Safety first:
A vast majority of this program takes place in the Rio Cuarto region, the cantón with one of the lowest active rates of COVID in the country.  Areas outside of this region are in nature-based, rural areas.

Middle & High School Summer Service Trip to Costa Rica
(guardians welcome, too!)

August 7 - 17, 2021

Best international summer camp ever!  Language & cultural immersion and regional tourism: Go Tico!'s summer cultural immersion trip has everything you would look for in a Middle or High school educational travel experience to Costa Rica: a perfect balance of community integration in a rural town and "tourist" time, this summer's trip offers:

Juan Castro Blanco National Park Hike
  • Cultural & Language immersion: reside in the welcoming rural town of La Flor de Rio Cuarto, engaging in social activities with local kids and community members in Spanish
  • Service opportunities: provide academic enrichment & English conversation practice with local students
  • Regional tourism: hike at Juan Castro Blanco National Park, visit a butterfly garden & take a local produce tour,  & swim in local posas
  • Local hosts: entire trip is hosted by Go Tico! co-directors Johel Saborio Gonzalez and  Sara Bembenek-Saborio 
  • Guardians: while your student is exploring Costa Rican culture in their host community, you will be living nearby in homestay or local hotel and exploring the Rio Cuarto Region.  Go Tico! hosts will travel with you to waterfall hikes, a wildlife rescue, Arenal Volcano National Park, and a nearby biological reserve for hiking & a chocolate tour.  In addition, you'll connect with your student for two days in the host community, as well as the overnight excursion and the produce tour day trip.
Visiting and local students with a sloth

Look forward to meeting you!
Both virtual & in-person (Madison, WI) orientations will be held on July 26 at 5 p.m., location TBD.

Pricing & Registration Details
  • Registration deadline: July 10, 2021​
  • To register: email Sara at to receive registration packet.
  • Trip fee, student: $1,950
    • Fee includes: All meals and accommodations, all entrance fees for activities & parks​, in-country transportation
    • Additional costs: airfare, travel insurance for trip duration 
  • Trip fee, guardians: $2,850
    • Fees include (in addition to above)​
      • Chocolate tour & biological reserve​
      • Arenal Volcano hike
      • Waterfall hike
      • Wildlife rescue tour
      • Cooking day in La Flor community
      • All in-program transportation

Student Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to San Jose, Costa Rica
Overnight stay in Alajuela to relax & meet your fellow participants
Day 2: Travel to Community
Settle into community cabins, walking tour of your home away from home, La Flor de Rio Cuarto, community night ice breaker activity
Day 3, 4, 6, 7: Immersion Projects in Community
Facilitate daytime academic enrichment for local kids, engage in cooking experiences to learn how to make local dishes, & learn about and help out in fruit orchard
Day 5: Industry Tour & Natural Pool Visit
Guided tour of local produce farm, butterfly garden, and swimming in spring-fed natural pool
Day 8, 9: Travel to Juan Castro Blanco National Park
Overnight stay in park side lodging, hiking in park
Day 10/11: Last day in Community, Travel home!
Farewell potluck and departure
Middle school & local students baking cookies
Visiting and local Costa Rican students playing games
Students making friendship bracelents