Costa Rica

High School Program

Costa Rica, meaning ‘rich coast’, is famous for expansive protected regions and welcoming local communities. This makes it the perfect environment for your class’ adventure.

Exploring biodiversity

Costa Rica is a lush country with extraordinary biodiversity. Students on this program will have the opportunity to explore some of the unique ecosystems found in protected forests, beaches, volcanos and river systems. By learning about the value of biodiversity, students will also meet with local change-makers who are ensuring the protection of this region.

Environmental justice

A world leader in conservation, Costa Rica has over 25% of its land as protected national parks. Students will learn about how the country has been able to grow its economy while continuing to protect the environment and wildlife. This program will dive into questions about environmental protection and justice around the world.

Popular themes in Costa Rica

Fully customizable authentic experiences

At Insight, our program itineraries are as unique as your students. All our program itineraries are customized with teacher chaperones to ensure that it meets the needs of your students.

With the support of a variety of local vendors and NGO’s, we promise that your students will get an authentic, local experience.

Program costs

We make it simple. No hidden fees or itinerary exclusions.

12-15 Students 

$3250 USD*

16-20 Students 

$3050 USD*

21-24 Students 

$2850 USD*

* Prices are estimated per student for a 9-day program.

Our prices include:

Program highlights

Explore the extraordinary biodiversity and lush ecosystems. A popular hike students can do is through Cahuita National Park in Puerto Viejo.

Students will have the chance to visit animal sanctuaries and learn about animal protection and habitat rehabilitation efforts.

Participate in a dialogue that allows students to learn from a variety of new teachers. On a exploratory walk, students learned interesting facts about flora and fauna from our local guide.

Learn about sustainability from changemakers leading projects in their communities. Previously, students learned about how plastic bottles are being repurposed for gardening projects.

Engage with the local community in a meaningful way. Students partnered with a local high school to volunteer in a greenhouse nursery and planted trees to reduce their carbon footprint.

How it works

Want to take your students outside the classroom? Review our program locations and suggested themes.

Connect with one of our High School Educators who will help custom design your program.

With our assistance, submit required paperwork and details to your Administration and School Board.

Announce the trip to your students! (We’ll provide all the materials you need).

Invite us to your school to host a Student & Parent Info Night! We will be there to answer questions and support student sign-up!

Sample Itinerary

  • Arrive at San Jose International Airport
  • Enjoy guided tours through the heart of the city along the Central Boulevard and Parque Nacional where students will learn about the country’s rich history
  • Explore San Jose Central Market and pick up a few handicrafts made from local artisans
  • Visit the National Museum and/or the Pre-Columbian Gold Exhibit to learn more about the countries unique culture before and after colonization
  • Cartago is an important city full of history and tradition. Students will explore the ruins of an unfinished church, visit pilgrimage sites and learn about the importance of religion for Costa Ricans.
  • Tour and participate in harvesting at a local Organic Vegetable Farm. Students will enjoy a true farm-to-table lunch or dinner experience.
  • Hike through Cahuita National Park
  • Visit the Tree of Life Sloth Rescue Centre and Jaguar Animal Rescue Centre to learn about animal protection and habitat restoration efforts
  • Learn how to make chocolate from cacao with guidance from the traditional Bri Bri Indigenous community
  • Experience the hospitality of the Caribbean, where Tico cultures mix with island neighbours
  • Hike up to the waterfalls and along the river and enjoy the beauty of this protected water system
  • Tour the “Mariposas del Pacuare” Butterfly sanctuary and protected growth forests
  • Join a local school to participate in restoration efforts at the tree nursery and learn about measuring your carbon footprint.
  • Return to San Jose along the only national highway in South America that cuts through a National Park
  • Final day Celebration dinner at the hotel
  • Depart from San Jose International Airport

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