Costa Rica Pura Vida

Costa Rica Pura Vida

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 7-9

Combine Spanish language education, adventurous exploration, cultural immersion and community service in the tropical paradise of Costa Rica. Earn 40 hours of community service, raft a jungle river, soar through the forest on a zipline, take Spanish lessons, and relax on pristine white sand beaches.

14 Days

$4,195

  • June 22nd - July 5th
  • July 8th - July 21st
  • July 24th - August 6th
  • San Jose, Costa Rica

Day 1

After an evening landing in San Jose, we will head to our nearby hostel to begin our adventure! After a good night’s sleep, everyone will be anxious to get up and start our orientation in this foreign country!

Day 2-6

After a delicious breakfast, we’ll head over to our language school to begin our first day of classes. By balancing formalized language instruction with community service and immersive activities that explore the sights and culture of Costa Rica, we’re certain to build both new language skills and solidify our ability to apply those skills in the real world. Before diving into coursework, we’ll each take a brief assessment to determine our skills and existing abilities, allowing us each to enjoy and benefit from a small class that’s both rewarding and engaging. During each day in the classroom, we’ll enjoy highly interactive half-day classes facilitated by native-speaking professional language teachers.

Day 7

Today we embark on a hike through the famous Cloud Forest. Learning about local plants and animals on this guided tour through one of the world’s most stunning rainforests.

Day 8-9

Next up, exciting surfing instruction on the Pacific Coast! Here, our professional surfing instructors will introduce us to this fun and empowering sport in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. With wide, stable boards, you will be amazed how quickly one can pick up surfing. The beginner beach breaks provide rolling waves that one can ride for several hundred yards. Before you know it, you will be “hanging ten” in Costa Rica.

Day 10-11

After a weekend on the coast, we will head north to Arenal on our way to the Pacuare. After a cozy night’s sleep we will fly through the skies on an incredible zipline tour, taking us back and forth above the valley floor. Take in the volcano at night from our restaurant – we might even see some lava flowing from it!

Day 12-14

As the culminating activity for our wonderful journey, we’ll embark on a fantastic overnight rafting trip down the mighty Pacuare River, through virgin forests and steep gorges towering above the riverbanks. The Pacuare offers some of the finest rapids in Latin America, as well as an exciting ride down a breathtaking tropical river that winds deep inside one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primordial rainforests! After everyone is briefed on safety measures, our remarkable rafting voyage down this renowned river begins. Untouched wilderness stretches out in every direction as your raft squeezes between huge boulders and runs long stretches of powerful rapids. The thick undergrowth provides shelter for jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, sloths and a myriad of species of colorful tropical birds. Costa Rica adventures don’t get any better than this! During these final days in Costa Rica we’ll return to San Jose where we’ll have an opportunity to explore this thriving downtown area. One last chance to soak in the culture as we visit museums, historic spots and restaurants before we meet for our end of the trip banquet. Our departing banquet is a time to celebrate the magic that we just experienced with our new friends from all over the United States. It’s also a time to revel in our accomplishments and reminisce over good times. On our final day we’ll depart from the San Jose Airport.

Day 1

After an evening landing in San Jose, we will head to our nearby hostel to begin our adventure! After a good night’s sleep, everyone will be anxious to get up and start our orientation in this foreign country!

Day 2-6

After a delicious breakfast, we’ll head over to our language school to begin our first day of classes. By balancing formalized language instruction with community service and immersive activities that explore the sights and culture of Costa Rica, we’re certain to build both new language skills and solidify our ability to apply those skills in the real world. Before diving into coursework, we’ll each take a brief assessment to determine our skills and existing abilities, allowing us each to enjoy and benefit from a small class that’s both rewarding and engaging. During each day in the classroom, we’ll enjoy highly interactive half-day classes facilitated by native-speaking professional language teachers.

Day 7

Today we embark on a hike through the famous Cloud Forest. Learning about local plants and animals on this guided tour through one of the world’s most stunning rainforests.

Day 8-9

Next up, exciting surfing instruction on the Pacific Coast! Here, our professional surfing instructors will introduce us to this fun and empowering sport in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. With wide, stable boards, you will be amazed how quickly one can pick up surfing. The beginner beach breaks provide rolling waves that one can ride for several hundred yards. Before you know it, you will be “hanging ten” in Costa Rica.

Day 10-11

After a weekend on the coast, we will head north to Arenal on our way to the Pacuare. After a cozy night’s sleep we will fly through the skies on an incredible zipline tour, taking us back and forth above the valley floor. Take in the volcano at night from our restaurant – we might even see some lava flowing from it!

Day 12-14

As the culminating activity for our wonderful journey, we’ll embark on a fantastic overnight rafting trip down the mighty Pacuare River, through virgin forests and steep gorges towering above the riverbanks. The Pacuare offers some of the finest rapids in Latin America, as well as an exciting ride down a breathtaking tropical river that winds deep inside one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primordial rainforests! After everyone is briefed on safety measures, our remarkable rafting voyage down this renowned river begins. Untouched wilderness stretches out in every direction as your raft squeezes between huge boulders and runs long stretches of powerful rapids. The thick undergrowth provides shelter for jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, sloths and a myriad of species of colorful tropical birds. Costa Rica adventures don’t get any better than this! During these final days in Costa Rica we’ll return to San Jose where we’ll have an opportunity to explore this thriving downtown area. One last chance to soak in the culture as we visit museums, historic spots and restaurants before we meet for our end of the trip banquet. Our departing banquet is a time to celebrate the magic that we just experienced with our new friends from all over the United States. It’s also a time to revel in our accomplishments and reminisce over good times. On our final day we’ll depart from the San Jose Airport.