Costa Rica Service Trip

Costa Rica Service

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 9-12+

Our Costa Rican community service exploration is an exciting combination of diverse adventure travel and stimulating cultural immersion in an unspoiled tropical paradise of pristine beaches, exotic wildlife, and colorful flora. Earn 60 hours of community service while building a rural school in a cloud forest, teaching local school children English, and restoring nesting habitat for endangered sea turtles. Experience the beauty of this peaceful country by surfing on white sand beaches, rafting a jungle river, and soaring through the forest on a zipline.

21 Days

$5,495

  • June 24th - July 14th
  • July 17th - August 6th
  • San Jose, Costa Rica

Day 1-2

After landing at the international airport, our leaders will meet each student just outside of customs. As it has been a long travel day for most of us, our group will stay the first night in Costa Rica at a local hostel. After a good night sleep, everyone will be anxious to get up and start our orientation in this foreign country. Immediately following breakfast, our introduction to Costa Rica will begin with a fun day of Spanish language and cultural instruction. “Pura Vida” or “Pure Life” is the national saying amongst the local Costa Ricans. After spending just a few days in this Central American Country, it is easy to see why people take such a simple approach to life.

Day 3-6

Upon arriving in San Isidro we’ll first familiarize ourselves with our new exotic surroundings. We’ll enjoy a delicious hot meal, and discuss the upcoming service portion of our trip. There we’ll be assisting the local community in a number of ways. This year we will be focusing our efforts in a number of areas including assisting the community, teaching English to the students enrolled at the school, and working with the teachers to help improve the school. An incredibly fulfilling venture, by the time our service work is complete, we’ll have made quite a dramatic impact on this special community. Additionally, we’ll also be involved with the local school. Our first day there, the students at the school will welcome our group by performing songs, skits, and music for our group. Last year we helped build a teacher’s residence building, as well as some various other painting and restoration projects. While at the school, we’ll have the opportunity to interact with the kids and locals when we eat our lunches, as well as play soccer with the students during their free time. Each day will begin with a wonderful and filling breakfast followed by a morning walk to the village. Upon arriving at the village we’ll engage in service work until our lunchtime break. After lunch, we’ll work until the late afternoon when we return for dinner at our campsite.

Day 7-10

Following our service work in San Isidro, we will pack up our belongings, say farewell to our new friends, and head to Uvita on the Pacific Coast where we will enjoy a couple days of surfing! Our professional guides will teach us the basics from paddling out to standing on the boards and riding the gentle waves all the way to shore. We will have plenty of time to relax on the sandy beaches as well, soaking up that Costa Rican sun.

Day 11-14

After catching and riding the waves in the Pacific, we will head to our next service project in Providencia. Here we will again work with a small community, interacting with the children of the town, teaching them English and playing fun games. We will also help the community with building projects, helping to improve their everday lives.

Day 15-18

Our final service project will be focused on helping the Sea Turtles! Our beautiful service location covers a 25-mile stretch of pristine, Caribbean waterfront that borders Tortuguero National Park – and has been an important nesting site of Leatherback, Hocksbill and Green Sea Turtles for centuries. Today, each of these species is endangered, and our remote beach location provides little protection from predators or poachers. Because sea turtles are highly migratory animals, the safety of our nesting site is absolutely critical to their species’ survival. In partnering with an international biological conservation organization, we’ll engage in an important community based conservation program on the Caribbean cost. First, we’ll learn about sea turtle biology, habitats and reproductive behavior from locally-stationed scientists. Then, we’ll dive into our conservation work, dividing into teams and conducting nightly “beach patrols” where we’ll watch over turtle nesting sites, deter predators and actually re-locate some nests and eggs to safer areas. Aside from offering our protection, we’ll also enjoy the chance to interact with turtles in their natural habitat and witness each species’ nocturnal egg laying in action. Our important turtle conservation work is sure to foster some of the most meaningful memories of our journey. Moreover, we’ll gain a deep, appreciative understanding for these peaceful creatures and their essential contribution to the greater oceanic ecosystem.

