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Teen Intercultural Soccer Camp


March 30, 2022 - Costa Rica beats USA 2-0 in final round of
World Cup qualifying gamesWonder why?

How does a country with a population of Wisconsin and the land mass of West Virginia beat the US?
Because this is a country where every town, no matter how small, has a soccer plaza.
It is were every kid can play, no leagues, cleats or shin guards, uniforms, or competitive teams required. 
Where all you need is a ball, not even new or regulation size in order to, after school, 
see young kids and young-at-heart adults meet up for pick up games, rain or shine.
Where most weekends, locals gather to support regional teams in competitions that benefit their own communities. 
Soccer is woven into the culture here.  We'd love to show you how.


So you love soccer, right?  Well, so do many of the Tico youth in our community! And what better way to share culture and develop friendships across borders than to have a passion or hobby in common?

GoTico! will bring together Middle & High School students (ages 13 - 16) from outside Costa Rica to engage in five (5) days of soccer training with Tico coaches alongside Tico peers, as well as regional tourism excursions, before participating in an amicable weekend competition towards the end of the trip. By no means do you have to be headed towards a professional soccer career (although you could be:)… we invite any and all who simply have a true love for the sport. 

Spend half your day in soccer training while you spend the rest of the time exploring some of what makes this region & community so amazing.

  • Hiking through a Biological Reserve, across the longest suspension bridge in the region
  • Visiting a butterfly garden and examining some of the wildest caterpillars and most beautiful butterflies you've ever seen
  • Exploring the Sarapiqui River by boat, spotting sloths, howler monkeys, iguanas, and maybe a caiman or two
  • Kayaking in an extinct volcanic crater, the deepest lake in Costa Rica
  • Touring a wildlife refuge at sunrise, getting to listen to and watch as tons of bird species such as parrots, toucans, and macaws bring the forest to life at dawn
  • Hiking to mountain waterfalls, taking in some of the most breathtaking view points of an entire mountain valley
  • Learning at Arenal National Park, located at the base of an incredible volcano
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Trip Registration & Pricing

Meet your Tico Coaches

  • Date: July 2 - 12, 2022
  • Registration deadline: May 20, 2022
  • Min.- Max. participants: 6-10, Ages 13 - 16
  • Trip fee: $2,300
  • Fee includes:  Airport pick up and drop off, all meals and accommodations, soccer training, all entrance fees for activities & parks​, in-country transportation, COVID tests as required
  • Fee does not include: Airline ticket to Costa Rica (SJO), travel insurance for trip duration, spending cash 
Meet your Father-Son coaching team

Lifelong residents of our host community (La Flor), Juan Manuel and his son Jefferson have both been playing soccer their entire lives.  Juan Manuel has attended seminars for soccer training and coordinates and manages the soccer plaza tournaments and activities here in the La Flor.  His son, Jefferson, will be in his second year of college to study pharmacology and is a member of the Tier 1 soccer clubs in Costa Rica.  He has participated in several championship tournaments.


REGISTER NOW for the Summer Intercultural Soccer Camp 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!