Pura Vida! We start our three-week adventure with five days of morning conversational Spanish language classes. Designed with fun and everyday conversational skills in mind, we partner with young Costa Rican Spanish teachers to create an engaging classroom experience. Classes have a maximum of four Bold Earth students per teacher and involve games, field trips and lots of laughter! After morning classes, we spend two afternoons surfing, we go hiking and explore an active volcano! During this portion of the trip, each student stays with his or her own friendly host family. This is a wonderful start to our Costa Rica Teen Camp.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: SEA TURTLES & LOCAL SCHOOL
Our next experience is a volunteer project with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation. Based in a small village, we live with host families in the community and spend two days building a new playground at the local school. Next, we travel to the Pacific Coast to work on a project helping endangered sea turtles. Working with the Ostional Wildlife Refuge, we help sea turtles find safe hatching areas and assist baby sea turtles to safely walk to the ocean. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience on our Costa Rica teen trip!
ADVENTURE SPORTS: ZIP-LINE, SNORKEL, BIKE, TUBE & SAIL
With our community service and classroom sections behind us, we spend several days traveling with one thing in mind . . . adventure! Jungle zip-lines, snorkeling, tubing and sailing all lead up to our final adventure: rafting Class III rapids alongside monkeys and toucans on the wild Pacuare River. Our trip concludes at a backpackers lodge near Arenal Volcano, where we watch the distant flow of red-hot lava from the safety our cabanas in the jungle. Amazing adventure on Bold Earth's Costa Rica teen trip!
Costa Rica Classic 21
Costa Rica Classic 21
Costa Rica Classic 21
Costa Rica Classic 21
Costa Rica Classic 21
- Conversational Spanish Class: 5 Days
- Host Family Stay: 7 nights
- Surf, Zip-line, Snorkel & Sail
- Volcano, Hot Spring, Waterfall & Jungle
- Whitewater Raft Class II-III Rapids
Buying Guide: The packing list above is mandatory for your trip; however, the linked items are just shopping recommendations. Backpacks, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads may also be purchased from an outdoor store that has tested gear for varied environments. More generic gear such as mess kits, duffel bags, etc. can be bought relatively inexpensive at Target, Walmart, etc. Feel free to find the gear that suits you and your budget best. The Bold Earth office welcomes and expects questions about packing and equipment!
Travel and Packing Tips: Don't worry about how your backpack is arranged right now. Once you arrive, your Trip Leaders will show you the most efficient way to pack your bag for a multi-day trip. If you have the space for it, a great idea for your airport and travel days is to pack your empty backpacking backpack into your duffel bag. This will reduce your checked bags from two to one.
Spending Money: Bring approximately $75 per week. For most campers this is more than enough. This is for personal expenses and gifts. Unless there is an emergency, Bold Earth will not advance money.
Identification: ID is required when checking in for flights. Bring along a picture ID, library card, school ID or state ID card. Your trip leader will be happy to hold any ID or important documents.
Helmets: Helmets are provided and required for rafting and ice climbing.
Laundry: We visit laundromats weekly. You will wash your own clothes, we provide the suds, coins and know-how. Many participants have identical jeans, socks, hiking boots, etc. A good practice is to put your name on items which are not unique to you.
Trip Journal: Bring along a notebook to record the challenges and successes of your adventure. Forest Service (“USFS”) and National Park Service (“NPS”): Bold Earth is required to notify all participants that, to the extent a court determines USFS and NPS restrictions on waivers of liability apply to Bold Earth as a matter of law, Bold Earth’s liability for negligence may not be waived while you are traveling on those affected lands.
Reading List: The people, places and activities you will encounter on your trip are diverse and incredible. These are a few books offering background information. We suggest you consider reading these books before, during or after your adventure. Also, you might like to read Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Rock & Ice or Trilogy Magazine, available everywhere. For additional adventurous reading, check out Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time
WOW! The combination of adventure, service and language is PERFECTO!
