Day 1 – Arrival and Travel to Host Community
You will depart as a
group and fly to San José, Costa Rica where your Sustainable Horizon Program
Leader will welcome you. Then, You will
enjoy scenic views as you head to your host community in a mountainous area
south of the capital. On the way, your Program Leader will discuss the wonders
of Costa Rica with you and how resource management affects the people of this
When you arrive, you will
be welcomed into your host community and spend the rest of the evening getting
to know your host families.
Days 2-5 – Host Community and Service Project
The homestay experience and
service project, the heart of your program, are 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. On the first day, you will meet
in the morning at the work site to be briefed on the service project and to
meet the local leaders who will be working with your group.
Each morning you will spend
time working on your much-needed service project before returning to your host
families to help prepare and enjoy lunch.
After lunch, you will meet again to continue your service work.
In the afternoons you will
have some downtime to participate in activities and excursions such as playing
fútbol (soccer) with the local youth, touring the local fruit farms that help
to sustain the community, or hiking through the secondary forest. You will also
have the opportunity to learn some Costa Rican cooking and Latin dancing from
your host siblings and other community members. Finally, you will spend your
evenings living and learning with your host family and gathering as a group to
reflect upon your experiences.
One day you will break from
work and visit a local coffee farm. Here
you will experience the process from bean to cup while learning about history
of the most important export of Costa Rica during the 20th Century.
On the final day in the
community, you will wrap up your community service project, basking in the
satisfaction of a job well done. For your
final evening, you will gather with the host families and community members to
celebrate the completed project.
Day 6 – Host Community - Irazu Volcano - Cartago
After breakfast you
will say goodbye to your host families and 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.
On our way back to
the Central Valley you will stop in Cartago to 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.
When you arrive at your lodging
near the international airport, you will settle in and prepare for your final
evening. Tonight you will celebrate with
a farewell dinner and reminiscence about your program. This will be a delicious feast of Costa Rican
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