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Costa Rica

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Group Travel in Costa Rica

Infuse is proud to offer an extensive range of Costa Rica student travel programs. These range from sea turtle conservation, to working with an indigenous tribe in the Caribbean, to exploring the jungle in Corcovado National Park. We also work with the Kuna Indians on the San Blas Archipelago in Panama. We are proud to introduce our students to this beautiful destination through service and adventure!

We custom design student travel in Costa Rica for school groups. Please contact us to discuss the type of experience you are looking for. As a general guide, here are some of the potential elements of your Costa Rica student travel program.

Costa Rica At a Glance

Capital City

San José

Population

4.9 Million

Currency

Costa Rican Colon (CRC)

Time Zone

Colombia Time (COT), UTC -5

Languages

Spanish

How to say hello

Hola

Service Projects

Infuse has established long-term partnerships with communities, villages and local non-government organisations. Experience for yourself the power of sustainable environmental development programs. Contribute to sea turtle conservation efforts or lend a hand with remote village infrastructure projects or social development and engagement activities. Some of our service projects that you could support on your student travel in Costa Rica include:

Reforestation Projects: Replant trees on the Osa Peninsula.

Environmental conservation: Help in a recycling centre or help in local gardens.

Education Enrichment: Run extra-curricular activities and tutor in English classes for local students around Costa Rica.

BriBri & Sarapiqui Village Service: Teach English, help with small-scale construction work and improve local infrastructure.

Turtle Conservation: Work alongside National Park Rangers to protect this beautiful creature and its habitat. Assist in the turtle hatcheries, beach clean-ups, reforestation and egg-collection projects.

Summer Leadership Camp: Work together to create and run a summer camp for local kids. Develop meaningful connections with the kids through fun and educational activities.

Cultural Exploration

During your Costa Rican student travel experience you will experience the warmth and laid-back vibe of tico culture. Discover the beaches, towns, and jungles. Immerse yourself in the indigenous culture of the Bribri. Hone your Spanish skills through immersive homestays. Get adventurous and zip line through the rainforest. You may like to incorporate some of the following experiences into your student travel in Costa Rica:

BriBri Cultural Activities: BriBri community and culture is very welcoming. During your time here you will have the opportunity to learn about this village’s way of life. In addition, you’ll learn about how to use the cacao plant to make chocolate and about BriBri’s use of medicinal plants.

The Maleku Community: Interacting with the Maleku community is a unique opportunity. You will play games and practice Spanish with the local children and learn about this fascinating culture. The Maleku are one of Costa Rica’s eight remaining indigenous groups. They have lived in the northern region of Costa Rica for centuries. Today, only about 600 Maleku people still live in three communities in northern Costa Rica on a reservation that is a fraction of the size of their former lands.

Costa Rican Wildlife: Home to some of the most bio-diverse swaths of land and sea on the planet, Costa Rica is famed for its natural environment. Costa Ricans – or Ticos, as they’re called here – are intensely proud and protective of their lands. They have put their country on the map as the world leader in eco-tourism and environmental protection! Learn, firsthand, about some of the methods used in sustainable development areas.

Adventure and Challenge

Adventure and challenge is inherent to every Costa Rica student travel program, however, if you are looking to physically challenge your students through a specific activity, you may opt to include:

Surfing: Learn to carve up some waves in a series of surf lessons from local legends.

Kayak, Sail, And Snorkel: Get out on the warm Costa Rican ocean to try your hand at any of these activities.

White-water rafting: Throw on a lifejacket and head for 1 or more days down the Pacuare River for a rafting adventure.

Sleep in a cave: A truly Infuse experience, this camp is set behind a giant waterfall. The camp has all the facilities to make a night out here comfortable with beds, bathrooms, a kitchen and even a fire pit!

Rappelling waterfalls: Led by professionals in the industry, rappel down towering waterfalls into the jungle below. One of the waterfalls is 50 metres tall!

Zip-lining: Zip-lining in Costa Rica is a breathtaking experience. As you shoot through the rainforest canopy you can hear howler monkeys and birds cheer as you reach lightning speed.

Accommodations

There are various accommodation options that we can offer in Costa Rica on student travel programs. It depends on the type of experience you’re looking for.

Hotels: A variety of 3, 4 & 5 star hotels in cities and towns.

Homestays: Students can stay in the homes of local families in remote villages.

Volcano & Rainforest Base House: A large property located near the town of La Fortuna, this large house has capacity for groups of more than 60.

Turrialba Base House: A traditional Costa Rican townhouse that is set in the Turrialba Valley and is known for its proximity to adventure activities.

Surf Base House: Perched on a hill overlooking the rainforest, this multi-story surf house is located just outside the coastal town of Uvita. With easy access to consistent surf, this is a great spot for beginners or advanced surfers.

River Lodge: Located on the banks of the Pacuare River, the lodge is used primarily for rafters that are on overnight trips.

Luxury Tents: Camping in shared tents when in remote places is a great way to experience the Costa Rican wilderness.

