Sustainability and Community Development



8 Days


On-Ground Program Price

*Airfare is not included in the price

$2,750 – Ratio 7 – 9:2

$2,450 – Ratio 10 – 14:2

$2,175 – Ratio 15 – 19:2

$1,995 – Ratio 20 – 25:2


$2,450 – Ratio 7 – 9:1
$2,240 – Ratio 10 – 14:1
$2,050 – Ratio 15 – 19:1
$1,875 – Ratio 20 – 25:1

*Single occupancy upgrade cost – $ 220


$917 *

*The Student is responsible for providing complete flight ticketing information for the travel participants at least 80 days prior to departure October 21st. SAA will send the Client a spreadsheet of the needed information for ticketing with the specific airline, which must be submitted back to SAA.

*Any cancellation after the tickets have been issued will not be refunded.

*The student assumes complete and full responsibility for, and hereby releases the agent from, any duty of checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry requirements of each destination and all safety or security conditions at such destinations during the length of the proposed travel. For information concerning possible dangers at international destinations, contact the Travel Advisory Section of the U.S. State Department. For medical information, call the Public Health Service. By embarking upon the contracted travel, Client voluntarily assumes all risks involved in such travel, whether expected or unexpected. Client is hereby warned of such risks and is advised to obtain appropriate insurance coverage against them.



January 9-16, 2024

Program includes

• 7 Nights of Accommodation
• All Ground Transportation
• All meals
• Full Time Local Guide
• 24/7 On-Ground Emergency Support
• Travelers Health Insurance & Liability Insurance
• Tips & Gratuities

Program highlights

• Multiple Community Projects – with schools and environment focus
• Cahuita National Park
• Bribri Indigenous Community Visit
• Introduction to Natural Products, Medicinal Plants
• Traditional Caribbean Cooking Lessons
• Introduction to Local Dance & Calypso Music
• Playa Negra


DAY 1 – DEPARTURE – Tuesday, January 9

Depart Home for San Jose, Costa Rica 

Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica 

Airport Transfer 

On-ground Briefing
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 incase of an emergency. 

Welcome Dinner – The group will be taken for an authentic dinner with a wide variety of menu options to cater all diets. 


DAY 2 – SAN JOSE/CAHUITA – Wednesday, January 10

Breakfast & Day Briefing

Bus Transfer to Cahuita (Approx. 4 hrs)

Check In

Orientation Walking Tour 

Discussions of Projects and Community – Introduction to the activities that will be taking place throughout the duration of the program
Cahuita Welcome Lunch 

Playa Negra – This is Cahuita’s long, black-sand beach. Top spot for swimming due to the clean, calm water.

Traditional Caribbean Cooking Lessons – 

Enjoy a great time sharing and learning about Costa Rica Caribbean cuisine and Afro-Caribbean culture.

Costa Rican Caribbean cuisine is characterized by the use of species, herbs and coconut derivatives.

Group Dinner & Discussions

DAY 3 – CAHUITA – Thursday, January 11

Breakfast & Day Briefing 

Cahuita National Park Naturalist Walking Tour – In this amazing park students will see the best combination of jungle trek and beautiful Caribbean beaches just a few meters apart

Cahuita National Park Service Projects – Students will work with local naturalist guides on various projects inside the national park including – beach and park cleanup, installation of garbage and recycling containers, trail maintenance, and painting of ranger stations.

Group Lunch  

Service Project – Elementary School – Each student will be assigned a local elementary student who they will work with for 30 minutes per day Monday – Friday with English conversation and cultural exchange. Additionally, we will have the opportunity of working with the students installing and enhancing the school’s gardens (food, pollinator, or medicinal gardens), improving waste, recycling, and composting  infrastructure and collection efforts, and educational arts and crafts activities.
Service Project – Community Garden 

Group Dinner & Discussions 

Introduction to Local Dance & Calypso Music – Calypso music has a unique and interesting history behind its origin, popularity, and appreciation in the mainstream music scene. It is a type of folk song primarily from Trinidad though sung elsewhere in the southern and eastern Caribbean islands. 

DAY 4 – CAHUITA – Friday, January 12

Breakfast & Day Briefing 

Bribri Indigenous Community Visit – (Medicinal Plants, Traditions, Chocolate Making) 

Traditional Group Lunch

Bribri Waterfall 

Return to Cahuita 

Service Project –  Community Recycling Center 

Service Project – Community Fruit Tree Planting

Group Dinner & Caribbean Farewell Party 


DAY 5 – CAHUITA – Saturday, January 13

Breakfast & Day Briefing 

Surfing Lessons 

Group Lunch 

Service Project –  Elementary School 

Service Project –  Community Recycling Center 

Free Time & Cultural Immersion 

Group Dinner & Discussions 

Nocturnal Wildlife Tour Hike – During the walk walk through the jungle you will have the opportunity to observe many animals and species that are very rarely seen during the day. 

DAY 6 – CAHUITA – Sunday – January 14

Breakfast & Day Briefing
Cahuita National Park – Coral Reef Snorkeling 

Group Lunch 

Service Project – Community Painting & Murals 

Farmers Market 

Caribbean Cultural Center – Natural Products, Medicinal Plants &  Artisanal Jewelry

Group Dinner & Discussions  


DAY 7 – CAHUITA/SAN JOSE – Monday, January 15

Breakfast & Day Briefing 

Bus Transfer to San Jose (approx. 4 hrs)

Group Lunch 

Local Crafts Market 

Farewell Dinner & Program Closing 


DAY 8 – RETURN – Tuesday, January 16

Breakfast & Day Briefing
Airport Transfer

Depart San Jose, Costa Rica for Home 

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Payments Schedule

110 days prior to departure $500 is due and payable by September 21, 2023.

90 days prior to departure, the second payment in the amount of 50% of the remaining amount is due and payable by October 11, 2023.

60 days prior to departure, the third and final payment in the amount of the remaining amount is due and payable by November 10, 2023.

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*Note: When you make a payment please leave a note with: School name, Name of the Program, Name and Surname

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