Are you looking for a little of everything but not too much? Well imagine beaches, toucans, Spanish, host families, rafting, zip-lines, volcanoes, surf, snorkel, sun and amazing friends!
With one US Leader and one Costa Rican Leader, you and 12 other campers will have the SUMMER OF A LIFETIME! Costa Rica is a safe, democratic and healthy country that is frequently noted as the adventure capital of Latin America. 20 years of experience – Bold Earth is the leader in Costa Rica teen travel programs!
OF COURSE! Bold Earth is not your typical blah, blah, blah, Spanish program. Your Trip Leaders and Spanish teachers are young, fun, interesting and make the time fly. While it is all fun and games, you will also learn a TON and improve tremendously. Learning Spanish on Costa Rica Classic consists of two elements:
1. Living in Costa Rica: Each day Bold Earth makes Spanish language a FUN priority. Examples include shopping for lunch or breakfast in a local market, ordering for the group at a restaurant, a scavenger hunt, seeing a movie, playing soccer with local youth, the options are unlimited, fun and highly organized!
2. Language Classes: Five of your twenty-one days will include language class for 4 hours. The goal of these 5 days is fun and highly personalized language instruction. The MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE IS 4 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 Costa Rica Classic. Even in just five days, campers feel more comfortable speaking and writing in Spanish. Campers LOVE Spanish, have a ton of fun and improve tremendously.
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!
• Homestays – 7 nights: 4 during Spanish School, 3 during Service. During language stay, we place 1 student per family to encourage Spanish Immersion. During service, we place 2 students per family. Families are carefully screened and students LOVE their home-stay families!
• Hotels – 13 nights
Bold Earth carefully chooses the Lodges and Hotels to be comfortable and authentic.
Homestays are often the highlight of the trip, allowing you the opportunity to really connect with locals. Home-stay families are very carefully selected and screened, and have been working with Bold Earth for years. Host families are reimbursed for their hospitality. Thousands of campers have LOVED Bold Earth host families – this can be the highlight of the trip 🙂
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 melty. Some people bring a memento from their home town 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.
BOLD EARTH HOST FAMILIES ARE AMAZING! Caring, friendly and super conscientious hosts. THOUSANDS of Bold Earth students have enjoyed and found the homestay to be a highlight.
Host families are carefully screened and paid to host Bold Earth students. It is our job and responsibility to provide safe, safe and safe homestays!
• 1 Camper per Family (Maximize language learning).
• 2 Campers per Family during Service Project
• Homestays are comfortable and modern (nice bathrooms, refrigerators, etc..). Not a hut in the jungle.
• All campers live in same neighborhood – trip leaders are very nearby.
• Campers together as a group from 8am – 6pm
• Campers with host-family for dinner and sleeping.
Bold Earth students spend a moderate amount of time with their host families. Almost all of every day you are together with your group. Every camper is visited by your trip leader during your stay. All campers have their own private room and access to a western-style (YES, toilets and hot water!) bathroom. All families have telephones and our leaders carry cell phones.
If there is ever the slightest problem we immediately switch host families. Bold Earth understands its responsibility to provide SAFE, SAFE, SAFE and sweet, wonderful, caring host families. We take this responsibility very seriously.
Thousands of students have successfully enjoyed homestays with Bold Earth. It is common to be nervous and we understand! Not convinced? Speak directly with Bold Earth Costa Rica Alumni. e-mail or call our office to immediately receive references.
Community Service is a Bold Earth core value. Bold Earth carefully chooses hands on community service projects that are active, engaging and . . . LIFE CHANGING! All Bold Earth participants will receive a certificate to document their service hours.
Service Credit: 20 Hours
Project #1: 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. Our project goal is to assist a low income neighborhood by building a children’s park. We create a playground, plant trees, paint murals and spend time with the local children. For more information on the C.R.H.F. visit: Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation. Campers give back to the local community during an active community service project and also have plenty of opportunities to speak Spanish!
