2019 Sandy Spring Costa Rica Adventure
|Travel Dates:||June 17, 2019 - June 23, 2019|
|Program Tuition:|| $1,785 - or - $1,696 with discount if paid in full|
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Interested travelers need to enroll by December 13th|
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:
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:
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 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.
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
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 17||Maryland - San Jose||Today 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 18||San Jose - Pura Suerte||Our 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 19||Pura Suerte||In 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 20||Pura Suerte - Manuel Antonio||After 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 21||Manuel Antonio - La Fortuna||We 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 22||La Fortuna - San Jose||Today 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 23||San Jose - USA||After breakfast, we will head to the airport for a morning departure back home. Hasta luego!||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.
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.
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.
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
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
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.
Parent of Emily, traveler on 2017 program to Panama
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.