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The beach at Manual Antonia Park

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.

Your Itinerary at a Glance

Day One

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.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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.

Day Four

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.

Day Five

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.

Day Six

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.

Day Seven

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!

Day Eight

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.

Day Nine

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.

Your Itinerary at a Glance

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:

  • Safaris through the Tilaran Mountains and Rio Tarcoles, home to over 400 plant and animal species. Keep your eyes peeled for the biggest crocodile in Costa Rica!
  • Coffee plantation tours to learn about production methods and how the world-conquering bean has shaped Costa Rica’s culture.
  • Workshops dedicated to – *drumroll please* – chocolate! A local guide will reveal the secrets of transforming cocoa into chocolate before setting the stage for a delicious taste-test.
  • Epic river rafting down the Sarapiqui River, a safe yet thrilling ride featuring dozens of toucans and other rare bird species.
  • An unforgettable day at Manuel Antonio Park, host to monkeys, sloths, and some of the most beautiful protected beaches in the world.
  • A day trip to Arenal National Park, where the naturally-heated Baldi Thermal Baths will melt the world away.
  • Guided night walks to discover the country’s vast network of nocturnal creatures.
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"What an amazing trip we had! WOW. Everyone was so pleased! We were all crying at the airport saying good-bye to Amelie. We are most pleased with our Jumpstreet experience, that’s for sure.."

Sharon, Language Teacher, British Columbia

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