Providencia Canyon Service Project - 7 Days

Costa Rican Culture, Wildlife & Service Learning

Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Professional ETA Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Transportation throughout your trip
  • Visit the Basilica de Los Angeles
  • Guided city tour in Cartago
  • Community Service project outside of Providencia Canyon
  • Participate in activities within your community
  • Visit a local coffee farm
  • Make souvenirs out of recycling material with your local community
  • Hike in Los Quetzales National Park
  • Explore the Irazú Volcano


Daily Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel to Costa Rica and Transfer to Cartago

You will depart as a group and fly to San José, Costa Rica, where your Program Leader will welcome you outside the airport. Your driver will pick you up from the airport in your comfortable bus.

You'll have lunch at a typical Costa Rican restaurant with options such as a "casado" plate with beans, rice, other side dishes, and your choice of meat.

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. In evening you will have dinner and rest at your hotel.

Days 2-5 – Host Community and Service Project

After an early 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

After breakfast 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 lunch at a local restaurant, you will drive back to your hotel near the airport.

You will arrive at your hotel and check into your rooms. 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 program comes to a close as you depart early for your flight out of San José. You'll have a breakfast box to take to the airport.





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