Costa Rica boasts everything that is great about Latin America; dense green forests, sparkling turquoise seas, sandy beaches and breathtaking volcanic landscapes.
- Travel to San Jose: Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America. On arrival in San Jose, Camps International Staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hostel in the city. San Jose is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Located in the Central Valley, San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation. Today it is a modern city with bustling commerce, brisk expressions of art and architecture, and spurred by the country's improved tourism industry, it is a significant destination and stopover for foreign visitors. Our base for the night will be in a hostel in San Jose. While in San Jose, breakfast and dinner will be included.
- Guancaste: A bus will take us from San Jose to our camp in Guancaste Province in the north of the country, close to the Nicaragua border. Guanacaste famous for its sun-splashed beaches and great Pacific surf. The region's dry tropical climate encompasses a varied landscape. Popular white-sand beaches line the coast, and to the east, the Guanacaste Mountains feature fascinating national parks and caldera volcanoes.
- Guancaste Camp: Upon arrival at camp, it's time to go check out the project work you will be working on over the coming days. Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries on earth and is a world leader in conservation and ecotourism. Students will work in small teams to achieve various elements of the current projects, mainly focused on conservation of the natural environment. Groups will be put into ongoing projects plans, which have been developed with the local community or government bodies and NGOs. Often, the project is aimed at helping the local community live with the environment whilst minimising damage to it, or in developing sustainable tourism goals. The hard work on the projects is often rounded off with a game soccer with the "maestros". The group will be based in a community camp in the Guancaste Province while here in Costa Rica. In the evening, sitting by a campfire gives the group a chance to reflect on the day's activities, think about the impact they are having and plan for how best to exploit their time the following day. The noise of the cicadas accompanies you whole you get some well-earned sleep.
- Camp Experience: We will continue our work at the camp. Your evenings are usually spent relaxing in camp and the local kitchen crew will rustle up a delicious dinner for you and your team. After dinner there are plenty of opportunities for group discussion, reflections on project work, keeping travel diaries up to date, as well as various team led games and activities. Local staff are always in camp and are on hand to chat to and help you with anything else that you need.
- Enjoy experiencing Costa Rica's beautiful surroundings: Today is a free day to explore the area. In Costa Rica, whose flora and fauna are world renowned, the group has the opportunity to see myriads of bird species, and possibly monkeys and sloths, depending on luck and the details of the itinerary. Through the project work you have done your bit to help preserve this tropical wonder, and today is your chance to relax and marvel at it.
- Our rewarding and enjoyable experience comes to an end as we make our way to the airport on our final day. :