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High School Educational & Intercultural Exchange

Join our Summer Program Virtual Sessions on April 4 and April 25 at 6 p.m. CST. 
Link here.


If you are going to travel to another country, why not truly live it?
Go beyond just visiting tourist sites.  On our High School Educational & Intercultural Exchange, Go Tico! connects you with a local high school daily to learn about Tico education, develop friendships with peers, and exchange both cultural and educational experiences.  This is a truly unique chance to spend your Costa Rican days truly meeting students your own age and cultivating an awesome understanding of the country and the culture directly from your own peers!  And, of course,  there will be tons of great opportunities to explore the country as well outside of class.
  • Cultural & Educational Immersion:  Engage in only the fun part of school (no homework, tests or essays!)  Attend half days at a local high school, participating in intercultural activities with Tico peers and developing a    greater understanding of the educational system and Tico kids like you!
  • Language Immersion: While not a Spanish-intensive program, this program gives you the chance to work on your language skills as you live in a small community off the tourist-track.  No tourists reside here, so you will be totally immersed in the local community and language alongside your US peers. Practice as much or as little as you want to build your Spanish confidence.
  • Regional tourism: hike at Arenal Volcano National Park, visit a butterfly garden, explore a biological reserve and cross the longest suspension bridge in the region, take a night hike through the jungle, visit a wildlife refuge at sunrise, explore the Rio Sarapiqui by boat, hike to incredible waterfalls in the mountains, and kayak in the deepest lake in Costa Rica.  
  • Local hosts: entire trip is hosted by Go Tico! co-directors Johel Saborio Gonzalez and Sara Bembenek-Saborio


Trip Registration & Pricing Details

  • Program dates: July 16-26, 2022
  • Registration deadline: May 1, 2022
  • Min.- Max. participants: 8-12
  • Trip fee: $2,300
  • Fee includes: All meals and accommodations, all entrance fees for activities & parks​, in-country transportation, airport pick up and drop off, COVID tests as required
  • Fee does not include: Airfare and travel insurance for trip duration, spending cash


REGISTER NOW for the Summer High School Education & Intercultural Program or contact Sara and Johel to inquire about planning your own itinerary. As the Director of Experiences, Johel is also certified as an official tour guide by INA (Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje) in Costa Rica, which makes him a great resource to consult.

Contact us through this Google Form so that we can get a little more info before helping you to choose or plan your trip! 


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