Day 19-20

Today we embark on our 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 rain forests! 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! We’ll spend the night in our river-side bungalows and enjoy amazing meals prepared by our raft guides. Following our rafting adventure, we will head back to San Jose for our final night together as a group. We will celebrate the occasion with our final banquet, feasting on traditional Costa Rican cuisine.

Day 21

After our final night in Costa Rica, we’ll depart from the San Jose Airport, the same place where our trip began just 21 days ago.

Day 1-2

After landing at the international airport, our leaders will meet each student just outside of customs. As it has been a long travel day for most of us, our group will stay the first night in Costa Rica at a local hostel. After a good night sleep, everyone will be anxious to get up and start our orientation in this foreign country. Immediately following breakfast, our introduction to Costa Rica will begin with a fun day of Spanish language and cultural instruction. “Pura Vida” or “Pure Life” is the national saying amongst the local Costa Ricans. After spending just a few days in this Central American Country, it is easy to see why people take such a simple approach to life.

Day 3-6

Upon arriving in San Isidro we’ll first familiarize ourselves with our new exotic surroundings. We’ll enjoy a delicious hot meal, and discuss the upcoming service portion of our trip. There we’ll be assisting the local community in a number of ways. This year we will be focusing our efforts in a number of areas including assisting the community, teaching English to the students enrolled at the school, and working with the teachers to help improve the school. An incredibly fulfilling venture, by the time our service work is complete, we’ll have made quite a dramatic impact on this special community. Additionally, we’ll also be involved with the local school. Our first day there, the students at the school will welcome our group by performing songs, skits, and music for our group. Last year we helped build a teacher’s residence building, as well as some various other painting and restoration projects. While at the school, we’ll have the opportunity to interact with the kids and locals when we eat our lunches, as well as play soccer with the students during their free time. Each day will begin with a wonderful and filling breakfast followed by a morning walk to the village. Upon arriving at the village we’ll engage in service work until our lunchtime break. After lunch, we’ll work until the late afternoon when we return for dinner at our campsite.

Day 7-10

Following our service work in San Isidro, we will pack up our belongings, say farewell to our new friends, and head to Uvita on the Pacific Coast where we will enjoy a couple days of surfing! Our professional guides will teach us the basics from paddling out to standing on the boards and riding the gentle waves all the way to shore. We will have plenty of time to relax on the sandy beaches as well, soaking up that Costa Rican sun.

Day 11-14

After catching and riding the waves in the Pacific, we will head to our next service project in Providencia. Here we will again work with a small community, interacting with the children of the town, teaching them English and playing fun games. We will also help the community with building projects, helping to improve their everday lives.

Day 15-18

Our final service project will be focused on helping the Sea Turtles! Our beautiful service location covers a 25-mile stretch of pristine, Caribbean waterfront that borders Tortuguero National Park – and has been an important nesting site of Leatherback, Hocksbill and Green Sea Turtles for centuries. Today, each of these species is endangered, and our remote beach location provides little protection from predators or poachers. Because sea turtles are highly migratory animals, the safety of our nesting site is absolutely critical to their species’ survival. In partnering with an international biological conservation organization, we’ll engage in an important community based conservation program on the Caribbean cost. First, we’ll learn about sea turtle biology, habitats and reproductive behavior from locally-stationed scientists. Then, we’ll dive into our conservation work, dividing into teams and conducting nightly “beach patrols” where we’ll watch over turtle nesting sites, deter predators and actually re-locate some nests and eggs to safer areas. Aside from offering our protection, we’ll also enjoy the chance to interact with turtles in their natural habitat and witness each species’ nocturnal egg laying in action. Our important turtle conservation work is sure to foster some of the most meaningful memories of our journey. Moreover, we’ll gain a deep, appreciative understanding for these peaceful creatures and their essential contribution to the greater oceanic ecosystem.

Day 19-20

Today we embark on our 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 rain forests! 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! We’ll spend the night in our river-side bungalows and enjoy amazing meals prepared by our raft guides. Following our rafting adventure, we will head back to San Jose for our final night together as a group. We will celebrate the occasion with our final banquet, feasting on traditional Costa Rican cuisine.

Day 21

After our final night in Costa Rica, we’ll depart from the San Jose Airport, the same place where our trip began just 21 days ago.

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