Costa Rica Cultural Exchange- 7 Days

Service Learning with Homestay + Irazu Volcano Hike

Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Professional ETA Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Transportation throughout your trip
  • Community Service project in Costa Rica
  • Participate in activities within your community
  • Guided tour of a local coffee farm
  • Visit & hike the Irazú Volcano
  • Free time in Cartago
  • Visit the Basilica de Los Angeles


Daily Itinerary

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 beautiful nation.

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 delicacies.

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.





OUR PRICE GUARANTEE

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Once your group enrolls in a trip, the price will never change. Here is what you will get on every trip:



Customization

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Chaperones travel for free!

Just tell us how many free places you need.

Medical & Trip Delay Insurance

ETA includes up to $50,000 per person in medical coverage and insurance protection for travel delays.

Optional Trip Cancellation Insurance

This even includes a "cancel for any reason" option.

24 Hour Support

We have staff available 24/7 via phone for any emergency.

Full-time Tour Manager

ETA's professional Tour Manager will be with you throughout your trip.

Air, Land & Water Transportation

We include all transportation... to, from and during your trip.

Accommodations

Hotel, homestay and/or hostel options are customized according to your preferences, itinerary and budget.

Sightseeing & Entrance Fees

If it is included in your itinerary, any fees and/or tickets are covered.

Meals

You choose which meals are included in your program.