Day 1 – Arrival and Travel to the
Arenal Volcano Area
You will depart as a group
and fly to San José, Costa Rica, where your Sustainable Horizon Program Leader
will welcome you in the late afternoon. After
lunch, you will continue on your travel to your host community, which lies in
the northern lowlands of this beautiful and fascinating country.
On the way, you will discuss the wonders
of Costa Rica and how resource management affects the people of this beautiful
nation. When you arrive to your host community, you will be
welcomed host families and spend the rest of the evening getting to know each
other better and sharing dinner.
Day 2-4 – Host Community and
Each morning you will enjoy breakfast with your host families. The homestay experience and
service project are the heart of your trip, an excellent way to bond with your
host community and peers through service.
In the morning on the first day you will gather at the work site to be
briefed on the service project and to meet the local leaders who will be
working with you. Each morning you will spend
time working on your service project and will return to your host families to
help prepare and enjoy lunch. After
lunch, you will meet again to continue with the community project.
In the afternoons and
evenings, you will spend time with your host families and take a few excursions
into the surrounding area to learn more about the culture of your hosts. You may also enjoy dance lessons and cooking
lessons, as well as hikes around the community.
There will also be plenty of time for afternoon fútbol (soccer) games
with the local youth. You will spend your
evenings living and learning with your host families and gathering as a group
to reflect upon your time in the community.
On your 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 5 – Waterfall Hike, Arenal Volcano
Hike, and Hot Springs
After breakfast, you’ll say
goodbye to your new family and friends before heading to a nearby private
reserve to learn more about the ecology of the area. You will hike to a beautiful waterfall and
keep an eye out for wildlife. After
lunch, you will head to your hotel in the Arenal Volcano area.
Once you have checked into your
hotel in Arenal, you will go on a hike through the national park. This hike takes you through three distinct
environments from the old volcanic flows, to the dense jungle canopy and
broadleaf underbrush. Along the way, your
Program Leader will help explain the geology of the volcano and the ecology of
this unusual environment. In the late afternoon, you
will enjoy the natural hot springs heated by the volcano and share stories
about your host families over a delicious dinner!
Day 6 – Horse Back Riding, Souvenirs Shopping, Airport Hotel, and Final Dinner
You start your day in Arenal
with a relaxing horseback ride through the rainforest. After a delicious lunch at a
typical restaurant, you will have some time to go souvenir shopping before you
drive back to the Central Valley. During your final evening, you
will celebrate with a farewell dinner reminiscing about your time shared together
in Costa Rica.
Day 7 / Depart
Today your Costa Rica
program comes to a close as you depart for your flight out of San José.