Costa Rica

This school trip combines making a difference conserving a variety of wildlife including monkeys, sloths and parrots with kayaking, zip lining, hiking and cooking classes, all led by expert Costa Rican guides.

Day 1 Arrive in Costa Rica

Upon arrival into Costa Rica, you are greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel near San Jose, the capital city. You have a welcome dinner and settle in to your surroundings.

Day 2 Volcanoes, coffee, waterfalls and wildlife

We get up early this morning to have the best chance of seeing Poas volcano before it clouds over. We then head to a coffee plantation to learn about coffee production.

The next stop is La Paz Waterfall Gardens where, in addition to a splendid 120-ft waterfall, you can see a wide variety of rescued wildlife, including sloths, monkeys, parrots and even ocelots and jaguars.
After this enthralling encounter we are driven to Arenal, and if the clouds are favorable, you can see your second volcano, Arenal, a perfect cone shape.

Settle in to your new hotel.

Day 3-5 Wildlife conservation volunteering

For these three days you get to make a difference at a wildlife rescue center near Arenal where, after an introduction, you will get involved in a variety of tasks that are needed to keep the center functioning, including:

  • Meal preparation
  • Feeding the animals
  • Assisting the resident vet on his rounds
  • Maintaining the enclosures
  • Building new enclosures
Day 6  Hiking, kayaking and cooking

This morning we put our hiking boots on and join our expert guide for a hike around the base of Arenal volcano.

After lunch we hit Lake Arenal for a splendid kayak exploration and finish the day with a cooking class, learning Costa Rican delights such as Gallo Pinto, ceviche, and tortillas.

Day 7 Departure

After breakfast, we head back to San Jose airport for your flight.

Essential elements:

Volunteering: Wildlife conservation (school renovation also possible)

Experiential Learning: Spanish lessons available; Cooking class

Cultural Immersion: Local guides, market visit, coffee and chocolate tour

Curriculum: Spanish, Physical Education

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