2023 Laurelhurst Costa Rica Service Adventure

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2023 Laurelhurst Costa Rica Service Adventure!  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: June 20, 2023 - July 1, 2023
Enrollment opens Monday, June 13
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $2,190 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,250

Tuition Calculator

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: $2,190

Pay in Full

$2,190.00

due today

Payment Plan

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:

$281.67

per month

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed when your enrollment is processed.

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

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!

Brew coffee and make empanadas with a local farmer's family

Immerse yourself in the local language and culture by staying with a host family

Contribute to a local community by working on a service project

Stay on a farm deep in the rainforest

Learn to surf with some of Costa Rica's best instructors

Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems

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
June 20USA- San Jose, Costa RicaTravel to Costa RicaAirplane
June 21USA - San Jose, Costa RicaUpon arrival, we will meet our program leaders and head to our airport-area hotel to refresh. We will have lunch and an orientation meeting before heading to the local market to see a variety of seasonal and local products. We will have our first group dinner tonight, then a chocolate workshop before a good night's rest. Hotel Aeropuerto
June 22San Jose - Pura SuerteOur journey begins in earnest when we leave the city for La Florida-Pura Suerte, a beautiful farm tucked deep in the southern rain forest of the country. Upon arrival we will settle into our rooms and then tour the farm for a hands-on experience involving tropical fruits, local coffee beans and a whole host of animals! We will learn about the stunning biodiversity of the area as well as how rural farmers are taking advantage of sustainable practices. This evening we'll enjoy a delicious dinner at Pura Suerte's large restaurant and then retire to our cabins for some group activities.Pura Suerte
June 23Pura Suerte - Host CommunityAfter breakfast we hike down to Nauyaca waterfall, one of the most spectacular in a country full of spectacular waterfalls! We will spend a few leisurely hours swimming, relaxing, and enjoying lunch at the waterfall. In the afternoon we'll head to our host community. After arrival we'll tour the town, learn more about our service project/s and then head home with our new families for the evening. Unless otherwise specified, students will be placed two to a home. Breakfasts and dinners will be with families while lunch will be served at the service site. In the afternoons and evenings, activities are flexible and will vary, but may include time with host families, excursions to explore the surrounding area or group reflection sessions.Host Families- San Jerónimo
June 24Host CommunityToday we will begin working on our service project and spending time with host families. The service project will mostly consist of the restoration and refurbishment of the community's common areas such as the community hall or the church. Tasks could include sanding, painting, transport of construction materials, gardening, and so on. Afternoon & evening activities will vary. Today for example, we will have some dancing lessons in the afternoon!Host Families- San Jerónimo
June 25Host CommunityToday we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.Host Families- San Jerónimo
June 26Host CommunityToday we will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families. Evening activities will vary.Host Families- San Jerónimo
June 27Host CommunityToday we will finish working on our service project. In the evening, we will have our farewell party to say goodbye to our host families.Host Families- San Jerónimo
June 28Host Community - UvitaAfter enjoying incredible days with local families and helping the community, it's time to head to the beach. Our next stop is the community of Uvita, an ideal surfing destination on the central Pacific coast. But first, we'll make a quick detour to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, Playa Hermosa, which is located near our final destination.

Here, students will have the chance to swim in the warm waters of the sea and sip on refreshing coconut water as they take in the stunning views. After getting settled in our hotel and we will have dinner in town.
Hotel El Tecal
June 29Uvita After breakfast students will take surf lessons from professional instructors along a wide, expansive and empty stretch of coastline that has a reputation for breaks that are great for beginners. After surfing and enjoying the beach for the afternoon, we'll retire for a delicious dinner.Hotel El Tecal
June 30Uvita- San JoséWe'll have a relaxing morning in Uvita before jumping on the bus and beginning the trip back to the city. We'll stop for lunch on the road. After arriving back in San Jose we'll have a final celebratory dinner together to commemorate our time together!La Rosa de América
July 1 San Jose - USAWe will have a quiet morning to enjoy the last few hours in Costa Rica before we make our way to the airport for our flight home. Your 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. 
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.

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 Aeropuerto

Hotel Aeropuerto is located five minutes away from the Juan Santa María airport. Clean rooms and friendly staff will make you feel at home the moment you drop your bags. The swimming pool  is surrounded by fruit trees and flowers, which attract a number of butterflies and birds, and even some iguanas and squirrels. Students will be grouped by gender. Wifi is available throughout the property.

Finca Pura Suerte

A grouping of bamboo cabins and impressive communal spaces, this farm is nestled deep in low-land rain forest with views of the Pacific coastline. The accommodations are comfortable, the food fantastic, and the surreal setting provides an ideal introduction to the country’s impressive flora and fauna.

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.

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

Our daughter is planning a high school junior year as an exchange student abroad, and your program was partly a ‘test the waters” of her being abroad. It was a tremendous success, thank you!

Barney
Parent of Della, traveler on 2017 program to Thailand

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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