Rustic Pathways has been operating enriching programs in Central America for eight years. We offer twenty diverse programs in Costa Rica, which range from helping save sea turtles, to working with an indigenous tribe in the Caribbean and exploring the jungle in Corcovado National Park. Three years ago we began working with the Kuna Indians on the San Blas Archipelago in Panama. We are proud to continue our work with this welcoming community and to introduce our students to this beautiful destination through service and adventure.
We custom design our Journeys to meet your school’s requirements, so please contact us to discuss the type of experience you are looking for. As a general guide, here are some of the potential elements of your Journey through Costa Rica:
Rustic Pathways has developed various long-term partnerships with communities, villages and local organisations in Costa Rica. Experience for yourself the power of sustainable environmental development programs. Contribute to sea turtle conservation efforts or lend a hand with remote village infrastructure projects or social development and engagement activities. Some of our service projects that you could support include:
Reforestation Projects: Undertaking environmental initiatives by replanting trees on the Osa Peninsula, helping in a recycling centre or helping in local gardens.
Primary Schools: Help run and tutor in English classes at primary schools around Costa Rica.
BriBri & Sarapiqui Village Service: Teaching English, small-scale construction work and improving local infrastructure.
The Hogarcito: Interact with Tics kids from an orphanage in the town of La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano.
Turtle Conservation: Work alongside National Park Rangers to protect this beautiful creature and it’s habitat by assisting in the turtle hatcheries, beach clean-ups, reforestation and egg-collection projects.
Summer Leadership Camp: Work together to create and run a summer camp for disadvantaged local kids. Develop meaningful connections with the kids through fun, engaging and educational activities.
Experience the warmth and laid-back vibe of tico culture in the beaches, towns, and jungles of Costa Rica. Immerse yourself in the indigenous culture of the Bribri, hone your Spanish skills through immersive homestays, or get adventurous and explore the jungle and zip line through the rainforest. You may like to incorporate some of the following experiences into your Journey:
BriBri Cultural Activities: BriBri community and culture is very welcoming and during your time in the village you will have the opportunity to learn about this villages way of life. As well as learning about how to use the cacoa plant to make chocolate and about BriBri’s use of medicinal plants.
The Maleku Community: Have a unique opportunity to interact with the Maleku community. You will play games and practice Spanish with the local children and learn about this fascinating culture. The Maleku are one of Costa Rica’s eight remaining indigenous groups and have lived in the northern regions of Costa Rica for centuries. Today, only about 600 Maleku people still live in three communities in northern Costa Rica on a reservation that is a fraction of the size of their former lands.
Costa Rican Wildlife: Home to some of the most bio diverse swaths of land and sea on the planet, Costa Rica is famed for its natural environment – and it’s commitment to that environment! Costa Ricans – or Ticos, as they’re called here – are intensely proud and protective of their lands, and have put their country on the map as the world leader in eco-tourism and environmental protection. Learn, firsthand, about some of the methods used in sustainable development areas.
Adventure and challenge is inherent to every Journey, however, if you are looking to physically challenge your students through a specific activity, you may opt to include:
Surfing: Learn to carve up some waves in a series of surf lessons from local legends.
Kayak, Sail, And Snorkel: Get out on the warm Costa Rican ocean to try your hand at any of these activities.
White-water rafting: Throw on a lifejacket and head for 1 or more days down the Pacuare River for a rafting adventure.
Sleep in a cave: A truly Rustic experience, this camp is set behind a giant waterfall. While the setting is Rustic the camp has all facilities to make a night out here comfortable with beds, bathrooms, a kitchen and even a fire pit!
Rappelling waterfalls: Led by professionals in the industry, rappel down towering waterfalls into the jungles below. One of the waterfalls is 50 metres tall!
Zip-lining: Zip-lining in Costa Rica is breathtaking experience, as you shoot through the rainforest canopy you can hear howler monkeys and birds cheer as you reach lighting speed.
There are various accommodation options that we can offer in Costa Rica; it depends on how “rustic” you would like your Journey to be.
Hotels: A variety of 3, 4 & 5 star hotels in cities and towns.
Homestays: Students can homestay with local families in remote villages.
Volcano & Rainforest Base House: A large property located near the town of La Fortuna, this large house has capacity for groups of more than 60.
Turrialba Base House: A traditional Costa Rican townhouse set in the Turrialba Valley and is known for its locality to adventure activities.
The Surf Base House: Perched on a hill overlooking the rainforest, this multi-story surf house is located just outside the coastal town of Uvita. With easy access to consistent surf, this is a great spot for beginners or advanced surfers.
River Lodge: Located on the banks of the Pacuare River, the lodge is used primarily for rafters that are on overnight trips.
Luxury Tents: Camping in shared tents when in remote places is a great way to experience the Costa Rican wilderness.
Please chat to us if you have any special requests that you would like included in your Journey. There is nothing too big, small, or out-of-the-box that we can’t handle.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to start designing your Journey! We would be delighted to partner with your school to support the global education of your students.