Program Overview

On this Service Learning and Adventure in Costa Rica program, participate in service learning projects focused on civic engagement and conservation to learn about the local culture and environment. While in San José, assist at a local school in education, entertainment or building repairs. Discover the beauty of Costa Rica, from the soothing waters to the lush treetops, filled with a wide variety of tropical plants and wildlife species. Explore the La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park to observe local wildlife exhibits, including birds, butterflies, monkeys, snakes and jungle cats. Watch majestic waterfalls cascade through the trees at La Paz Waterfall and La Fortuna Waterfall. Glide above all these wondrous sights by gondola and then zipline back down, rushing across mountains and flying through the treetops.

In a tropical rainforest, be an explorer and a scientist for a day, exploring aquatic ecosystems and searching for unique wildlife. Go white water rafting in the Sarapiquí River, soaring through a vibrant rainforest over rolling rapids. Evaluate the water quality of the Sarapiquí River using physical, biological and chemical surveys. Observe what plants and animals thrive in this body of water, considering what holds their ecological relationship in balance. Go on a guided adventure on rainforest trails to find bats in their natural habitat, participate in a live lab and multimedia presentation. Explore the nocturnal world to dispel myths about bats, with the opportunity to interact with these wonderful mammals.

By interacting with the culture and traditions of Costa Rica, there are so many opportunities for growth and transformation. On a visit to Sarchí, get to know local artists as they craft and paint an oxcart where the tradition began and became a national symbol of Costa Rica. Take a chocolate tour at the Tirimbina Biological Reserve, where cacao grows, and learn how to make delicious chocolate treats. Soak in hot springs that are heated by Arenal Volcano, relaxing in the thermal waters. Go out to the farm at Arenal Vida Campesina to learn their sustainable agriculture techniques and try freshly harvested vegetables. Before the journey ends, watch a folkloric dance performance at a Tiquicia Dinner Show and carry the memories home.

Daily Itinerary

Note: Activities are subject to change based on availability.

Learning Outcomes

On this Costa Rica adventure, students learn about biodiverse ecosystems of rainforests and engage in service learning activities in local communities. Traveling through tropical rainforests, students are introduced to an abundance of new species of plants and animals. There are hands-on activities, where students take care of rainforest trails and assist teachers at a local school. With trained experts and researchers, students test aquatic ecosystems, compare plants and soils, learn sustainable farming and consider the difference between a cloud forest and a rainforest.

We take care of everything

At Experience, we make sure everything is covered – from housing to technology and beyond – to provide the best experience for our students.

Accommodations

Quality, safe hotels with twin or triple occupancy that are centrally located.

Transportation

All transportation is provided throughout the program.

Round-Trip Flights

Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.

Meals

All three meals are provided daily, featuring local cuisine.

Education

Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.

Tours and Activities

Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.

Curated Experiences

Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.

Full-Time Tour Director

Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.

Insurance

International travel insurance is provided for protection in case of accidents, illness, flight interruptions or baggage loss.

Interactive Technology

Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.

24/7 Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.

What’s My Investment

Tuition Cost

9 Days

$2,899
Per Student
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