High School Educational Trips

Intercultural Exchange

July 24 - 31, 2021

Spend your spring break or a week of your summer having the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live the life of a Tico high school student while also exploring some of the most amazing places in the North Central Region of Costa Rica.  Students will spend 7 days living with a host family or in cabins in La Flor, a small community in a valley of Northern Central Costa Rica.  Each morning, youth will collaborate on intercultural workshops with a local high school English class (in the nearby community of Rio Cuarto).  Each afternoon, students participate in regional tourism outings, including hiking in a Biological reserve, swimming in waterfalls pools, visiting a wildlife reserve, making tamales for a school fundraiser & watching a local soccer tournament, and touring a pineapple or cocoa plantation. In addition, students socialize with their Spanish-speaking host families and engage in community activities in the evening. Providing a comfortable balance of community integration in a rural town and "tourist" time, our student programs:

  • Allow for ample practice of Spanish skills
  • Incorporate volunteerism as a way to both make friendships and give back to the host community
  • Expose students to a different culture, foods and way of life
  • Educate students about local industries 
  • Explore regional natural areas to appreciate the flora and fauna of Costa Rica
  • Are coordinated and hosted start to finish by Go Tico! staff
  • Build life-long friendships and life-changing experiences

What Go Tico! Offers

We coordinate your trip, start to finish.  All itinerary details, travel booking, transportation, and pre-departure meetings are coordinated and run by our staff.  Go Tico! directors Sara & Johel, the primary chaperones, have both lived in Costa Rica and are well versed in all aspects of coordinating safe group travel.  Through collaboration with several small Costa Rican communities with which they have deep, close ties, Sara and/or Johel arrange and attend all components of travel to truly engage and immerse students in less-traveled areas of this beautiful country.
Pricing & Registration Details
  • Registration date: May 1, 2021
  • Trip fee: $2,800
    • Fee includes: Roundtrip airfare from Madison, Wisconsin to San Jose, Costa Rica, all meals and accommodations, all entrance fees for activities & parks​, in-country transportation
    • Additional costs: travel insurance for trip duration (Recommended: AIG Travelguard)

Sample Itinerary*

Day 1: Arrive in San Jose, travel to Community
Visit La Paz waterfall en route, meet homestay families, walking tour of town, community night ice breaker activity
Day 2: Community Integration
Tamale making with host families, cheer on local soccer teams in weekly competition
Day 3-6: Service Project in Community
Morning intercultural exchange in schools.  Lunch with students. 
Afternoon tourism retreats.
Day 7: Last Service Project in Community
Evening potluck with host families and community.
Day 8: Travel to San Jose and depart for home!
Take with you fabulous memories.


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