comfortable private rooms just footsteps away from all the action of the capital’s rapidly expanding creative neighbourhood of Barrio Escalante. Subscribing to the functional bed, bathe and breakfast model our aim is to deliver a clean, comfortable stay in one of the capitals safest areas whilst doing our bit to support Costa Rica’s marine turtle conservation efforts.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
This was our daughter’s 2nd trip with Walking Tree. In 2016, she took her school’s first trip with Walking Tree to Ecuador, and absolutely loved it. Once again, the Walking Tree representative was excellent. My daughter said Ben really made the trip, and worked hard to keep the group happy. Other positives: communication before the trip, website outline, daily blogs and trip photos. Very professional organization. We feel very secure sending our student out into the world with Walking Tree.
Parent of Olivia, traveler on California Cultural Journey
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.
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!
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.