Rome & The Greek Islands July Blyth Academy International Summers Program

VOLUNTEER ABROAD IN COSTA RICA

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.

Itinerary

March 15th – 22nd, 2020*

 
La Fortuna ▸ 2 days
Arenal ▸ 1 day
Monteverde ▸ 2 days
Playas Del Coco ▸ 2 days
*All dates are subject to change.

INCLUSIONS

Activities included in your program

hot springs
hot springs
night hike
night hike
cooking class
cooking class
Included in your program: Hiking
Included in your program: Acropolis
Included in your program: Vatican

▸ Round-trip group airfare from Toronto
▸ Group airport transfers at location
▸ Transportation between cities
▸ Airline Baggage fees (one checked suitcase/person)
▸ Accommodation

▸ Donations to local community partners
▸ Breakfast and dinner daily
▸ Farewell Banquet
▸ Supervision
▸ Pre-departure briefing and materials
▸ Designated outings and activities

▸ Community Service Materials
▸ City orientation tours
▸ Use of free Internet, where available*
▸ Access to Travel Journal & Vidigami
▸ Departure taxes, fees & surcharges
▸ And much more!

* Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.

private sailboat students will stay on

WHERE WE STAY

Accommodations

La Fortuna: Hotel Rabfer

Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos

Monteverde: Hotel Montaña

Playas del Coco: Villas Mapache

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Dear Future Student

Enjoy your time in Costa Rica. It is an amazing country and the locals have the best stories. You’ll make the most amazing friends so enjoy it!

Mackenzie

HOW WE GET THERE

Flight Details

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

Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

DateAirline/FlightDepartureArrival
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Air Transat flight 618
Depart Toronto 7:40 am
Arrive San Jose 11:25 am
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Air Transat flight 619
Depart San Jose 12:25 pm
Arrive Toronto 7:45 pm

PROGRAM FEES
Travel Services
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
$2,050
Supervision & Care$945
Taxes & Fees
$575
Total:$3,570**

CANCELLATION PROTECTION & MEDICAL INSURANCE (OPTIONAL)
Cancellation Protection - click for policy details.$165
Medical Insurance* - click for policy details.$45
Cancellation Protection & Medical Insurance Package*$200

Did you know you can redeem Aeroplan, TD Travel, or CIBC Aventura points to the cost of the program? Click here for more details.***

*Medical insurance is available to Canadian residents only. While Cancellation protection and Medical insurance is optional, we strongly recommend that you purchase both.

**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.

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