DURATION: 15 days


Session #1: June 23 – July 7

Session #2: July 7 – July 21

Session #3: July 21 – August 4


  • Rainforest Trek: 3-4 Days
  • Cultural Homestay: 3-4 Days
  • Beach Phase: 3 Days
  • Community Service: 1 Day
  • Whitewater Rafting: 1 Day
  • Ziplining: 1 Day


COURSE REGIONS: Costa Rica (San Jose, Cartago and Puntarenas Provinces)

TUITION: $3,030

View our 2-week, 3-week, 4-week5-week, and 6-week Summer Expedition pages for tuition pricing by program length.






Service Hike & Homestay Details

Discover the true meaning of “off the beaten path” as you embark on a deep-jungle trek where spectacular rainforest valleys, cascading waterfalls, and winding rivers will both awe and challenge you.

Commence your journey in the thick of the tropical rainforest, where you will set up camp mid-trail, learn to make food in the backcountry, and maintain your gear for the days ahead. Wake up to fresh animal tracks, impressive plant life, and rugged trails as you navigate your way to village homestays. Once there, experience true Costa Rican hospitality and a profound example of rural living as you learn to make corn tortillas from scratch and crank the traditional trapiche to squeeze juice from freshly harvested sugar cane. Connect with your course mates on a waterfall rappel where you will make the adrenaline-pumping 80-ft descent down the face of the falls.

After your rainforest expedition, head into a region known for its mischievous monkeys, lazy sloths, and beautiful coastline with a visit to Manuel Antonio National Park. Spend time at the beach and learn about local ecosystems before heading to your whitewater rafting adventure. Build communication skills as you navigate the raging whitewater, learn about hydrology, and explore your own personal strengths and weaknesses.

To wrap up your course experience, get off of the ground and into the trees as you zip through the forest canopy and experience the tropical landscape from above. Lend a hand with a local conservation and community service project that aims to provide local school children from the city a place to hike through the local school district’s rainforest and water education program.

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Interested in a longer adventure? Experience this course as a part of a 2-week, 3-week, 4-week5-week, 6-week, 7-week, or 8-week Summer Expedition!

Combine this two-week course with our other expeditions to create an unforgettable Summer Expedition program. Inquire below about this course’s itinerary and how to design a two to eight-week program based on your summer schedule.

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