From sandy beaches to lush tropical forests to stunning landscapes and wildlife, you don’t have to look far to see why this beautiful and fascinating country’s name translates to “the rich coast”. And our Integration & Immersion Program is deep Spanish immersion for your students while also getting involved in local development and social initiatives that promote sustainability... with awesome day trips to all of Costa Rica's most iconic attractions, of course.
Arrive in San Jose, meet your tour leader at the airport, hop on your motorcoach, and transfer to the hotel to check-in for a well-deserved night’s rest.
Following breakfast, you’ll venture to Heredia and spend the day exploring the Poas Volcano National Park. The volcano is still active!
Visit a coffee plantation where you’ll learn about the production and how coffee has shaped Costa Rica’s culture throughout the years.
After breakfast and orientation at the hotel with your tour leader, it’s time to head off to Sarapiqui!
Delve into a workshop dedicated to chocolate. You’ll learn about the history of the cocoa tree, and tour an ancient plantation where your local guide will reveal the secrets of the cocoa fruit. And what better way to conclude than by sampling organic tropical forest chocolate?
Check in to the Pozo Azul Tent Suites, where you’ll enjoy the comfort of a luxury tropical tent hotel. Complete with electricity, a bathroom, and a superb view from your personal terrace.
Rafting adventure on the Sarapiqui River! It’s ideal for beginners and experts alike, a smooth but exciting ride accompanied by the view of dozens of toucans and other rare bird species.
Following lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll embark on an epic zip-lining excursion from more than 45 feet up amidst the tropical forest.
After dinner at the Pozo Azul Lodge, you’ll venture out into the night for a guided visit of unique insects, reptiles, and other nocturnal animals.
After breakfast and orientation with your tour leader, it’s time to head out to Arenal!
Lace up your boots and visit the Arenal National Park for a hike to the foot of the active volcano.
Free time for lunch in the village of La Fortuna.
Check in to the hotel before dipping into the relaxing Baldi Thermal Baths. The water is naturally heated by the volcano and the temperature varies from pool to pool. Oh, and did we mention waterslides?
Buffet dinner at the local Baldi Restaurant before heading back to the hotel for a well-deserved night’s rest.
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and orientation and hit the road for Quepos!
You’ll detour for lunch through the Tilaran Mountains, which contain 437 plant and animal species.
It’s safari time! Exploring the Rio Tarcoles is the perfect way to observe the biggest wild crocodiles of Costa Rica. You’ll discover vast mangroves and the wide variety of birds that call them home, and observe the crocodiles and flamingos in their natural habitat.
Arrive in Quepos, check in to your hotel and settle in for dinner, free time, and a well-deserved night’s rest.
It’s time to head out to the legendary Manuel Antonio Park, a lush network of tropical forest and pristine sandy beaches. Picnics, wildlife, and free time on some of the world’s best beaches await!
Spend the morning on the beach. Ever wondered how you’d fare on a surfboard? Lessons are available (individual expense; one teacher per three students).
Lunch, then it’s all aboard! Next stop: San Jose.
Arrive in the nation’s capital in time to check in to your hotel, grab some dinner and settle in for the night.
Make your way to the airport to check-in for your flight home.
Arrive home, where friends and family will be eager to hear all about your Costa Rican adventure.
This Costa Rica program gets you and your students involved in local development and social initiatives that promote sustainability.
You’ll stay in Herradura, a rural town near Chirripo National Park in the Talamanca Mountains. You’ll work with the Asociacion de Desarollo Integral (ADI), a co-op that oversees local affairs in Herradura.
Your goal is to help the ADI improve the community’s quality of life through a range of initiatives and projects, all while being totally immersed in Spanish.
Your students will come away not only near-fluent but also with a great appreciation of what it takes to be the change you want to see in this world.
Of course, as a reward for all this great work we’ve woven elements of our classic Costa Rica program, with day trips and overnight excursions to all the greats, such as:
A CUSTOMIZABLE and PRIVATE itinerary chock-full of programming that’s as entertaining as it is engaging. We won’t combine you with other groups
A young, dynamic and inspiring Tour Leader who will stay with you 24/7 and bring your itinerary to life. Our Tour Leaders are generally trained by us, though we occasionally work with third-party guide services vetted by our Ops department.
Complimentary chaperone ratio to suit your group’s requirements
Airfare (if applicable) booked for you according to your needs ten months prior to departure… no last-minute surprises!
Ground transportation; we carefully select reputable and reliable suppliers
Centrally-located 3 star hotels; we want you to experience the destination, not the traffic
Cultural dining experiences so that the learning continues at the table
All entrances and guided tours where indicated in your itinerary
Backpacks and ID bracelets for safety, comfort and convenience
24/7 emergency support, with a direct patch to our senior staff
Your money placed in a bonded trust account
$25M in liability protection for both teachers and chaperones