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2022 Teton Science Schools Costa Rica Expedition

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2022 Teton Science Schools Costa Rica Expedition!  You are currently on the Pre-Enrollment page, the purpose of which is to share exciting highlights and important info that participants will want to know before signing up. Once enrolled, you'll begin using the Post-Enrollment page which offers a greater level of detail.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for a once in a lifetime experience in Costa Rica!! Pura vida! 
Travel Dates: May 18, 2022 - May 28, 2022
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Program Tuition: $2,490 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,297

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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 rural homestays, adventure travel, and meaningful service projects which are guided by our community partners. Living in these small communities provides the opportunity to engage the language and culture from a uniquely advantageous position.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Improve your Spanish and immerse yourself in a homestay community

Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle

Visit one of Costa Rica's most beautiful volcanoes

Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers

Assist with research and conservation efforts at the Reserva Playa Tortuga

The Itinerary


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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
May 19USA - San Jose, Costa RicaToday the group will travel from the Jackson, WY to San Jose, Costa Rica, likely arriving in the evening. After arrival, the group will settle into our charming hotel, have dinner and hold a short orientation meeting to better prepare for the adventure ahead.Casa Cielo Grande
May 20San Jose - Pueblo Nuevo, ZarceroAfter breakfast we'll jump on the bus and head to our host community a few hours north of the city. Upon arrival we'll meet our host families, tour the community, and learn about the service project/s we'll be working on. Throughout the program, we'll have the opportunity to interact with community members in Spanish, participate in cultural exchanges, and explore Costa Rican culture.Host Families
May 21Pueblo Nuevo, ZarceroOur days in the community will be anchored by our community service project. In the afternoons and evenings, activities vary, but may include time with host families, excursions around the village, or events with the local community.Host Families
May 22Pueblo Nuevo, ZarceroToday we will finish work on our service project. In the evening, we will have a final celebratory group dinner! Host Families
May 23Pueblo Nuevo, Zarcero - La FortunaAfter saying goodbye to our host families, we will make the trip to La Fortuna, a small city at the base of Volcán Arenal, an impressive volcano that stands out in the middle of the flatlands. We'll start our day soaring through the forest canopy while ziplining. In the afternoon we will have time to explore town and do some souvenir shopping. We will finish our day relaxing in thermal hot springs at the base of the volcano. We'll take some timeto reflect on the time spent in the host community and prepare for the conservation part of the program. Arenal Poshpacker Hotel
May 24La Fortuna - Widecast Field StationToday the group will travel to the Caribbean coast. After a beautiful and scenic boat ride, we will arrive at the WIDECAST Field Station. After an introduction and tour of the station, we will begin our nightly beach patrols in search of female leatherback and green turtles.WIDECAST Field Station
May 25Widecast Field StationDays at the WIDECAST Field Station will be dedicated to helping research assistants with their personal research projects or camp maintenance tasks, such as beach cleanups or equipment inventories. In the nighttime, we will continue the important task of patrolling the beach.WIDECAST Field Station
May 26Widecast Field Station - Playa ChiquitaIn the morning, we will take a boat ride out from WIDECAST and travel to the southern Caribbean coast. After all of our hard work at the station, we will enjoy some much deserved time at the beach to relax, swim, and do last minute souvenir shopping.La Costa de Papito
May 27Playa Chiquita - San JoseToday we will enjoy a full day of white water rafting along the Pacuare River, famous for its' spectacular setting and exciting rapids. After navigating 13 miles of river, we will head back to San Jose for our final dinner together before heading to the airport this night for our flight home. Casa Cielo Grande
May 28San Jose - USAArrive homeYou own bed!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, 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 and safe. 

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
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.

Homestay

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.

WIDECAST Field Station

WIDECAST Field Station is situated on a beautiful isolated beach right behind what people refer to as “The Amazon” of Costa Rica, a network of mangrove rainforest, rivers, canals and lagoons. This program is run by volunteers for volunteers, and students will share dorm-style rustic lodging with separate dorms for boys and girls, shared bathrooms, and no electricity or hot water. The basic accommodations at WIDECAST align with their commitment to environmental conservation.

La Costa de Papito

La Costa de Papito is nestled in verdant lowland jungle and just steps away from the white sand beach of Playa Cocles. Chosen for its great location, laid-back vide and effusive hospitality, students will have a truly Caribbean experience in this cozy hotel. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the facilities keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Arenal Poshpacker

Located right in downtown La Fortuna, Arenal Poshpacker offers a great location, a pool, restaurant and cozy bedrooms. This is the ideal location from which students can the nearby waterfalls, caves, thermal hot springs, and of course the amazing Arenal Volcano. All rooms are equipped with A/C with free Wi-Fi to keep everyone feeling comfortable and connected.

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

Walking Tree gave us everything we needed to make our vision of the perfect educational trip to China a reality.

Andy
Repeat Group Organizer on programs to China

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. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel. 

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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