2021 Kent Denver Costa Rica Service Adventure
June 4, 2021 -
June 15, 2021
Dates are tentative until flights are secured
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Enrollment deadline forthcoming|
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow the option which works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,940
Pay in Full
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 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!
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
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
Explore a cloud forest, guided by a local naturalist
Discover the gorgeous beaches and world-class national parks on the Pacific coast
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs 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.
|June 4||USA - Alajuela||Today the group will travel from the USA to Costa Rica, and flights usually arrive in the evening. After arrival, the group will settle into their hotel for the evening and have an orientation meeting to discuss the upcoming trip in detail.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|June 5||Alajuela - Manuel Antonio||After breakfast we will depart to Manuel Antonio, we will drive 3 hours south along the coast to reach Manuel Antonio. Before settling into our hotel we’ll make a stop where we’ll get to soar through the jungle canopy while ziplining. After lunch we will have time to relax by the pool, explore the coastline and jump into the waves along the long stretch of white sand beach.||Hotel Manuel Antonio|
|June 6||Manuel Antonio||After breakfast we will hike through Manuel Antonio national park, considered by many to be the crown jewel of the park system. We'll enjoy a beautiful beach, explore the trails that wind through the dense coastal jungle and do our best to keep the monkeys from stealing our lunch. After leaving the national park the group will have time souvenir shopping and pool time.||Hotel Manuel Antonio|
|June 7||Manuel Antonio - Pueblo Nuevo||This morning we'll begin with surfing lessons with professional instructors! Never surfed before? No worries, the waves in Manuel Antonio are perfect for beginners. Today we will head to the small community of Pueblo Nuevo to meet our host families. Upon arrival, students will tour the community and learn about their service project. Students will have dinner with their own individual host families this evening donde hablarán much español!||Host Community|
|June 8||Pueblo Nuevo||Our days in Pueblo Nuevo will consist mainly of working on our community service project, roughly six hours a day. Lunch will be either be on-site or at home with families. In the afternoons and evenings, activities are flexible and will vary, but may include time with host families, excursions around the village, or gatherings with the local community.||Host Community|
|June 9||Pueblo Nuevo||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.||Host Community|
|June 10||Pueblo Nuevo||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.||Host Community|
|June 11||Pueblo Nuevo||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.||Host Community|
|June 12||Pueblo Nuevo||Today, we will finish work on our service project and enjoy a celebratory fiesta de despedida with host families!||Host Community|
|June 13||Pueblo Nuevo - La Fortuna||After saying bye to our host families we will drive two hours to La Fortuna, home of Costa Rica's most famous volcano, Volcán Arenal. After settling down at our hotel we will hike to La Fortuna's most famous waterfall and have time to relax and swim. In the evening we will bathe at a luxurious hot springs and enjoy a buffet dinner.||Hotel La Fortuna|
|June 14||La Fortuna - Alajuela||Today we will start our day with our final reflection of the program and completing some group activities. Before our departure, we will explore the surroundings of La Fortuna’s central park and do some last minute souvenir shopping. After lunch, we will head back to Alajuela for our final farewell dinner.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|June 15||Alajuela - USA||Fly home!||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
Hotel Casa Cielo Grande
Casa Cielo Grande is a beautiful property ideally located just twenty minutes from the airport. Close to the city center yet perched high in the mountains, the views of the Central Valley are breathtaking and the new pool is a delightful respite after a hot day. Spotless rooms and friendly staff will make you feel at home the moment you drop your bags.
Casual, relaxed and airy, nestled in the jungle with sweeping ocean views on three wooded acres. It is not uncommon to see monkeys, sloths, dart frogs, birds, iguanas and all type of local wildlife trek through on a daily basis. It is a little off the beaten path on a short dirt road off the main road to Manuel Antonio, but 5 minutes away from the beach and the city of Quepos. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
This will be the best part of your trip! Staying with a host family immerses you in the language and culture of the destination, and can lead to deep and lasting relationships with your hosts. Initially intimidating but ultimately unforgettable, there’s no better way to begin to truly understand the place you’re visiting.
Hotel La Fortuna
Located right in the heart of La Fortuna in San Carlos, Costa Rica. La Fortuna Hotel offers visitors a very convenient location with all the services within walking distance from our facilities. This hotel boasts amazing views of the Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Downtown you won’t forget! Guests have access to free Wi-Fi throughout the building in order to stay connected. Students will be grouped according to gender in their rooms.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
My daughter’s experience in Morocco was extraordinary!! I really enjoyed seeing the pictures and hearing the stories about her adventures, but what brought me the most joy was the relationships she formed with the chaperones from her school and with Stafford and Said (Walking Tree’s Moroccan Country Directors and Program Leaders). She spoke of their characters and spirits which let me know these wonderful people went over and beyond the basics of the program. I am forever grateful for the love and care all four of you gave to her.
Parent of Jadah, traveler on Morocco 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. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere 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 funding opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling fair trade, organic, carbon-neutral coffee from a women’s collective in Peru. There is no limit to the amount you can earn, so get started now by clicking the link below!
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