2025 Pollard Costa Rica Service Adventure

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2025 Pollard Costa Rica Service Adventure!  We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The Pre-Enrollment page is meant to share exciting details, highlights, and pertinent info, that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page is intended to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for Costa Rica! Pura vida!
Travel Dates: June 21, 2025 - June 29, 2025
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $2,290 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $700

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: $2,290

Pay in Full

$2,290.00

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:

$137.70

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!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Improve your Spanish and immerse yourself in a homestay community

Zip-line though the rainforest

Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle

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

Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers

Collaborate on a service project in your homestay community

Discover the gorgeous beaches and world-class national parks on the Pacific coast

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 21USA - AlajuelaToday, the group will travel from the USA to Costa Rica. Flights usually arrive in the evening. After our arrival, we will settle into our hotel for the evening and have an orientation meeting to discuss the upcoming trip in detail.Hotel in Alajuela
June 22Alajuela - Host Community The adventure begins! We'll head to our host community. Upon arrival, we'll tour the town, learn more about our service projects, and then head home with our new host families for the evening. Unless otherwise specified, two students will be placed in each home. Breakfasts and dinners will be with the host families, while lunch will be served at the service site. In the afternoons and evenings, activities are flexible and will vary, but they may include spending time with host families, excursions to explore the surrounding area, or group reflection sessions.Host Families
June 23Host CommunityNext, we will begin working on our service project and spending time with our host families. Afternoon and evening activities will vary, and details regarding service work will become available as the departure date nears.Host Families
June 24Host CommunityToday, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.Host Families
June 25Host CommunityToday, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with our host families. Evening activities will vary.Host Families
June 26Host Community- Manuel AntonioAfter breakfast and saying goodbye to our host families, our journey begins when we head to one of the most stunning national parks in the country. We will have time to hike through the national park, enjoy a beautiful beach, and spend time surrounded by monkeys. After leaving the national park, the group will have time for souvenir shopping. In the afternoon, we'll check into our rooms, swim in the pool, and then we'll have a delicious dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean.Hotel in Manuel Antonio
June 27Manuel AntonioGet ready for 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. In the evening, we’ll have time to relax and swim in the pool.Hotel in Manuel Antonio
June 28Manuel - AlajuelaWe'll end the trip with a splash during a whitewater rafting trip along the Savegre River! Navigate class I, II, and III rapids as you descend from the mountains towards the ocean. After lunch, we'll make the drive back to the big city for a cozy farewell dinner ahead of our international departure the following morning.Hotel in Alajuela
June 29Alajuela - USAFly home, hasta luego!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. 
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.

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.

Hotel California

Casual, relaxed and airy, nestled in the jungle with sweeping ocean views on three wooded acres. It is not uncommon to see monkeys, sloths, dart frogs, birds, iguanas and all type of local wildlife trek through on a daily basis. It is a little off the beaten path on a short dirt road off the main road to Manuel Antonio, but 5 minutes away from the beach and the city of Quepos. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

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

This was a great opportunity for [my daughter]. Thank you for being so professional and for teaching her things we never could. It was awesome to work beside Smithsonian scientists and learn. Travel is such an education that cannot be taught in a classroom.

Kim
Parent of Emily, traveler on 2017 program to Panama

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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Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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