Program Details

- Participate in three different community service opportunities - Night hike in Monteverde - Soak in hot springs at Arenal Volcano - Take a Costa Rican cooking class
Fortuna, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Work Types:
Animals, Children, Environment
1-2 weeks

Program Overview

Program Description:

We have three community service opportunities to connect deeply with Costa Rica’s culture. We will volunteer at a wildlife rescue centre, a farm, and a charity, each focused on different aspects of the country’s life.

We begin in La Fortuna, a small town at the foot of Arenal Volcano. From here we’ll visit stunning waterfalls and swim in hot springs from the volcano. We volunteer at Proyecto Asis's Wildlife Rescue Center, where we release wildlife back into their natural habitat or improve their homes inside the centre. Here we’ll connect with spider monkeys, macaws, kinkajous, and caimans.

Next, we’ll travel to Monteverde and the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve to learn about its unique ecology. We’ll have the rare opportunity to take a night hike and discover nocturnal animals while our new daytime jungle friends are sleeping. We’ll also volunteer at a farm at Life Monteverde, to learn how we can protect this beautiful environment sustainably.

Finally, we’ll head to the Guanacaste coast and our private villas in Playas del Coco. We will enjoy ocean and beach fun with swimming, volleyball, and optional surf lessons. Nearby in town, we’ll work closely with a community group, meal planning and preparing dinner for local children.

After connecting with the country’s vibrant ecology and making a difference in the community, we’ll relax in the sun and enjoy a farewell banquet

Setting Description:
Program Itinerary: La Fortuna: 2 days Arenal: 1 day Monteverde: 2 days Playas del Coco: 2 days Most of our accommodations will be in hotels.
$3,570 CAD. Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $575 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Also includes supervision. Please visit for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
Blyth Academy strongly believes in the value of educational travel. We believe in making our programs fully accessible to all students, and therefore provide financial aid to students and families who have demonstrated financial need.

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