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Middle & High School

Service & Intercultural Trip ~ June 6 - 16, 2020

Volunteering, language & cultural immersion, regional tourism: Go Tico!'s summer service & intercultural trip has everything you would look for in a Middle or High school immersion experience.  Providing a comfortable balance of community integration in a rural town and "tourist" time, this summer's trip offers:

  • Full immersion: homestay in the welcoming rural town of La Flor de Rio Cuarto & afternoon and evening social activities with community members
  • Service opportunities: contribute to growing the local library and providing academic enrichment & English instruction at the local elementary school
  • Regional tourism: hiking at Juan Castro Blanco National Park, stay at thermal waters, wildlife refuge visit, swimming, & local industry tour
  • Local hosts: entire trip is hosted by Go Tico! co-director Sara Bembenek-Saborio and in-country chaperone & host mother Elena Saborio
Pricing & Registration Details
  • Registration date: April 10, 2020
  • 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)

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to San Jose, Costa Rica
Overnight stay in cabins at Thermal Waters, Rest & Relax
Day 2: Travel to Community
Meet homestay families, walking tour of your home away from home, La Flor de Rio Cuarto, community night ice breaker activity
Day 3, 4, 6, 7: Service Project in Community
Teach daytime academic enrichment classes at local elementary school and coordinate afternoon time activities for local students, evening community events
Day 5: Industry Tour & Animal Refuge Visit
Guided tour and tasting of the best pineapple ever, viewing and feeding Costa Rican rescued wildlife
Day 8, 9: Travel to Juan Castro Blanco National Park
Overnight stay in park side lodging, hiking in park
Day 10: Last day in Community, Travel home!
Farewell potluck and departure