Country Management

Ricardo Romero

Operations Director – Costa Rica

Ricardo has been working in ecotourism since he first served as a river guide while completing his degree in Business Administration at La Universidad de Costa Rica. He was part of Costa Rica’s 1998 National Rafting Team and participated in the white water rafting World Championships. In 2005 he changed gears and started his journey in experiential education. Ricardo is a calm, collected, and analytical operator who brings a unique and balanced perspective to the business operations to our team. Outside of work, Ricardo enjoys spending time with his wife Marcela and son Mateo on the beach, up in the mountains, or in the rivers of his native Costa Rica.

Wainer O'Campo

Operations Manager – Costa Rica

Wainer grew up in a big family on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and ventured to the capital of San Jose for university. His studies took him abroad for a year-long exchange in rural Ohio, where his love for travel and intercultural exchange was first sparked. His experience, balanced management, and curious mindset make him a critical member of the Offbeat leadership team. He has managed and led programs in the United States, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Central America, and continues to travel in his spare time, bringing with him his high energy and insight into service, education, and socially impactful travel.

Sample Itinerary

Spend a week participating in service and adventure activities in beautiful Costa Rica. Its rainforests, volcanic peaks, and two coasts make Costa Rica one of the most beautiful nations in Central America. Home to some of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, Costa Rica is famed for its natural environment and commitment to preserving it.

Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica!

Arrive into San Jose Airport (SJO) and meet your Infuse Program Leaders who will be with you for the duration of the program. Head to the hotel and settle in, relax after your long flight, and join the group for an orientation discussion about the week ahead, expectations for your adventure, and an introduction to the local culture.

Day 2: Drive to Fortuna and Cultural Presentation

Wake up early for breakfast at the hotel and head North towards La Fortuna. Enjoy the beautiful and scenic ride through the cloud forest to finally arrive in the hometown of the famous Arenal Volcano. After lunch your Program Leaders will spend some time getting to know you better and learn about your expectations for the trip.

This first evening, your host village will share a cultural presentation including local music and dance, and some stories about the community you are collaborating with. This is a beautiful night of sharing and learning, and will give you lots of inspiration for your next few days in town.

Day 3: Community Infrastructure Projects

Contribute to service initiatives in the villages around La Fortuna. Split your time between morning and afternoon service sessions. Choose from a variety of ongoing service initiatives designed and monitored by Inbound staff in cooperation with local community leaders. Projects will focus on community infrastructure development, educational facility improvement, and environmental initiatives and will vary by day and the community-initiated projects. Our team will provide you more details about your projects closer to the date of travel; typically you will contribute to a few projects over the course of a few days work to see varied sides of community projects.

Day 4: Community Infrastructure Projects and Hot Springs!

During your second day on service projects, you will jump right in and improve your technique and understanding of what the projects mean to the community. These are projects that would take years for communities to fundraise for, and they are contributing a lot to the sense of pride and shared space for members of the village. Work one last full day of service to earn a really nice reward, because this evening the group will have an early dinner and then will have a very chill and relaxing time in the natural hot springs, made from naturally heated volcanic water. Arenal Volcano is known for these hot springs!

Day 5: Zipline Through the Rainforest and Hike in a National Park!

Get ready to zipline through the rainforest canopy! You’ll ride an open-air gondola up to an observation deck for fantastic views of the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake. From this area, you will start riding down on a zip line track stretching across canyons and in between treetops. This is the most thrilling zip line in the country!

In the afternoon the group will be hiking through the different trails of the Arenal Volcano National Park. Get really close to the lava tracks of its last eruption in 1968 and enjoy stunning views of this perfectly cone-shaped volcano. Spot wildlife while you walk along the trails and learn about Costa Rica’s flora and fauna with your local naturalist guide. During the evening a local salsa dance instructor will join the group to teach you the basic steps of salsa, merengue, bachata and other latin dances.

Day 6: Rafting Adventure!

Get suited up, grab your paddles, and hit the rapids of the Sarapiquí river! As you raft down the river, enjoy the rich greenery and fun rapids that have earned the Sarapiquí a reputation as one of the most enjoyable whitewater in the world. Stop along the way for a buffet picnic on the riverbanks. At the pull-out point, you will be able to shower, change your clothes and make your own sandwiches for lunch before going back to your hotel.

After getting some rest, taking a nap and refreshing, head out to the town of La Fortuna to do some souvenir shopping and eat an ice cream or drink a smoothie with your friends.

Day 7: Chocolate Tour and Back to the Capital City

Spend your last morning in La Fortuna visiting a cocoa plantation, where you will learn the history of this delicious plant, and will have lots of fun making your own chocolate recipes during the all-you-can-eat activity at the end of the tour. Eat one last lunch before you start driving back through the rainforest and mountains to San Jose. Stop along the way for snacks and take some pictures of the breathtaking views of cloud forests. Then join your group for a big last dinner celebration in the country’s capital.

Day 8: ¡Adiós, Costa Rica!

We hope the people you’ve met, perspectives you’ve gained and lessons you’ve learned will serve you well as you head home to use your new Spanish skills in your own community. Your Program Leaders will take you to the airport for your departure as you say goodbyes and reflect on your adventure.


Special Requests

Please chat to us if you have any special requests that you would like included in your journey.

There is nothing too big, small, or out-of-the-box that we can’t handle.

What Next?

Please contact us to start designing your journey!

We would be delighted to partner with your school to support the global education of your students.