ITINERARY

DAYS 1-3: ORIENTATION & RAFTING

The trip begins in our San Jose Central Valley base where students get to know one another, establish goals, and begin to immerse into the Costa Rican lifestyle. Activities include team building exercises, visiting a sustainable coffee farm, and an overnight rafting trip on the Pacuare River. We also participate in some informal Spanish games and lessons, so please come with a desire to use your Spanish!

DAYS 4-7: TURTLE HATCHERY & BEACH

While staying at rustic yet comfortable group accommodations on the Northeast Coast near the famous Tortuguero Beach, we engage in projects and tours to support native leatherback sea turtles and the local community. Activities include a tour of the hatchery, environmental projects, a night beach patrol, and a kayak tour through the canals of Tortuguero National Park. Spotting sloths, colorful frogs, toucans, monkeys, and water birds is not uncommon!

DAY 8: TRAVEL HOME

Our trip back to the Central Valley gives us time to share our memories before we fly home. We also have a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony at an authentic, local restaurant to reflect upon our last three weeks together.

Want to extend your journey? Our Sea Turtle Adventure programs combine with select sessions of our Costa Rica La Pura Vida program!

The Global Works chaperoned Group Flight departs from Dallas (DFW) for this program. Airfare is not included the tuition. Please visit Dates & Tuition for group flight costs and Flight & Travel Arrangements for more information about travel days.

SAVE A SPACE FOR 2 WORRY FREE WEEKS!

SERVICE PROJECTS

Environmental

Volunteer with turtle conservation organization in Tortuguero National Park

Education

Present English lessons to community members

ADVENTURE & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Raft Costa Rica's Best White Water

Learn to dance salsa and cumbia

Nocturnal beach patrol for turtle eggs

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Accommodations

SAN JOSE

Global Works Costa Rica participants spend the first and final days of the program in a small and comfortable lodge located in the mountains surrounding the capital of San Jose. The lodge is locally owned and specializes in hosting student groups. It is dorm style with 4 to 6 students sleeping in bunk beds; each room has a private bathroom with hot water showers. Large group spaces located on the property are an ideal spot for group orientation, dance lessons, and ice-breaker activities.

PLAYA TORTUGUERO

Our Eco-Lodge is located in the southern part of the Tortuguero National Park on the eastern coast of Costa Rica. It’s just outside of a small, quiet town and walking distance to the beach. The lodge is dormitory style with separate rooms and bathrooms for boys and girls. The lodge has solar-powered electricity and is very basic, so please come with the expectation of simple-living! Our meals and volunteer projects are organized through the lodge.

Reviews & Testimonials

This trip has totally changed the way I think of myself and others and it has really made me want to be more a part of community service and traveling around the world and meeting new people and learning!

- Vera P-R., Costa Rica Participant

My trip leader always had a smile and was really good at giving advice and bringing up different perspectives.

- Catherine K., Costa Rica Participant