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: $1,192

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Costa Rica Cultural Journey

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!

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, 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. 

February 19USA - AlajuelaToday 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.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!Hotel La Fortuna
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.Hotel La Fortuna
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. Hotel La Fortuna
February 23La FortunaToday we will explore Volcán Arenal National Park which bursts with wildlife. Students will be able to swim in the beautiful Lake Arenal while enjoying great view of the volcano. Afterwards, we will have our final Spanish lesson of the program.Hotel La Fortuna
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 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 lunch, 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 relax back at our hotel and have time to reflect about our experiences in Costa Rica. La Costa de Papito
February 27Puerto Viejo - AlajuelaToday we say goodbye to Puerto Viejo and start heading back to Alajuela, but first we will make a stop at sloth sanctuary where we will learn about one of Costa Rica's national animals and meet some of the rescued sloths. After lunch 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 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.

Cabinas El Tecal

Cabinas El Tecal is a locally owned and operated three star hotel close to playa Uvita in the Marino Ballena National Park. Off the beaten path, the hotel comes with modern amenities, a private pool, and great service. It’s the perfect place to relax away from the crowds. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

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


Communication was excellent! We had absolutely all the info we needed from the moment we signed up. LOVED the blog with photos. The prep and follow up activities on culture shock, re-entry, etc. were fantastic!!! Thank you!!!

Parent of John, traveler on Peru 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: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.


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