After the completion of your volunteer project, you will also have the opportunity to experience ISV's educational adventure tour and explore the natural wonders of your host country with activities like white water rafting, soaking in hot springs, canopy zip-lining, rappelling, and a cultural presentation! The itinerary below gives a day by day breakdown of your activities.
Day 1: Arrive in Costa Rica and Welcome Orientation Meeting in Heredia, a vibrant town about 30 minutes from San Jose.
Day 2: Today you depart to your Project and begin the training and orientation sessions. Meet your host family* and learn about the history of the volunteer project and the amazing work you will be undertaking.
Day 3-13: For the next 12 days you will contribute to a range of tasks on your volunteer project. Each day will feature new goals and challenges and you will also be part of evening cultural activities to experience true local culture. You’ll also have a free day in which to explore the local area with your team.
Day 14: Say goodbye to your newfound Costa Rican friends and return to Heredia for your Tour Orientation Meeting. Rest up as tomorrow is a big day of adventure.
Day 15: The tour starts with an amazing overnight white water rafting trip on the world-class Pacuare River. You will stay overnight in a jungle eco-lodge powered by waterfalls. At night your guides prepare traditional meals as you take in the sounds of the forest and the river.
Day 16: Today you will continue rafting, passing spectacular waterfalls and canyons on the way. After a hearty lunch, travel to La Fortuna located at the base of Arenal Volcano. At night you'll soak in the Baldi hot springs, fuelled by geothermal waters from the nearby volcano. Enjoy exploring over 30 hot springs and get the adrenaline pumping on awesome waterslides.
Day 17: Challenge yourself on an action packed adventure day in the cloud forest. Rappel down a 200 ft waterfall, fly through the jungle canopy on 11 different zip-lines and learn about the indigenous Maleku culture through a visit to their mystical village. Try your hand at horseback riding.
Day 18: Say goodbye to Costa Rica as you head back to the airport and begin your trip home. Don’t forget to buy some local souvenirs and take plenty of pictures to make your friends jealous.
*Some volunteer projects involve staying (minimum in pairs) with experienced and carefully selected host families; a unique and enriching cultural experience.