2023 Galloway School Costa Rica Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2023 Galloway School Costa Rica Program! 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: February 19, 2023 - February 28, 2023
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Program Tuition: $2,490 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,239

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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: $2,490

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Costa Rica Cultural Journey

From white sand beaches to misty cloud forests, towering volcanoes to beautiful rivers that carve through tropical canyons, and friendly communities, Costa Rica has it all! Our cultural journey aims to expose travelers to best the country has to offer and provide opportunities to speak Spanish and gain insight into one of the most hospitable destinations on earth. Adventure awaits!

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.

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

Immersive Spanish classes

Explore a cloud forest, guided by a local naturalist

The Itinerary

We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers and given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

February 19USA - AlajuelaToday the group will travel from the USA to Costa Rica. After arrival, the group will have lunch, settle into their hotel, do a bit of exploring and hold an orientation meeting where we'll discuss the upcoming trip in detail.Hotel La Rosa de America
February 20Alajuela - La FortunaAfter breakfast, we will leave the central valley and head to La Fortuna, a small city right next to the Volcán Arenal, an impressive volcano that stands out in the middle of the flatlands. We will visit a nearby coffee plantation and coffee shop where we will participate in a coffee tour and learn about its important crop and its delicate production process and even taste some delicious coffee. Upon arrival, we will have our first Spanish class!Poshpacker
February 21La FortunaAfter breakfast, we will head to La Fortuna Waterfall. After hiking down to the waterfall, students will enjoy a refreshing swim in the waterfall's swimming hole. In the afternoon, we will continue our Spanish lessons in La Fortuna.Poshpacker
February 22La FortunaAfter breakfast, we will continue our Spanish lessons in La Fortuna. In the afternoon, we will relax at some luxurious hot springs and enjoy a buffet dinner. Poshpacker
February 23La FortunaThis morning we will explore Volcán Arenal National Park which bursts with wildlife. Afterwards, we will have our final Spanish lesson of the program.Poshpacker
February 24La Fortuna - Puerto ViejoAfter breakfast, we will head to the Sarapiqui River for a day of whitewater river rafting and then we will continue with our journey to Puerto Viejo in the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, a vibrant seaside town with gorgeous beaches, crystal clear blue waters and exotic flora and fauna.La Costa de Papito
February 25Puerto ViejoToday we will leave Puerto Viejo and head to Cahuita National Park, one of Costa Rica's oldest National Park created to protect the coral reef and the incredibly diverse flora and fauna. After a long day hiking in Cahuita we will have time to relax and explore the town's center and have the chance to buy some souvenirs from the local artisans. La Costa de Papito
February 26Puerto ViejoAfter breakfast,we will have time to explore Punta Uva and relax at any of the incredible beaches of the Caribbean coast which include Playa Chiquita, Playa Grande and Cocles. In the evening, we will get moving with a dance lesson where we will learn learn and enjoy the basic steps and moves to dance to Afro-Caribbean Latin beats. After dinner, we will relax back at our hotel and have time to reflect about our experiences in Costa Rica. La Costa de Papito
February 27Puerto Viejo - AlajuelaAfter breakfast and a few more hours on the beach, we will make the drive back to San Jose for a farewell dinner before our international departure the following morning.Hotel La Rosa de America
February 28Alajuela - 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 program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.  We vet and inspect the accommodations to ensure they uphold the ethos of our programs, are great values for our travelers and nice places to rest after enriching days of travel.  

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

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.

Safety and Support


Thank you for giving my son a memorable lifetime experience. [There was] constant contact with the parents with updates and photos to ensure us about the students’ safety and that they were doing well. [The Program Leader] and the teachers were outstanding. Couldn’t have had anyone else better to do the job than they have done.

Parent of Benjamin, traveler on Costa Rica Service Adventure

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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