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
Soak in Arenal hot springs
Night hike in Monteverde
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
- Financial and material donations to local community partners
- Community service materials
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Farewell Banquet
- 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
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure
|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
Treetop Zip Lining
Gain 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
Surfing and Beach Time
Costa 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
March 10 – 17, 2019*
March Break Fees
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
|Taxes & Fees||$575|
|Supervision & Care||$945|
- La Fortuna: 3 days
- Arenal: 1 day
- Monteverde: 2 days
- Playas del Coco: 2 days
*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.