- June 29 - July 19
- Spanish Language: 5 Fun Days!
- Snorkeling by Beautiful Beaches
- 2 days of Surfing & Lessons
- Sailing on a Catamaran
- Whitewater Raft: Pacuare River
- Hot springs, Waterfalls & Jungle Treks
- Community Service: 20 Hours
*The itineraries below are from summer 2018. The 2019 itinerary will be finalized in October 2018.
SURF, SAIL & SPANISH CLASSES
ADVENTURE SPORTS: ZIP-LINE, SNORKEL, BIKE, TUBE & SAIL
COMMUNITY SERVICE: SEA TURTLES & LOCAL SCHOOL
Epic Costa Rica is the perfect combination of adventure, service, and culture.
Looking for a little bit of everything? On Epic Costa Rica, you’ll experience beaches, toucans, language immersion, volcanoes, surfing, homestays, ziplining, snorkeling, and incredible new friends.
With one American Trip Leader and one local Costa Rican guide, you and 12 other campers will have the summer of a lifetime. Costa Rica is a safe, democratic, and healthy country that is frequently referred to as the adventure capital of Latin America. Bold Earth has been leading trips in Costa Rica for more than twenty years – we know Costa Rica!
To receive a list of Epic Costa Rica references call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.
Since 1976 over 16,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programming and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like.
We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic.
We get it – you want to learn Spanish, but you don’t want to spend your summer in school! Trip Leaders and Spanish teachers are young, fun, engaging, and make learning Spanish amazing. While having fun, you will learn a ton and improve your language skills immensely.
Learning Spanish on Epic Costa Rica consists of two elements:
1. Living in Costa Rica: Each day Bold Earth makes the Spanish language a fun priority. Examples include shopping for lunch or breakfast in a local market, ordering for the group at a restaurant, completing a scavenger hunt, seeing a movie, playing soccer with local youth – the options are endless and fun!
2. Language Classes: Five of your twenty-one days will include language class for 4 hours each day. The goal of these 5 days is to have fun and improve your language skills through highly personalized language instruction. The maximum class size is four students in order to provide each student the greatest level of interaction and personalized attention from the Costa Rican instructor. The language school portion of your trip allows you to get serious in a super encouraging environment. Our Spanish immersion school takes place in a lovely, secure, and fully equipped campus.
Families (and Spanish teachers back home) are amazed by camper progress on Epic Costa Rica! Even in just five days, campers feel more comfortable speaking and writing in Spanish.
Bold Earth is clear that summer is a time to have fun in a completely new environment with friends for life. Yes, classes are graded but only for your feedback. Yes, there are homework assignments and workbooks but they are strictly for your advancement in Spanish. Most campers do homework with their family – it is really fun!
Epic Costa Rica campers spend 13 total nights staying in bed and breakfast-style adventure lodges, and seven total nights in homestays. Four of the homestay days are during Spanish school, and three are during the service portion of our trip. During the service homestays, two campers stay with each family. During the language stay, we place one student per family to encourage Spanish immersion. Bold Earth carefully chooses all accommodations to be safe, comfortable, and authentic.
Homestays are often the highlight of the trip, allowing campers the opportunity to really connect with locals. Homestay families are very carefully selected, screened, and have been working with Bold Earth for years. Host families are reimbursed for their hospitality.
Families who choose Bold Earth are looking for authentic, safe, and successful adventures. Staying in a homestay gives Bold Earth campers the opportunity to experience the best of Costa Rica. Eating local food and experiencing Costa Rican culture while staying with a family are all part of this amazing adventure.
Year after year, campers love the short homestay in Costa Rica – it’s the perfect length and very carefully planned. Campers experience authentic culture to complement the days of active adventure.
Homestay Fast Facts:
• Two campers per family (private room) during service, one camper per family during language school
• Homestays are comfortable and modern (nice bathrooms, refrigerators, etc..)
• All campers live in same neighborhood – Trip Leaders are very nearby
• Campers are together from 8 am – 6 pm, and have a post-dinner evening meeting every night before bed
• Campers are with host-family for dinner and sleeping
Should you bring a gift for your host family? A gift is not necessary or expected. If you choose to bring a gift, we suggest a picture of your family, a soccer ball, or a cool picture book – nothing extravagant, heavy, or that can melt. Some people bring a memento from their hometown as a gift. Another gift that is appreciated is a book in English for their school or library. Children’s books in English are especially well received.
Community Service is a Bold Earth core value. Bold Earth carefully chooses hands-on community service projects that are active, engaging, meaningful and life-changing. All Bold Earth participants will receive a certificate to document their service hours.
Service Credit: 20 Hours
Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation: Bold Earth has partnered with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation for many years to help build playgrounds, parks, and gardens in the city of Heredia. During our community service project, campers live with host families for four days and attend Spanish School in the afternoon. We will support a low-income neighborhood by building a children’s park. We create a playground, plant trees, paint murals, and spend time interacting with the local children. For more information on the C.R.H.F. visit the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation website.
