Costa Rica: Service Learning

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Length

9 days

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Price

$990

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Destinations

San Jose & Cahuita

Giving back to the community and improving the environment is what this program is all about! Students will be given the opportunity to work on 5 amazing service learning projects during their time in Cahuita, a small town on the Caribbean coast with just over one thousand inhabitants.

1. Cahuita National Park: Work with naturalist guides to cleanup beaches, install garbage containers, perform trail maintenance, and paint ranger stations.

2. Cahuita Elementary School: Tutor elementary students for 30 minutes per day. Additionally, work with the school’s community garden, recycling center, and arts and crafts classes.

3. Cahuita Murals & Paintings : Work with local artists to paint murals portraying educational messages, and messages of positivity, self-esteem, respect, and love for one another.

4. Caribbean Cultural Center: Work alongside local artisans to learn how to make natural cosmetics, cultivate medicinal plants, make natural artisanal jewelry, learn traditional music and dance, and participate in Caribbean cooking classes.

5. Cahuita Community Fruit Tree Planting Service Project: Work with local students and naturalist guides to plant various fruit trees throughout Cahuita.

Program includes

  • 8 Nights of Accommodation
  • Daily Continental Breakfast & 1 Lunch
  • Nightly Dinners
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Full-Time Guide & Assistance
  • San Jose Walking Tour
  • 25 Hours of Service Learning & Volunteer Projects
  • Naturalist Walking Tours
  • Cahuita National Park
  • Coral Reef Snorkeling
  • Surfing Lessons
  • Nocturnal Wildlife Tour Hike
  • Bribri Indigenous Community Visit: Medicinal Plants, Traditions, & Chocolate Making
  • Introduction to Natural Products, Medicinal Plants, & Artisanal Jewelry
  • Traditional Caribbean Cooking Classes
  • Introduction to Local Dance & Calypso Music
  • Rio Pacuare White Water Rafting

Itinerary

DAY 01– San Jose

  • Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Transfer to Accommodations
  • Check In, Relax, & Refresh
  • San Jose Walking Tour
  • Welcome Dinner & Program Orientation

DAY 02– Cahuita

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Transfer to Cahuita–Caribbean Coast
  • Check In, Town Orientation, & Discussions on Projects & the Community
  • Cahuita Welcome Lunch
  • Playa Negra
  • Traditional Caribbean Cooking Class

DAY 03– Cahuita

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Cahuita National Park Naturalist Wildlife Tour
  • Cahuita National Park Service Projects
  • Lunch Break (Meal not included)
  • Elementary School Service Project
  • Community Garden Service Project
  • Group Dinner & Discussions
  • Introduction to Local Dance & Calypso Music

DAY 04– Cahuita

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Surfing Lessons
  • Lunch Break (Meal not included)
  • Elementary School Service Project
  • Community Recycling Center Service Project
  • Free Time & Cultural Immersion
  • Group Dinner & Discussions
  • Nocturnal Wildlife Tour Hike

DAY 05– Cahuita

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Bribri Indigenous Community Visit: Medicinal Plants, Traditions, & Chocolate Making
  • Traditional Bribri Group Lunch & Bribri Waterfall
  • Return to Cahuita
  • Elementary School Service Project
  • Group Dinner & Discissions

DAY 06– Cahuita

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Cahuita National Park Coral Reef Snorkeling
  • Lunch Break (Meal not included)
  • Community Painting & Murals Service Project
  • Farmers Market
  • Group Dinner & Discussions
  • Caribbean Cultural Center: Natural Products, Medicinal Plants, & Artisanal Jewelry

DAY 07– Cahuita

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Trash Heroes Beach Cleanup Service Project
  • Lunch Break (Meal not included)
  • Elementary School Service Project
  • Community Fruit Tree Planting Service Project
  • Group Dinner & Caribbean Farewell Party

DAY 08– San Jose

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Rio Pacuare White Water Rafting
  • Transfer to San Jose
  • Local Crafts Market
  • Farewell Dinner & Program Closing

DAY 9– Departure

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Depart San Jose for Home

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