Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Costa Rica High School Adventure 2011 June 12th - June 19th

Costa Rica Summer High School Adventure
Open to all Students and Teachers
June 12th - June 19th
Operated by Costa Rican Resource
For every 6 Students 1 Teacher Travels Free


Day 1 ---------------------- Arrive and Drive to hotel(La Condesa)

Today we will meet you at the airport and  make our way to La Condesa Hotel where we will enjoy the introduction to the week and get a chance to meet the Costa Rican Resource  staff and do a few ice-breakers. (Meals: Dinner)

Day 2  ------------------ Visit Orphanage & Drive to Pacific Coast (Beach Hotel)

Today we will visit the orphanage in the morning(7:00am) and then head to the Pacific Coast. The visit to the orphanage is amazing and so rewarding for both kids. The kids at the orphanage enjoy showing off the skills they use at their home such as cooking and tending their organic garden. I have also seen groups in the past do fund-raisers and make a donation to the home which makes for an emotional moment. Next to the beach where, yes, you will get a chance to get your feet wet and also watch a sunset. This will position us just 20 minutes from the cave entrance for the following morning. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 3 –------------------------ Leave the hotel at 7:00 am and Sleep Behind a Waterfall (Cavern)
This is perhaps one of the best experiences of our trips. We will start the day by doing an amazing hike that will take almost two hours.  We will go at a pace and work as a team in order to arrive all together. This is a great team-building opportunity, not to mention walking through the rainforest which gives our guides a chance to explain the many different facts about the rainforest. During our stay in the Cave each student will be doing a rappel off a waterfall. This is a neat adventure and the kids love it. Just to give you an idea this is more like a cavern and not an actual cave. The food is delicious, the sleeping is serene and the hands-on geology lesson is better than anything you can read about in a textbook
. If you missed the link above and you want to see the video on the cavern CLICK HERE.   (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 4 ------------------------ Leave Cave at 8 am and Drive to Turrialba (Homestay)
The area of Turrialba is our destination today. The homestay experience at Sitio de Mata is quite different from the night in the Cave but equally interesting and enjoyable. We plan on having each student in contact with their homestay family before arrival giving them the chance to write letters and develop a relationship with each family. The visit to Sitio Mata is the highlight of the trip for us as a company. It allows the families there to be a part of the business and make an income and also the visiting students get a feel for the real Costa Rica and how amazing the people are in this rural village. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 5 –--------------- Community Service and Soccer Game (Homestays)
Today is a day to give back to the community. We will put all the kids to work as we visit a local school and get a chance to hang with the local kids. We will also have a project planned where we will build recycle bins for the local school and then teach the kids the importance of recycling. After the morning of work we will all head to the soccer field where almost everyone in town shows up for the soccer game showdown. This is a terrific social event and a good opportunity for the kids to interact with each other. In the evening the community  has a farewell dinner and show which they are justifiably very proud of. We call it their Cirque du Solie. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 6 ---- Whitewater Rafting on Pacuare River & Drive to Arenal Volcano (Arenal Hotel)

Today we will raft the Pacuare River. National Geographic has this listed as one of the top five rivers in the world. Without a doubt a must-do in the area, with waterfalls and canyons from start to finish. This is a day that all will remember. There’s a culture lesson given right on the river as the guides describe the life of Cabecar Indians that live on the bank of the river. After the Pacuare we will dry off, have lunch and make the drive to the famous Arenal Volcano which is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.  Understanding volcanoes is a lot easier when you are looking right at lava pouring down its side at night.  If you missed the links above click here to see the CRR river guides in action on the Pacuare River.  Also this will be your view of the Arenal Volcano from your hotel balcony if you want to see CLICK HERE. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 7 –------------------------ Zipline (8:30), Organic Farm(12md), & Hotsprings(4pm) (Arenal Hotel)

Today we will fit in some more education and adventure. We will visit a family that lives off their organic farm and learn about the importance of living this way and how small things can make a big difference. We will also be doing the famous zipline which happens to be one of the favorites of most kids. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner at the hotsprings and feel one of the pluses of living near a volcano. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

Day 8 ------------------------ Travel back to Central Valley & fly home

Cost: $1575/student (for every 6 students 1 teacher travels for FREE)

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included everyday, all private transportation with driver and guide, all lodging, all adventures and tours.
Not Included: International air-fare, exit tax from Costa Rica $26

Students will benefit from this Costa Rican Adventure in the following ways:
Educating the students at Don Juan's Farm
The education during this trip is endless. Our guides are always looking for a chance to teach whether it’s on the bus, hiking through the rainforest or while partaking of some Costa Rican cuisine. Costa Rica is a country that is filled with different forms of teachable moments. During this tour we include History, not only Costa Rica but Central America and how larger countries have affected the development of Central American countries. In the area of Science, Costa Rica happens to be one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet and is the perfect place to learn about the rainforest, volcanoes, flora and fauna, and much more. With our personable, bilingual guides who are trained naturalists, you will be amazed at how much learning take place in a really fun way. Last but not least, we will also be surrounded by Spanish. With the homestays the kids will have the opportunity to practice Spanish they already know or they will learn a few words and see how the beauty of communication can be used with a smile and a laugh.
To us service is always the most important aspect of our trips. The difference that can be made in visiting the orphanage is amazing. The orphans we visit happen to be high school kids, the same age as the students. It is inspiring to hear their stories and have our visiting students spend time with them. More often than not there are some tears leaving the home. We also encourage any form of raising money months before the trip which can be presented as a donation when we arrive. We will also visit a school where we will be building and painting. This is a great combo where the kids have the chance to socialize with the locals and also give back.
The trip will have its share of adventure also. The adventure will be used as a chance to show kids the importance of working together. The adventure is a moment in which each student learns a bit about themselves, challenging themselves to do things that they might be timid to do. Just as life will bring them challenges, we try to relate the challenges of this trip to life’s challenges and if you are not afraid  and have Faith you can overcome anything life throws your way.

Extra Insurance:
Below are  some sites for trip insurance.   Costa Rican Resource does NOT require it but think it's an excellent idea.   Most companies have an "adventure" rider that you can add.
And most airlines offer trip insurance once a ticket is purchased.      

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