Ostional National Wildlife Park: Partnering with the Ostional National Wildlife Park, Bold Earth participants see how wildlife conservation can protect animals and ecosystems. Bold Earth Campers spend two evenings working alongside park rangers and World Wildlife Foundation biologists at the wildlife refuge to protect nesting sea turtles. We volunteer by patrolling beaches, looking for nesting sea turtles, and translocating nests to protective hatcheries. We also volunteer at the hatchery monitoring success rates and releasing baby turtles into the ocean. For more information visit: Ostional National Wildlife Park.
Click to view: ALL Bold Earth community service projects
Over the last 20 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the Epic Costa Rica packing list to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Check out the Epic Costa Rica Packing List for a detailed description of exactly what to bring. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.
Checking Bags? Most campers choose to check their bags for Costa Rica. Major airlines do not charge for checked bags for international destinations. Check with your airline for checked bag fees. Campers are required to pay for their own checked bags.
Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.
For campers interested in politics, international development, cooking, music, sports, or just about any topic, “Ticos” love to talk. Ticos are immensely proud of their country and love to share. Like Spanish? There’s plenty of opportunities to expand your language skills!
Costa Rica is a wonderful place to travel. Full of culture, natural beauty, and educated citizens, campers are immersed in a new language and a sophisticated country. Costa Ricans, known as “Ticos”, are proud, happy, and successful. Campers are always impressed by Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east.
Costa Rica constitutionally abolished its army in 1949. It is the only Latin American country to have been a democracy since 1950 or earlier. Costa Rica is a leader of good governance, police relations, and environmental sustainability in Latin America. Costa Rica serves as an inspiration to the developing world.
In 2012, The New Economics Foundation (NEF) ranked Costa Rica as the world’s happiest and greenest country! Campers experience the beauty of Costa Rica’s environment and the warmth of its culture.
According to the World Bank, Costa Rica’s GDP per capita is US $11,122 (2009), The literacy rate in Costa Rica is 94.9%, one of the highest in Latin America. When the army was abolished in 1949, it was said that the “army would be replaced with an army of teachers.” In 2010 the life expectancy at birth for Costa Ricans was 79.3 years.
Costa Rican summer weather is pretty much perfect, 80° – 90° F, 26° – 32° C. Frequent afternoon rainstorms cool down the day and usually do not interfere with our activities.
Keep in mind, one of the main reasons we visit Costa Rica is because it’s covered in amazing rainforests rich with wildlife, birds and incredible beauty.
Bold Earth campers love to eat, and Costa Rican food is delicious, healthy, and diverse. Popular foods in Costa Rica include rice, beans, chicken, fresh fish, fruit, and vegetables. Bold Earth and host families always provide plenty of delicious and nutritious food, and campers help cook during the trip!
Costa Rican cuisine is known for being flavorful, yet fairly mild, with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Rice and black beans are a staple of most traditional Costa Rican meals, often served three times a day; Gallo Pinto, a breakfast dish of rice and beans mixed together with onions and bell peppers, is often considered the Costa Rican national dish.
Bold Earth is proud to run trips with small groups and positive social dynamics. Our Epic Costa Rica group has a maximum of 13 incredible and enthusiastic campers with one American Trip Leader and one Costa Rican guide.
Group size matters! Small groups enhance camper experience and cultivate better relationships. Knowledgeable and experienced guides make Bold Earth trips safer while giving Bold Earth programs powerful authenticity.
Bold Earth encourages all participants to take ownership of their Bold Earth trip. Campers will get a chance to be the Leader of the Day (LOD), which will give campers the opportunity to step into a leadership role. Our goal is for students to return home with a dozen new lifelong friends, feeling more confident, more of a leader, and more self-aware with a better appreciation of the world around them.
Yes! Bold Earth campers are diverse, energetic, leaders and fun! Approximately 85% of campers join Bold Earth on their own. Bold Earth fully supports students joining on their own or with friends.
Bold Earth will not allow more than three people who know each other in one group. We recommend you contact alumni references from this trip to ask them for feedback about the students in their group.
Passport: ALL campers require a valid passport to enter Costa Rica. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the trip.
Americans, EU, and Canadians: No visa required
Other Countries: Most campers will not require a visa to visit Costa Rica. For more information, we recommend you contact the Costa Rican embassy in your home country.
Bold Earth carefully researches possible health risks as part of our trip planning for the exact destinations we visit on Epic Costa Rica. Bold Earth visits well-established tourist locations. For most campers, standard vaccinations are sufficient for travel in Costa Rica.
For more information, please consult your family physician or local travel clinic. The day-to-day Costa Rica Active itinerary on the website can be printed show to your travel clinic or family physician.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a Costa Rica specific website which we find to be very broad covering all areas, ages, seasons and types of travel.
Ultimate Costa Rica
Travel Made Easy!
- Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
- We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.
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