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DAYS 1- 2: ORIENTATION

Our experience begins in a San Jose Central Valley area Bed and Breakfast. Here, we learn more about Costa Rica, take a Latin dance class, and visit an organic coffee farm. We participate in some informal Spanish games and lessons, so please come ready to use your Spanish!

DAYS 3-7: CLOUDFOREST PROJECTS AND EXPLORATION

We travel to work with local park rangers in one of Costa Rica’s alluring cloudforests. A challenging, but equally rewarding, hike brings us to a comfortable eco-lodge, our home for the next several days. Time is spent on a combination of environmental projects, such as trail maintenance, bridge repair, and reforestation efforts, day hikes to waterfalls and night hikes to view wildlife. If the weather cooperates, we may have a spectacular view of the active volcano, Arenal, and adjacent Lake Arenal. It is very common to spot monkeys, anteaters, parrots, coatimundis, and dart frogs in the cloud forest!  Participate in an interactive talk on La Bandera Azúl Ecológica with park rangers and Global Works trip leaders on Costa Rica’s global role in conservation, biodiversity, ecotourism, and sustainable development.

DAYS 8-9: BEACH ADVENTURE

Time to hit the beach! We travel to the Pacific Coast, famous for its unique combination of rainforest and ocean settings. For two days, we challenge ourselves with surf or stand-up paddle board lessons, taught by professional instructors. The wave conditions on this beach provide the perfect opportunity for all levels to hang ten!

DAY 10: TRAVEL HOME

As we say goodbye to our new friends and family, our trip back to the Central Valley gives us time to share our memories before we fly home. During a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony in a vivacious restaurant setting, we reflect upon our time together. Finally, we depart for home.