Day 1 – Travel to Costa Rica and Transfer to Cartago
Today you'll start your Costa Rica adventure to make unforgettable memories with your group. Upon arrival, you'll meet with your Tour Manager and begin your adventures.
You will begin your drive to your host community. Along the way you will have the opportunity
to see a glimpse of the capital city San Jose and other major cities in the
Central Valley. When you reach the city
of Cartago you will have some time to explore. While in Cartago you will visit the world renowned Basilica de Los
Angeles. Here you will learn about the legend of the church and why every year
millions of people make a pilgrimage to the exact place you’ll be standing. You
will also have time to explore the main plaza, take in the Tico (Costa Rican)
culture and shop for souvenirs.
Days 2-5 – Host Community and Service Project
After breakfast, you will continue driving to your host community. These last few hours will be magical, driving on a gravel road with amazing views of the Southern Mountains of the Central Valley.
Upon arrival to the community, you will be welcomed by some community members in the town hall. Here you will have the opportunity to meet the people you will be working closely with on your project. After introductions you will head towards your lodge were you will stay and have most of your meals during your time in the community. The lodge is located in the Providencia Canyon right by a clear water river, with breathtaking views of the Santos Forest Reserve and Quetzal National Park. It is a rustic wood structure that fits perfectly in its natural environment. You will feel as if you were transported to the Costa Rica of the first half of the Twentieth Century.
Once you settle into the lodge you will get started on your service project. The service project will be the heart of your program, and an excellent way to bond with your host community and peers through service. The multi-day service project will help the host community address local needs. Each morning you will spend time working on your project before returning to the lodge to enjoy lunch. After lunch, you will meet again to continue your service work.
During some mornings or afternoons (depending on the weather) you will:
· Visit a local coffee farm. Here you will learn the process of creating a cup of coffee in the way it was done almost a century ago. First you will visit an organic coffee plantation, if it's harvesting season you will have the opportunity to harvest the coffee beans right from the plant. Later, you will learn the process that converts the beans into an amazing cup of steamy coffee.
· Souvenir making with recycling material. The community of Providencia doesn't have a garbage truck to collect their garbage. This is why the community members have created very ingenious ways to reuse most of the plastic and paper their everyday lives produce. During one of the afternoons in the community you will participate in a workshop to learn how to turn old newspapers into art. You will not only have the opportunity to see an expert at work, but participate in a hands on workshop to make your own souvenir.
· Local hike. Providencia is surrounded by two very important parks. One of them is Los Quetzales National Park with an extension of 117 hectares (289 acres). You are fortunate enough that one of the trails that leads into the park is next to the community. This is a mild hike will take you on an adventure through creeks, ancient giant trees with incredible opportunities to see wildlife including one of the most beautiful birds in the tropics, the quetzal. You will hike in a circular trail for approximately two hours and return back to the community.
· Play fútbol (soccer) with the local youth
· Learn some Costa Rican cooking by helping prepare an easy traditional plate.
· Latin dancing from community youth and other community members.
· Participate in conversational English meetings with community members of all ages to help them improve their English skills.
On the final full day in the community you will start to wrap up your service project, basking in the satisfaction of a job well done. For your final evening, you will gather with community members to celebrate your time shared together and the project.
Day 6 – Host Community - Irazu Volcano - Cartago
This morning, you will say goodbye to your host community before heading to explore Irazú Volcano, the highest volcano in Costa Rica. You will drive part way up the volcano and walk to the summit where you will see one of the most beautiful crater lakes in Costa Rica. You will then go on a hike around the crater.
After, you will have some free time to relax before preparing for your final dinner in Costa Rica.
Tonight you will share laughs and memories as you celebrate your time shared together in Costa Rica with a farewell dinner. For dinner you will enjoy a delicious feast of local delicacies and be treated to some special entertainment and a beautiful view of the city below.
Day 7 – Depart
Today your Costa Rica adventures come to an end as you journey back home.
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