Costa Rica Service Trip

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**Costa Rica Trip 2022**

In an effort to achieve the best possible experience for our travelers, it has become necessary to postpone our initial travel dates (August 2021) to July 2022.

Some adjustments to the trip requirements/timeline include:

  • 3 Projects: The research paper due date will be extended to April 2021. The Spanish project due date will be extended to October 2021. The biology project due date will be extended to February 2022. (more on this in future messages)
  • Travelers would have been fundraising the year of and the year after their trip, so travelers will be expected to participate in all activities and fundraising efforts planned from this point until the time of travel.
  • Trip scholarship applications will be available spring 2021.
  • The anticipated date for the initial $600 deposit: September 2021.

Please contact Mrs. Behrens O'Brien with any questions.

Trip Background

The bi-annual community service trip to Costa Rica was created to provide the students of Renaissance Academy with an opportunity to experience life beyond their neighborhoods, families, and school. The trip focuses on building a knowledge of the rich cultural nature of Costa Rica, both in the wildlife and in society.

Students also have the opportunity to provide much-needed school supplies and assistance to various school scattered about Costa Rica.

Tentative Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival to Costa Rica
  • Day 2: Day of activities in La Fortuna (location of Arenal Volcano)
  • Day 3: Maleku Reserve Social Project
  • Day 4: From La Fortuna to Monteverde via scenic route around Lake Arenal
  • Day 5: Monteverde and activities (including hikes and zip lining)
  • Day 6: From Monteverde area to Orphanage
  • Day 7: To Puna Leona and beach area
  • Day 8: Day to enjoy the costal area
  • Day 9: Early AM departure to San Jose to catch our flight.


  • Estimated cost of trip: $2200- $2500. Fundraising is conducted once applications are accepted.  Payments are collected each month.
  • A bus will transport travelers to and from RA and airport.
  • Cost includes airfare, hotels, all land-travel, all activities on itinerary, all meals, driver/guide tips, departure tax, and trip t-shirt.
  • Insurance will be obtained by trip coordinators on behalf of all travelers within 30 days of the initial deposit. This will be billed in addition to the trip cost. We will utilize Travelex Travel Insurance and provide a copy of the policy to each traveler.

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