Project #2: 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 in 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 Costa Rica Classic Packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view: Costa Rica Classic 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 to 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. Plus it’s a GREAT way to practice your Spanish 🙂
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 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 – WOW!
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 perfecto, 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 main reason we visit Costa Rica is because it’s covered in amazing rain forests rich with wildlife, birds and incredible beauty.
Bold Earth campers love to eat – we get it! Good thing Costa Rican food is delicious, healthy and diverse. On Costa Rica Classic we indulge ourself in Costa Rican culture. Popular foods in Costa Rica include rice, beans, chicken, fresh fish, fruits and vegetables. Bold Earth and host families always provide plenty of delicious and nutritious food and campers help cook during homestays!
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.
Costa Rica Classic 21 is specifically designed to combined with Peru Machu Picchuor Ecuador Galapagos. Time between trips (1 day) is fully supervised and is included at no additional cost. It is important that if you are interested in combining trips that you contact our Colorado office for more informationat 303-526-0806 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Small group size = SUCCESS!
We know teenagers and we understand that a small group size is ESSENTIAL to camper success – especially on an adventure program.
Who wants to travel with 40 other teens on a big bus??? Bonding and friendship are essential to the success of any summer program. Bold Earth leaders are carefully trained in group dynamics and leadership.
Also, Bold Earth leaders are the MOST FUN PEOPLE EVER! Your two Trip Leaders will take a hands on approach for the success of every individual. Bold Earth campers make friendships that last a lifetime.
YES! Bold Earth campers are diverse, energetic, leaders and FUN! Approximately, 80% 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. BOLD EARTH CAMPERS ARE AMAZING!
Passport: ALL campers require a valid passport to enter Costa Rica. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after end of 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 Costa Rica Classic. 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 Classic Itinerary on the Bold Earth 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.
Over 15,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We make it very easy for you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programing and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like.
We want careful and selective families to join Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic. To receive a list of references call our office in Colorado at 303-526-0806 or e-mail us at email@example.com. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live. We are eager to share our references and extensive alumni network of over 15,000 participants from 55 countries and all 50 states.
I had an amazing time on my Bold Earth Costa Rica Classic trip. I loved everything we did! The adventure activities were perfect!! I have no complaints. I thought the CPI classes were really helpful and improved my Spanish a lot. Both the home stays and the community service helped me grow and see myself in a different way. My guides were great! They were so helpful and welcoming and I never felt in danger or too far out of my comfort zone. I bonded with the 13 kids on my trip extremely well and I made memories that I will never forget. I still keep in contact with most of the kids and both of my guides. I had a really good time doing the community service part of the trip. Once I got used to it, I loved my home stays. It pushed me to try something new and i'm so glad that I did. I think the trip as a whole was a great learning opportunity for me. Just traveling to such an amazing place without my family and being responsible for myself. Most people I know never get this opportunity and I am so glad that I had it. I learned so much about myself.
WELL BALANCED TRIP!
PARENTS, Donna & Mitch: Once again Bold Earth exceeded our expectations. Our son had a marvelous time on Costa Rica Classic and we have recommended Bold Earth to others. We believe that it was a well balanced trip and we know that Gregg really enjoyed the community service aspect because of its direct impact on the children's needs. We also would love to congratulate the leaders for their warmth and concern for the kids.
WISH I FOUND OUT ABOUT BOLD EARTH EARLIER!
Wish I found out about Bold Earth earlier! Costa Rica Classic was the best trip I've ever been on. The Costa Rica leaders were both wonderful people! Both went above and beyond to make the trip amazing. Thank you Bold Earth!
I had an amazing time and made a lot of great friends on Costa Rica Classic. Costa Rica is a beautiful place and I had such a great experience. It was a summer that I'll never forget.
PARENTS, Stephanie & Jeffrey: Awesome growth experience for my son. He has matured since returning and has had extremely positive things to say about Costa Rica Classic, his leaders and the great group of kids who attended with him. The Trip Leaders were excellent communicators. Kept us well informed and I felt the children were in very capable hands. Would recommend to anyone and would consider for our younger daughter when she gets older.
