About This Program
We have three community service opportunities to connect deeply with Costa Rica’s culture. We will volunteer at a wildlife rescue centre, a farm, and a charity, each focused on different aspects of the country’s life.
We begin in La Fortuna, a small town 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 release wildlife back into their natural habitat 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 famous Monteverde 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 a farm at Life Monteverde, to learn how we can protect this beautiful 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, meal planning 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 hot springs at Arenal Volcano, night hike in Monteverde, and a 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 11, 2018||Air Transat flight 618||Depart Toronto 10:15 am||Arrive San Jose 2:00 pm|
|Sunday, March 18, 2018||Air Transat flight 619||Depart San Jose 3:00 pm||Arrive Toronto 10:20 pm|
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.
Treetop Zip Lining
Gain a new perspective of the world on this exciting 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. Enjoy this safe and fun experience that will have you reaching new heights.
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 our 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.
March 11 – 18, 2018*
March Break Fees
(incl. taxes & fees)
|Tuition & Supervision||$945|
- La Fortuna: 2 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 www.blythsummers.com/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.