Duration: 6 Days
Costa Rica Volunteer Program
This tour gets students to experience Costa Rica hands-on by getting involved with volunteering projects. Starting in San Jose you will travel through the heartland of the country to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Spend time assisting with volunteer projects and understand the ecological importance of this beautiful country.
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The Edventure Travel Package
All Edventure Travel trips and tours can be customised to your personal requirements, this sample tour is designed to give you inspiration for your own trip. When you are ready to start planning, get in touch and we can design a bespoke package tour for your group. We will always make clear what is included and excluded in your quotation.
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- Accommodation based on bed and breakfast with students in multi-bedded rooms
- Teachers free of charge sharing twin rooms
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated
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- UK Coach Transfers
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Depart the UK
Arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Meet & Greet service upon arrival and take a private transfer with a bilingual guide. Transfer to your hotel in San José. Dinner at hotel.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Private transportation to Monteverde for voluntary work in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Orchid Recuperation Project: The Project consists of creating a space to put orchids in recuperation before reintroducing them into the forest. The orchids are recollected along the trails of the Reserve to be later classified and documented as indicated by the Investigation Department. After this procedure and when they are ready, the plants will be placed on living trees. The project is in its first stage of elaboration and began as part of the Process of Sustainable Tourism of the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (I.C.T.) in the Reserve.
Take a natural hiking tour at Monteverde Natural Reserve. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve will astound visitors with its beauty and biodiversity.
Wind-sculpted elfin woodlands give way to rainforests where tall trees are decorated with orchids, bromeliads, ferns, vines and mosses.
Enjoy of horseback riding tour in Monteverde in the afternoon.
San Luis Reserve
Visit the project ‘Working in Balance with Nature’: This is a space that is being provided for volunteers to develop a project with ideas to work more harmoniously with nature.
Visit the San Luis Reserve: A Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The amount of money generated through volunteer activity has the purpose of providing support for the maintenance of the physical infrastructure (trails and buildings).
The group will enjoy the Selvatura canopy ziplining tour, flying through 15 cables and 18 platforms with an optional Tarzan Swing at the end of the adventure. Selvatura Park is one of the longest Canopy Tours in Costa Rica. After this tour, enjoy a cultural coffee & chocolate tour at Don Juan Tour. This tour begins with an introduction to the history of coffee in Costa Rica, including its cultural and socio-economic importance. You’ll then examine the life cycle of a coffee plant from seed to plant to fruit.
Transfer to the International Airport for your flight home.
Poás is one of Costa Rica´s most active volcanoes and the second largest volcanic crater in the world. It is located in the Poas Volcano National Park which is a fun area to explore. The beautiful green-blue lagoon in the middle of the crater is created from rainwater mixed with volcanic minerals which is ejected like a geyser when it erupts. There are many well defined hiking trails going around the craters through some of the flora and fauna that is native to this area. Unlike many other Costa Rica parks, Poas Volcano National Park does not have a large variety of plants and wildlife but there are definitely some present. Many birds reside in this area such as hummingbirds and toucans.
Tabacón Hot Springs
This was one of the first hot springs resorts in the Arenal area which consists of five different springs. The thermal river that flows through the resort is heated by the still active Arenal Volcano. The resort has a cold river as well where you can go to change temperatures. You could relax in the thermal pools or find a touch more adventure by sliding down the waterslide. The lower secluded pools give an amazing view of the Arenal Volcano and all the pools are surrounded by gardens.
This most active volcano in the world is a must-see symbol of the geothermal forces that formed Costa Rica. It looms ominously over the pastured green hillsides that surround its base with its sulfuric, bubbling, green, rain fed lake at the bottom. The volcano is currently in a sleeping phase but has had both major and minor eruptions over the past 43 years which have affected the region and the people who live here. You could take your group through Forrest trails up to the active lava flows, where your students will see and hear the amazing lava and gas eruptions. Other adventures your group could try include rainforest hikes, white-water rafting and horseback riding.
Hacienda Pozo Azul
If you want an adventure, then this is the place to stay! Hacienda Pozo Azul is a 2,000-acre ranch where your group can explore the many trails which have plenty of natural fauna, beautiful rivers and waterfalls. Students can explore on horseback, mountain bikes, on a guided nature walk, or enjoy bird watching as they drift down the Sarapiquí River. You can also choose to experience the spectacular Treetop Canopy Ride which ends with an amazing 900- foot zip line across the Sarapiquí River or, feel the exhilaration of white-water rafting.
Santa Lucia Town
This is a typical Costa Rican town which was built during the times of the Colony and Spanish conquest. Santa Lucía includes a church, a local cantina, a lake, a souvenir shop and other points of interest for you to enjoy.
Manuel Antonio National Park
This is one of the smallest and most beautiful and bio-diverse areas in the world containing rugged rainforest, white-sand beaches, coral reefs and amazing flora & fauna. It’s notorious for its vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife, from three-toed sloths, iguanas and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys to hundreds of bird species including the toucan. The park’s roughly 680 hectares are crossed with hiking trails, which meander from the coast up into the mountains. There are many activities so everybody can find what they were looking for. Your group will be sure to enjoy this incredible nature adventure.
This area is well known for its many attractions and outdoor activities. Choose from the many tours available including: a chocolate experience; some bird watching; a river cruise and rainforest hanging bridge tour; a day in the rain forest; a biological reserve; frogs heaven; ecological garden or a nature park. Your group could also experience the exhilarating canopy ziplining or white-water rafting when you can enjoy the thrill of the white water, crashing through the currents to give you an exhilarating adrenaline rush. Just hold tight!
Students will experience a different culture and gain an understanding of other nationalities, principles and values.
This trip offers students the opportunity to develop their independence and self-confidence by putting themselves into a new environment.
School trips can offer the opportunity for students to develop their relationships and interactions with others.
This trip can help develop a student’s motivation for the subject and inspire them when back in the classroom due to personal experience.
Knowledge and Perspective
Personal experience and close interactions with these locations can help students understand the subject and put it into perspective.
A trip can make a students engage with a subject and become more positive about a subject.
Students will work together in an unfamiliar environment and rely on each other for help.
Educating through a school trip can create a better understanding of a subject with hands-on learning. Students are engaged, enthusiastic and observant.
This trip can be a reward trip for students that have studied hard over the course of the year and can give them a well-deserved break with their friends.
Discover the Geological features of this amazing country where students will see the power of earths natural forces.
Students can practise their language skills when exploring this fascinating country.
Inspire students with interactive science attractions on this tour.