2019 Sandy Spring Costa Rica Adventure

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the homepage for the 2019 Sandy Spring Costa Rica 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. This first page, the Pre-Enrollment page, 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 thoroughly and get excited for Costa Rica!
Travel Dates: June 17, 2019 - June 23, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $1,785 - or - $1,696 with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $692
Deadline(s): Interested travelers need to enroll by December 13th

Tuition Calculator

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

Program Tuition: $1,785

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:

$1,695.75

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:

$323.95

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

Costa Rica Cultural Journey

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!

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

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.

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.

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

Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers

Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems

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

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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
June 17Maryland - San JoseToday the group will travel from Maryland to San Jose, Costa Rica. 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
June 18San Jose - Pura SuerteOur journey begins with adventure on the Pacuare river! We will spend a half day rafting this beautiful stretch of river before heading over to a beautiful ecological farm deep in the southern rain forest of the country. Upon arrival we will settle in and have the option to tour the farm. 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 19Pura SuerteIn the morning we will hike down to the Nauyaca waterfall, a spectacular three-story waterfall not far from the farm. We will spend the day here, getting to know one another, swimming and taking in the natural beauty of the jungle. After lunch by the river we will return to the farm for a relaxing evening.Jungalows
June 20Pura Suerte - Manuel AntonioAfter a hearty breakfast, we will head to the central Pacific coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most stunning national parks in the country. Within Manuel Antonio, we will hike through the national park, enjoy one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches, and spend time surrounded by wildlife. In the evening, we will have some down time at the hotel pool to relax.Manuel Antonio Hotel
June 21Manuel Antonio - La FortunaWe will spend the morning soaring over the coastal canopy in a series of spectacular zip lines! Afterwards we will have a cultural exchange and visit with a local school, where we will play games and practice our language skills! Following this, we will continue on to La Fortuna, home of Costa Rica's most famous volcano, Volcan Arenal. Arriving in the evening, we will relax at Baldi, one of the most luxurious hot springs on the area and enjoy a buffet dinner.La Fortuna hotel
June 22La Fortuna - San JoseToday we will hike to La Fortuna's most famous waterfall and have time to swim and enjoy lunch at the falls. This afternoon we will head back to San Jose for our final farewell dinner and reflect on our trip.San Jose hotel
June 23San Jose - USAAfter breakfast, we will head to the airport for a morning departure back home. Hasta luego!Your own bed!

Accommodations


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 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.

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.

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 A/C, Cable T.V., and hot water. You can also enjoy a swimming pool with panoramic view of the surrounding rainforest.

Villas Mymosa

Hotel Villas Mymosa is a modern 10 room condo hotel located in the tranquil setting of beautiful Manuel Antonio.  Our spacious rooms are fully equipped to provide you with all the amenities of your own home.  Each Villas Mymosa villa has a private terrace or balcony or both.  You have the option of peace and quiet at your villa or interacting with other guests around our beautiful large centrally located pool.

San Bosco Inn

Right in downtown La Fortuna, San Bosco Inn offers a great location, a pool, restaurant and cozy bedrooms. This is the ideal location from which you can explore and enjoy nearby waterfalls, caves, thermal hot springs, and of course the amazing Arenal Volcano.

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

Estimated Airfare

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!

FUNDRAISING CENTER              REFERRAL BONUS

WTT coffee
Resource center

Resource Center

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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