2023 DLS Costa Rica Service Adventure
|May 14, 2023 - May 23, 2023
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.
Program Tuition: $2,590
Pay in Full
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
All prices in United States Dollars.
Costa Rica Service Adventure
From white sand beaches to misty cloud forests, towering volcanoes to beautiful rivers that carve through tropical canyons, and hospitable, friendly communities, Costa Rica has it all! Our service adventures give travelers the opportunity to delve deep into small, rural communities set in stunningly beautiful corners of the country. In addition to white water rafting, relaxing on white sand beaches and swimming at the base of a towering waterfall, students will gain confidence in their Spanish, contribute to a meaningful service project and grow into more confident travelers. Adventure awaits!
Service Adventures can 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.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends
Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle
Visit one of Costa Rica's most beautiful volcanoes
Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers
Collaborate on a service project in your homestay community
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.
|USA - Costa Rica
|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 where the group will discuss the upcoming trip in detail.
|Rosa de las Américas Hotel
|Alajuela - Sarapiqui
|Today we will head north to our host village to meet community members and learn more about our service work. Upon arrival, students will tour the community and learn about our service project. Throughout the program, we'll have the opportunity to interact with community members in Spanish, participate in cultural exchanges, play games of pick up soccer and explore Costa Rican culture. Later in the afternoon, we'll have some fun with dancing classes.
|Sarapiquí's Rainforest Lodge
|These days in Sarapiqui be anchored by time spent working on a community service project in a nearby community. In the afternoons and evenings, activities are flexible and will vary, but may include time with locals, excursions around the village, or group reflection activities. Today in the afternoon, we will have some cooking classes.
|Sarapiquí's Rainforest Lodge
|Today, we will finish working on our service project.
|Sarapiquí's Rainforest Lodge
|Sarapiqui - La Fortuna
|It's time to say goodbye to Sarapiqui, but not before enjoying one of the most popular activities in the area: white water rafting! We will have lunch on the way and head towards La Fortuna, where the Arenal Volcano awaits. After checking into our charming hotel, we will explore the town and then enjoy some luxurious thermal hot springs and big buffet dinner.
|After breakfast the group will hike to La Catarata de la Fortuna for a refreshing swim at the base of the magnificent waterfall that cascades from a height of over 70 meters. After lunch we'll have a blast during a zipline and canopy tour! We will have time to explore town and do some souvenir shopping in the early afternoon.
|Today, the group will head towards the Caribbean coast. During our journey, we'll make a stop at the Sloth Sanctuary. After lunch, we'll enjoy a beautiful and scenic drive, which will lead us to Puerto Viejo a beach town located on the southern Caribbean coast.
|After breakfast, we'll visit the Cahuita National Park, and then head to Punta Uva for some well-deserved relaxation time on the beach, where we can swim and have some free time.
|Cahuita - Alajuela
|After a relaxing morning we'll head back to Alajuela for our final celebratory dinner together ahead of our international departure the following morning.
|Casa Cielo Grande
|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, 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.
Villas Aracari 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.
Rosa de las Américas
A charming ranch-style hotel on the outskirts of San José, Rosa de las Americas is a great spot to unwind after a long day’s travels. This hotel is complete with a lush gardens, a big pool, updated rooms, and friendly staff.
Arenal Montechiari Hotel located 400 meters from the central park, very close to the beautiful town La Fortuna. The Hotel is sorrounded of lush gardens and a spectacular view of the Volcano.
The Hotel Shawandha Ecolodge provides eco-friendly, peaceful and relaxing accommodation in the heart of southern Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast in Puerto Viejo, Limón. It’s located just 150 metres from Playa Chiquita, an unspoilt white sand beach lapped by crystal-clear waters and only accessible by a private walkway.
Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge
Offering an on-site restaurant and Palenque-style design, Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge is located in near the community of Sarapiqui. It offers comfortable rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and a tour desk.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
With a previous outfitter [I worked with], the experience was more “touring” and no hands-on contributions and work. Walking Tree surrounds the travelers with amazing professionals who are dedicated to their sciences, travels, and countries. Travelers’ experiences are first-hand, authentic and memorable!
Alumni Group Organizer on programs to Costa Rica and 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. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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