2023 DLS Costa Rica Service Adventure

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2023 DLS Costa Rica Service Adventure! The Pre-Enrollment page is meant to share exciting highlights and important info that participants will want to know before signing up. If you enroll, 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 opportunity in Costa Rica! Pura vida!  
Travel Dates: May 14, 2023 - May 23, 2023
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Program Tuition: $2,590 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $891

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There are two options for payment, including an interest-free monthly installment plan.  Follow whichever option 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

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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

Service Adventures

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.

Program Highlights

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

The Itinerary

We do everything possible to abide by  itineraries as originally planned, but decades of experience teachers that we must flexible in our planning. Changes to a trip’s schedule are uncommon, but Walking Tree reserves the right to make adjustments to programming in the best interest of the group. 

May 14USA - Costa RicaToday 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
May 15Alajuela - SarapiquiToday 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
May 16SarapiquiThese 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
May 17SarapiquiToday, we will finish working on our service project.Sarapiquí's Rainforest Lodge
May 18Sarapiqui - La FortunaIt'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.Montechiari Hotel
May 19La FortunaAfter 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.Montechiari Hotel
May 20La Fortuna-CahuitaToday, 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.Shawanda
May 21CahuitaAfter 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. Shawanda
May 22Cahuita - AlajuelaAfter 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
May 23Alajuela - USAAfter 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 group accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, locally operated, clean and safe.  We inspect each partner hotel to ensure they meet these standards.

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your program, subject to availability. 
Villas Aracari

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.

Montechiari Hotel

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.

Shawanda Ecolodge

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


I was very concerned about my daughter who has a peanut allergy travelling to a foreign country for the first time without us. Walking Tree was very sensitive to my concerns and reassured me that this is something they could handle and they did! I would send her again in a heartbeat. Thank you Walking Tree.

Parent of Emilie, traveler on 2018 Service Program to Costa Rica

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: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.


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