About This Program

We have three community service opportunities to connect deeply with Costa Rica’s culture through volunteering at a wildlife reserve and education centre, an organic, sustainable farm, and a charity focused on different aspects of the country’s life.

We begin in La Fortuna at the foot of Arenal Volcano. From here we’ll visit stunning waterfalls and swim in hot springs from the volcano. We volunteer at Proyecto Asis’s Wildlife Rescue Center, where we prep food, feed animals or improve their homes inside the centre. Here we’ll connect with spider monkeys, macaws, kinkajous, and caimans.

Next, we’ll travel to Monteverde and the Cloud Forest Reserve to learn about its unique ecology. We’ll have the rare opportunity to take a night hike and discover nocturnal animals while our new daytime jungle friends are sleeping. We’ll also volunteer at Life Monteverde, an organic and sustainable farm, and learn how we can protect this environment sustainably.

Finally, we’ll head to the Guanacaste coast and our private villas in Playas del Coco. We will enjoy ocean and beach fun with swimming, volleyball, and optional surf lessons. Nearby in town, we’ll work closely with a community group playing with, and preparing dinner for, local children.

After connecting with the country’s vibrant ecology and making a difference in the community, we’ll relax in the sun and enjoy a farewell banquet.

Included in Your Program

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Soak in Arenal hot springs
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Night hike in Monteverde
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Costa Rican cooking class

 

WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED IN YOUR PROGRAM:

  • Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
  • Departure taxes, fees, and surcharges
  • Group airport transfers at location
  • Transportation for moves between cities with the group
  • Accommodation
  • Financial and material donations to local community partners
  • Community service materials
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Farewell Banquet
  • Supervision
  • Pre-departure briefing and materials
  • Designated outings and activities
  • City orientation tours
  • Use of free Internet, where available*
  • Access to our Travel Journal and Vidigami
  • Regular exercise activities
  • And much more!

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PROGRAM:

  • Registration fee of $195
  • Medical insurance / cancellation protection
  • Travel visas, where applicable
  • Lunch, except at select volunteer projects
  • Additional food / beverages
  • Optional Excursions

Flight Details

Group flights are on a request basis. Please contact Admissions at 1-866-960-3552

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure

DateAirline/Flight #DepartureArrival
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Aeromexico flight 617
Depart Toronto 1:00 am
Arrive Mexico City 5:10 am
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Aeromexico flight 2656
Depart Mexico City 8:15 am
Arrive Liberia 11:05 am
Sunday, March, 17, 2019
Aeromexico flight 2657
Depart Liberia 12:05 pm
Arrive Mexico City 3:10 pm
Sunday, March, 17, 2019
Aeromexico flight 616
Depart Mexico City 5:35 pm
Arrive Toronto 12:30 am, March 18
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Optional Excursions

Treetop Zip Lining

Surfing - Optional Excursions March Break Costa RicaGain a new perspective of the world on this afternoon excursion by viewing Costa Rica’s lush landscape from treetop platforms. Joined by tropical birds and monkeys, students will glide along zip lines with fellow students, teachers, supervisors and safety guides. After flying through the trees, we will take some time to treat ourselves to a cultural snack. Enjoy this safe and fun experience that will have you reaching new heights.

Anticipated Date: Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Price: $155

 

Surfing and Beach Time

Surfing - Optional Excursions March Break Costa RicaCosta Rica has long been a popular destination for surfers worldwide, and famous Tamarindo is one of the most coveted beaches for wave riders of all levels on the Pacific Coast. Located in Las Baulas National Park, Tamarindo is a long white-sand beach offering stunning views of the surrounding natural marine park, which has been carefully preserved as it is a nesting site for huge leatherback turtles. The quiet beach is also an ideal destination to learn surfing as it is rarely crowded and provides consistent and rideable waves with perfect left and right peaks.

We will depart the Villas for a short ride through coastal towns before arriving at Tamarindo. There we will be greeted by our surf instructors, who will provide equipment and go over the basics of surfing this famous beach safely. Each student will receive individual attention and instruction before having the opportunity to conquer the waves on their own. Hang ten, and look out for those swells! A delicious lunch is included for all participants.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Price: $185

 

March 10 – 17, 2019*

March Break Fees

Travel Services
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
$2,050
Taxes & Fees
$575
Supervision & Care$945
Total:$3,570**
or use your Aeroplan Points***

Itinerary

  • La Fortuna: 3 days
  • Arenal: 1 day
  • Monteverde: 2 days
  • Playas del Coco: 2 days

Accommodations

La Fortuna: Hotel Las Colinas

Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos

Monteverde: Hotel Los Cipreses

Playas del Coco: Villas Mapache

Testimonials

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*Subject to change

**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $575 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit blythmarchbreak.ca/explanation-of-fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change.

***Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.