Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 9-12

Our three-week Costa Rica adventure is an exciting combination of community service, diverse adventure travel and stimulating cultural immersion in an unspoiled tropical paradise of pristine beaches, exotic wildlife, and colorful flora. Earn 45 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, exploring the Corcovado National Park, snorkeling, and soaring through the forest on a zipline.

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21 Days

$5,895

  • June 22nd - July 12th
  • July 15th - August 4th
  • San Jose, Costa Rica

Day 1-2

After landing at the international airport in San Jose, you trip leaders will meet you and the rest of your group just outside of customs. As it has been a long travel day for most of you, you will spend your first night together at a local hostel close by, playing games, going over your trip itinerary, and getting excited for the adventure to come.  After a good night’s sleep, you will be up and ready to explore this beautiful country. You and your group will head to the San Gerardo Rivas community and take an afternoon of Spanish language learning. The next day, you will begin your first service project among the San Gerardo locals. 

Day 3-8

At San Gerardo, you will focus your efforts on helping the community with various projects at the local school. You will work to improve it’s buildings, it’s playgrounds, and evening doing your part to create new sporting fields. While at the school, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the kids and locals, practicing your Spanish skills, and even 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. One of your evenings, you will take part in a cultural dance lesson, and to break up your five days of service, you’ll take a day off to go for a day hike around the mountainous countryside. From here, you will head south to Playa Blanca, close to Puerto Jimenez on the Peninsula de Osa, for your next service component.

Day 9-10

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

Day 11-13

The next few days will be spent exploring the very waters that you just worked so diligently to protect. Bringing out the sea kayaks, you will spend three days and two nights along the coast of the Golfo Dulce in the bay that separates the Osa Peninsula from the mainland of Costa Rica. You will meander through pristine rainforest coastlines and famous mangrove forests. Staying overnight on a coconut and pineapple farm is the perfect location to relax after a hard day’s paddle!

Day 14-15

Following your kayaking trip and your time spent on the Osa Peninsula, you will pack up your bags and head north to the small coastal village of Uvita. Uvita is also on the Pacific Coast, and is the perfect spot to learn how to surf! You and your group will spend the next two days learning how to surf with professional local guides. You will learn the basics from how to paddle out safely beyond the break of the waves, to standing up on your board and riding the gentle waves all the way to shore. You will have plenty of time to relax on the white sandy beaches as well, soaking up that Costa Rican sun. 

Day 16-17

When the surf is up, you’ll spend the next two days exploring the biodiversity that Costa Rica is so well known for. You’ll take a day trip to Corcovado National Park and hike the inland coastal routes through beaches, mangrove swamps, and lowland rainforests. Corcovado is one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, so you’ll be keeping your eyes peeled for jaguars, squirrel monkeys, and scarlet macaws.

The next day, you’ll take a boat ride on the Pacific side of Costa Rica to Canos Island, a biological reserve known for it’s turquoise blue waters and colorful coral reefs. You and your group will spend the days snorkeling in one of the country’s best spots!

Day 18-21

The culminating activity of your Costa Rican adventure will be an incredible overnight rafting trip down the mighty Pacuare River. The Pacuare River offers some of the finest rapids in Latin America, and is the quintessential tropical river with breathtaking views of steep canyon walls and untouched wilderness. You’ll raft through virgin forests and steep gorges. After everyone is briefed on river safety measures, you’ll take to river and navigate through thrilling rapids and huge boulders. 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! You’ll spend the night in river-side bungalows and enjoy amazing meals prepared by your raft guides.

You will then head back to San Jose for your final night together as a group. You will celebrate all that you have accomplished on this amazing adventure with a final banquet, feasting on traditional Costa Rican cuisine. The next morning, you’ll depart from the San Jose Airport, the same place where your trip began just 21 days ago.

Day 1-2

After landing at the international airport in San Jose, you trip leaders will meet you and the rest of your group just outside of customs. As it has been a long travel day for most of you, you will spend your first night together at a local hostel close by, playing games, going over your trip itinerary, and getting excited for the adventure to come.  After a good night’s sleep, you will be up and ready to explore this beautiful country. You and your group will head to the San Gerardo Rivas community and take an afternoon of Spanish language learning. The next day, you will begin your first service project among the San Gerardo locals. 

Day 3-8

At San Gerardo, you will focus your efforts on helping the community with various projects at the local school. You will work to improve it’s buildings, it’s playgrounds, and evening doing your part to create new sporting fields. While at the school, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the kids and locals, practicing your Spanish skills, and even 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. One of your evenings, you will take part in a cultural dance lesson, and to break up your five days of service, you’ll take a day off to go for a day hike around the mountainous countryside. From here, you will head south to Playa Blanca, close to Puerto Jimenez on the Peninsula de Osa, for your next service component.

Day 9-10

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

Day 11-13

The next few days will be spent exploring the very waters that you just worked so diligently to protect. Bringing out the sea kayaks, you will spend three days and two nights along the coast of the Golfo Dulce in the bay that separates the Osa Peninsula from the mainland of Costa Rica. You will meander through pristine rainforest coastlines and famous mangrove forests. Staying overnight on a coconut and pineapple farm is the perfect location to relax after a hard day’s paddle!

Day 14-15

Following your kayaking trip and your time spent on the Osa Peninsula, you will pack up your bags and head north to the small coastal village of Uvita. Uvita is also on the Pacific Coast, and is the perfect spot to learn how to surf! You and your group will spend the next two days learning how to surf with professional local guides. You will learn the basics from how to paddle out safely beyond the break of the waves, to standing up on your board and riding the gentle waves all the way to shore. You will have plenty of time to relax on the white sandy beaches as well, soaking up that Costa Rican sun. 

Day 16-17

When the surf is up, you’ll spend the next two days exploring the biodiversity that Costa Rica is so well known for. You’ll take a day trip to Corcovado National Park and hike the inland coastal routes through beaches, mangrove swamps, and lowland rainforests. Corcovado is one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, so you’ll be keeping your eyes peeled for jaguars, squirrel monkeys, and scarlet macaws.

The next day, you’ll take a boat ride on the Pacific side of Costa Rica to Canos Island, a biological reserve known for it’s turquoise blue waters and colorful coral reefs. You and your group will spend the days snorkeling in one of the country’s best spots!

Day 18-21

The culminating activity of your Costa Rican adventure will be an incredible overnight rafting trip down the mighty Pacuare River. The Pacuare River offers some of the finest rapids in Latin America, and is the quintessential tropical river with breathtaking views of steep canyon walls and untouched wilderness. You’ll raft through virgin forests and steep gorges. After everyone is briefed on river safety measures, you’ll take to river and navigate through thrilling rapids and huge boulders. 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! You’ll spend the night in river-side bungalows and enjoy amazing meals prepared by your raft guides.

You will then head back to San Jose for your final night together as a group. You will celebrate all that you have accomplished on this amazing adventure with a final banquet, feasting on traditional Costa Rican cuisine. The next morning, you’ll depart from the San Jose Airport, the same place where your trip began just 21 days ago.