Business/Service Learning

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Length

7 days

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Price

ON-GROUND PRICE PER STUDENT WITHOUT AIRFARE

10-14:2

From 12 to 16 travelers

15-19:2

From 17 to 21 travelers

20-25:2

From 22 to 27 travelers

$ 2,300 $ 2,120 $ 2,060

Estimated single occupancy upgrade cost – $420

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Dates

June 23 – 29, 2024

Program includes

6 Nights of Accommodation
2 people per house for participants, each with their own bed
Single room in Hotel for faculty/program leader with ensuite bathroom
Free wifi and daily continental breakfast
All Ground Transportation
All meals
Historical & Cultural Walking Tours
Full Time On Site Program Director Available 24/7 in case of Emergencies
24/7 On-Ground Emergency Support
SAA’s Mandatory Health Insurance* (see next page)
SAA’s $5m Liability Insurance (COI available upon request)
Tips & Gratuities

NOT Included

International Airfare
Passport and Visa Fees (if applicable)
Single Room Upgrade Costs for Participants
Classroom/Meeting Space
Optional Activities and Suggestions
Optional Travelers Insurance and/or CFAR/IFAR
Personal Expenses

Program Highlights

Walking Tour of San Jose
Cultural Tour in LA PAZ
San Ramon area Community Visit
Visit a Tapiche
Farm crops Visit
Company visit Asodulce
Walk in the Cloud Forest
Meeting with Local Community
Visit to Local Market
National Museum
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tourism Sustainability Conversation

Itinerary

DAY 1 – DEPARTURE – Sunday, June 23 

Depart Home for San Jose Costa Rica

Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica  

Orientation Walking Tour – The group will become oriented with their neighborhood, the public transportation systems, nearby pharmacies, markets, ATMs, etc. Additionally, an in-depth safety briefing will be provided for what to do in case of an emergency. 

Welcome Dinner (included)

 

DAY 2 – LA PAZ – Monday, June 24

Breakfast & Day Briefing

After breakfast we will walk in San Jose city to learn more about its history and culture. Students will have the chance to explore the National Museum.

Lunch (included)

After lunch we will head to La Paz where our host families are going to welcome the group.

San Ramón area is known for the different crops still grown in a lower scale and own by families. Making this economical system very important for the growth of the communities. And coffee is one of them.

We will visit during the morning a family that still have this practice. From planting to enjoying a nice cup of coffee, we will have a full experience.

Dinner (included)

 

DAY 3 – LA PAZ – Tuesday, June 25

Breakfast & Day Briefing

This morning we will have the opportunity to learn and walk into a Cloud Forest, one of the remaining fractions of this fragile ecosystem. Our walk will be accompanied by a tree planting experience, also we

will learn about conservation of Costa Rica’s forests. Reserva Azahar. We will walk for approximately 2 hours.

Lunch (included)

Visit the School of the Community –  We will learn about the education system and students will have time to interact with kids of the school.

Dinner (included)

 

DAY 4  – LA PAZ – Wednesday, June 26

Breakfast & Day Briefing

Visit to a Trapiche – Place where sugar cane is processed tradditionaly. This morning we will have a visit to a local Trapiche, to learn about sugar cane and how important is for the community, plus we will taste some of the products made. 

Lunch (included)

ASODULCE is a non-profit company formed by 19 families, with the purpose to use technology and friendly environmental practices for growing and processing sugar cane. We will have the opportunity to learn more about an industrial way to grow and process sugar cane.

Dinner (included)

Dinner all together with the families.

DAY 5 – LA FORTUNA – Thursday, June 27 

Breakfast & Day Briefing

Farewell to the homestay. After breakfast we will Travel to La Fortuna – A community strongly developed for tourism but with its identity of a small

town intact. Upon arrival we will walk around town to get familiarized with it.

Lunch (included)

Visit to an Indigenous Community & Art Class – Malekus are considered the smallest group of indigenous tribes that inhabit the country. In total there are 24 territories, and today we will have the opportunity to visit one of them. We are going to learn about their past, traditions, their cosmovision. Our experience is going to be complemented with an art class. 

Lunch –  Is going to take place at their territory.

La Fortuna Waterfall – This natural area managed sustainably by Integral Development Association of La Fortuna (ADIFORT), a non-profit organization founded since August 31, 1969, having as its main objective to ensure the well-being and growth of La Fortuna community, through the work execution of road infrastructure, environment, education, promotion of sport and culture, community beautification and strengthening of public safety; projects that are possible to run thanks to funds raised by the visit of each tourist to this natural space.

Conversation about Tourism Sustainability

Dinner (included) & Group Reflection

 

DAY 6 –LA FORTUNA- Friday, June 28

Breakfast & Day Briefing

Visit to Proyecto Asis Rescue Center –  During your visit, you will receive a brief introduction about Proyecto Asis from one of our trained naturalist tour guides. Then you will have the opportunity to explore the reserve with our guide to get to know each animal and its story. You will learn about why animal conservation is important, how it should be done, and what impact you are making while enjoying yourself with our friendly guide, who will engage you and help you to think about conservation in a new way. Then you will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare the animals’ diet to increase engagement. After preparing the food, you will help us by making enrichment toys that provide a different daily routine for the animals. To follow the directions from our Ministry of Environment, only our staff is allowed to feed the animals. However, this kind of experience is a magnificent way to learn about animal welfare. You will go home with a greater knowledge of the local wildlife.

Lunch (included)

Arenal Volcano –  The trails allow us to explore the rainforest and also a lava field from the 1968 eruption. Your guide will give you more details about Arenal Volcano, the youngest volcanic structure of the country. During the evening we will enjoy hot springs, water that is heated by the volcano. 

Farewell Dinner (included) Group Reflection & Program Closing   

 

DAY 7 – LA FORTUNA – Saturday, June 29

Breakfast & Day Briefing

Transfer to Juan Santamaria Airport

Depart Costa Rica for Home

For any additional information or questions please email us at: Info@studyabroadassociation.com

Payments Schedule

144 days prior to departure $500 per person is due and payable by January 31, 2024.

90 days prior to departure, the second payment in the amount of 50% of the remaining amount is due and payable by March 25, 2024.

60 days prior to departure, the third and final payment in the amount of the remaining amount is due and payable by  April 24, 2024.

For any additional information or questions please email us at: Info@studyabroadassociation.com

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