Amazing, I wish I could do Costa Rica Classic again!
PARENTS, Migdalia & Tony: Brianna had a blast in Costa Rica.
VERY COMFORTABLE WITH BOLD EARTH!
PARENTS, Sharon & Paul: I felt very comfortable with Bold Earth. There was sufficient communication and team efforts to keep us informed. Caitlin had nothing but good things to say about her Costa Rica experience. I would recommend Bold Earth to any family looking for a fun and adventurous supervised learning experience. Our only regrets are not finding Bold Earth until Caitlin turned 18! << LESS
Was an amazing and memorable Costa Rica Classic trip. I will look forward to doing a trip with Bold Earth next year!
PARENTS, Carmel & Jeff: This was a wonderful experience for Cameron. His leaders were a very responsible and enthusiastic group of individuals who worked well together. He is very thankful to the host families in Costa Rica who took care of him, and especially enjoyed the adventure activities at the end of the trip along with the Spanish classes as well.
NOTHING BUT POSITIVE THINGS TO SAY!
PARENTS, Stephanie & Dan: Costa Rica Classic was a great experience for Adrienne. She came home with nothing but positive things to say about the people, her leader, and all the activities they shared. I saw personal growth from the two short weeks she was away. We also felt confident in the planning, communication and organization that Bold Earth demonstrated before, during and after the trip.
EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS!
Costa Rica was absolutely amazing. Every second was another adventure. The kids on the trip were incredible and the Trip Leaders AMAZING. It was adventurous. The learning was amazing. I now am confident in speaking Spanish. The service was meaningful and I loved working with the kids - it was a true eye opener. The adventure part was so much fun! The hikes, the rafting, the zip-lining and the waterfalls were all unbelievable. I now have wonderful stories to share with everyone and everyone I tell my stories to are all jealous. It was truly one of the best experiences of my life!
PARENTS, Edana & Loyd: Lauren's trip this summer to Costa Rica exceeded all of our expectations. The communication was wonderful, her leaders incredible, the composition of campers was perfect, and the learnings tremendous. It was successful all the way around!
COSTA RICA CLASSIC WAS AMAZING!
PARENTS, Marie-Helene & Alfredo, Christopher had the time of his life. Once again, and just as last year after the Fiji trip, he returned home as a more mature, more independent child.
MADE BEST FRIENDS!
Costa Rica Classic was absolutely unbelievable! It was truly the trip of a lifetime and I will remember it forever, I still can't stop thinking about it days after! The activities were interesting, unique, and simply awesome! The community service was very unique and rewarding, and the Spanish classes were very helpful. I couldn't have asked for better trip leaders: Rachel was very organized and looked out for our safety, while at the same time being a ton of fun! Johnny is one of the most intelligent people I've ever met, he was so helpful, funny, kind, and caring! They were both extremely selfless and always made sure we had an awesome time! I enjoyed the nightly meetings because they gave me a chance to think about some deeper things and share things with people with whom I became close. They also gave me a chance to think about how to change some things that I would like to improve about myself. I learned a lot about myself and others, and I definitely made my best friends! I burst into a smile every time I think the words Costa Rica and am so glad to have participated in such an amazing trip!
PARENTS, Randee & Paul: We were very impressed with the trip leader, Rachel. She made sure that Jamie called upon arrival, which was comforting after many hours of a delayed flight. She also made sure that Jamie connected with us mid trip while at the university. He sounded thrilled with his experience and continued to have an amazing time for the entire 3 weeks. It was the perfect program for him!
I really enjoyed the schedule of events as well as the community service part of Costa Rica Classic. The leaders were great also!
PARENTS,Leah & Jeff: The leadership and communication was great during the entire time and the trip was well scheduled and throughout. Josh had a great time!
Costa Rica Classic 21
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.