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Costa Rica, High School Journey

The Journey

During this week, high school students will adventure, serve and play in a beautiful region of Costa Rica!  They will engage in meaningful service projects with our established partners in a few communities of Guanacaste. This team will also enjoy time for adventures while seeing the sights in this wonderful country. Your Journey will be filled with Service Learning objectives, as we feast on local cuisine, have comfortable and community-based accommodations, and experience a true sense of the way life is in Costa Rica!

 

All transportation and itinerary details are pre-arranged for the team. We arrange flights and in-country private buses, all meals, serve projects, team time, and fun adventures. This week will be filled with activities to engage in and also provide time on their own.

 

If there is a class or course being imbedded into this Journey, our leader will work alongside teachers and faculty to ensure that the serving components match your expected learning outcomes.

 

As Costa Rican experts, we customize every detail of every Journey to fit your size class, learning outcomes, adventure times, and more!  Please complete a REQUEST HERE for a customized quote and itinerary based on the size of your class.

If ever you could make an incredible impact on both your students, local communities and the environment, this is it! Study the lifespan of plants or animals in this fun, foreign adventure. Kayak from mainland to island for a lesson in reforestation efforts. Learn about environmental responsibility from local tribesmen as you then plant native trees on the island before heading back to the village. Hike the active Arenal Volcano and relax in hot springs. You can develop cross-cultural and communication skills by interacting with shopkeepers and service partners.

 

Discover the beauty of the Spanish language through a cultural immersion experience! Your students will increase their global competence by staying in a foreign country. Each day they will develop cross-cultural and communication skills by interacting with locals. Activities could include hosting an English language camp, playing soccer with the local school children, and practicing problem-solving skills through everyday encounters.

 

This Journey is ideal for teachers and students who wish to experience the beauty of a foreign land and a foreign language.

 

Customized Journey to include:

 

  • * Engaging in a meaningful service activities at one of our partner schools
  • * Viewing wild monkeys, birds, and other indigenous creatures
  • * Your choice of adventures such as zip-lining through beautiful forests
  • * White water rafting, kayaking, relaxing in hot springs, or hiking the Arenal Volcano
  • * Team-building activities included throughout
  • * Comfortable lodging with our excellent local partners
 Scroll down the “sample schedule” areas for itineraries to review!

Quick Info

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This Journey is customized for the high school student

JOURNEY COST

$945 + flight * TBD

*This includes all meals, lodging (7 nights), all in-country transportation, and a day of adventure hiking the hanging bridges. Please note that all Journeys are completely designed around the group size, expected learning outcomes, and activities you choose.  Pricing will vary.

SERVICE PROJECTS

Environmental 50%
50%
Local Community Serve 25%
25%
School/Partner project 25%
25%

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COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Escuela Santa Teresa Norte

Santa Teresa Norte is a school partner located in a rural community, with 15 students. During our time there we will be engaged in a variety of projects you can choose from. Are you artistically inclined? Love music? Or sports? Each project is built around your desire to serve in a way that supports learning, education, relationships and community strategies. Ask for more details on how we design class trips to support this and other community partners.

Hacienda Rio Cote

The Hacienda Rio Coté Project (HRC) was established in 2007 to restore and protect rainforest land adjacent to the Rio Coté National Protected Areas in Costa Rica.

HRC’s mission is to reforest and preserve land that is contiguous with existing protected areas of the Rio Coté National Forest and in effect increase the size of a pristine rainforest environment. HRC’s goal is to maintain and extend natural biodiversity, preserve watersheds, reduce erosion and river degradation, protect animal and insect habitats, and preserve the primordial beauty of the tropical rain forests for future generations.

 

 

Tierras Morenas

Located in the northern region of Tilaran, Guanacaste, near the Nicaraguan border, Tierras Morenas is a classic farming village.  The nearby wind farm is one of the few modern technologies to reach this quaint community, where the people are friendly and welcoming.  In Tierras Morenas we assist in however your class is needed in this timeless village, whether it’s helping to teach English at the school, creating a sports program for the kids, painting a mural or building a playground.

Logistics

ACCOMMODATIONS

We will stay at either the San Bosco Lodge,the Arenal Observatory Lodge, Cabinas Catalina, Coralles Farm, or another locally owned and supported lodging facility that is perfect for student teams!

TRANSPORTATION

Our 27 and 15 passenger bus partners will accompany us on each Journey and stay with the team the entire week. Air conditioned, insured, and fabulous!

WHAT TO BRING

Hat, Sunscreen

Passport

Bathing Suit

Close toed shoes, toiletries

Heart to Serve

DAILY SCHEDULE

Arrival Day & Day 2

Fly to San Jose, Costa Rica ~ Transportation will pick up the team and head to a partner hotel for debrief, team meetings, t-shirts, and overview of the week. Enjoy a wonderful meal before the Journey begins!

The next morning we will prepare for team adventures!  This may include a day of whitewater rafting, zip-lining, hiking the volcano, canyoneering, and more.

 

Sample School Itinerary

AW, itinerary, 9 day

AW, flier

 

 

Day 3, 4, 5 - Community Serve Days

8:00am – Breakfast with Spanish lesson overview
9:00am – Depart and arrive at Serve Location
12:30pm – Break for lunch, team time
1:00pm – Continue on local Serve projects
4:00pm – Head back to base hotel/camp
6:00pm – Team dinner and relax time!

Day 6, 7 - Adventure/Serve/Explore, Departure

Day 6 will depend on the Journey. On this day you will adventure as a team, have time off on your own, rafting, zip-lining, hiking, birding, boating, all areas have optional adventures for our Explore day! Day 5 & 6 will either be an additional Serve, Adventure, or a Departure Day.

 

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