International Field Study: Costa Rica
February 26 to March 5, 2017
1 week (7 days)
Environmental Management, Eco-Restoration
Eco-system ResorationEnvironmental Management and Assessment
November 4 2016
What to Expect/Highlights
Costa Rica was ranked as the “greenest country in the world” (2009), ranked fifth in the 2012 Environmental Performance Index, and plans to be the worlds first carbon-neutral country by 2021. From tropical rain forests to one of the 10 most active volcanoes on the planet, Costa Rica has an incredibly vibrant ecosystem.
The Greenest Country in the World
This Environmental Experience trip will introduce students to the amazing natural environment of Costa Rica, as well as the measures they are taking to preserve their unique wildlife and ecosystems.
The trip will tour major ecological features of Costa Rica, and engage students in issues surrounding ecosystem restoration or environmental sustainability.
Feb 26 arrival to Costa Rica – Greeting and Meeting at the airport – Accommodation Hotel Paseo de las Damas. Walking city tour and dinner included.
Feb 27 Breakfast included at the hotel – Private transportation with bilingual guide with the group the whole time. – Transfer to Sarapiqui – Arrival to La Selva for the Introduction to OTS, La Selva – Lunch at La Selva – Tropical Rainforest and Natural History Walk – Dinner – Tropical Rainforest Night Walk – Accommodation at La Selva
Feb 28 Early morning birding tour – Breakfast included – Transfer from La Selva to the School for the Community Project – Return to La Selva – Time at leisure – Accommodation at La Selva – Dinner at La Selva
Mar 01 Breakfast included – Private transfer to Arenal – Learn about Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica from the point of view of a hotel – guided ranch tour and then Plant a Tree Activity to carbon off set your trip – dinner at hotel – Accommodation at Rancho Margot at the bunkhouse
Mar 02 Cow milking experience and then Breakfast included – Sustainable workshop and learning components – after lunch check out – Afternoon Private transfer to Monteverde – Accommodation at Hotel El Bosque – dinner included – evening to explore santa elena town
Mar 03 – Sky Adventures with the Hanging Bridges called Sky Walk then the Sky Tram and the Sky Trek. We can also visit the Herpentarium – afternoon footprints tour http://monteverdefund.org/monteverde-footprints-tour.html and then Dinner with dance lesson. – Accommodation at Hotel El Bosque. .
Mar 04 – Early morning walk at the cloud forest of Santa Elena Reserve – breakfast at the hotel – coffee and chocolate tour in monteverde and then private transfer to San Jose – Cultural activity with mascaradas and cimarrona with dinner. Accommodation at Holiday Inn
Mar 05 – Breakfast included – Transfer OUT
The Amazing Natural World of Costa Rica
- Tropical Rainforest Visit and Natural History Walk
- Birding tours/wildlife walks
- Community sustainable development project
- Night hikes, including learning about nocturnal species and behaviour
- Sustainable farming exploration
- Learn about major plant communities of Costa Rica (history, biogeography and taxonomy)
- Canopy Adventure in the cloud forest
- And much more…
This International Field Studies is for the adventurous at heart! The journey may require a high degree of physical fitness to accommodate for hikes and walking tours.
Vaccination, Safety and Travel
Please visit http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/costa-rica for federal government information and advisories.
Payment & Application Process
$500 BWR Grant Opportunity
Each student will be advanced a $500 Be World Ready Grant prior to departure. This will leave you owing only $2100 for your trip. Upon returning, you will have 30 days to submit a 500 word essay. Please visit our “Grants” Page for more info.
How to Pay
Option 1 – In person
- Go to Student Accounts located in the Registrar’s office at Niagara College. There is one at each campus.
- Have your student number available.
- Indicate that you would like to make a payment for an International Field Study: Costa Rica.
- Make payment (either deposit or final payment) for your International Opportunity to your student account.
Option 2 – Direct Deposit
When making payment through online banking:
- Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number.
- Once payment is made, you MUST email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name and student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for International Field Study: Costa Rica AND copy Danielle Jewer, at email@example.com on the email.
- The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly.
Note that the fees included below are approximate and may vary at any time. Payment Type
|Deposit (non-refundable)||$450||November 4th|
|2nd Payment (non-refundable)||$550||December 9th|
|3rd Payment (non-refundable)||$550||January 13th|
|Remaining payment (non-refundable)||$550||February 10th|
**Please note that deposit is non-refundable as this is used to purchase flights.
***There is a $29USD Costa Rican departure tax payable by the students directly when leaving. The student is responsible to have this amount on them when departing back to Canada.
Approximate Fees Include:
Flight, insurance, ground transportation in-country, accommodation (shared), three meals/daily, and group tours. Accommodations will differ by location.
Do Not Include:
Baggage fees (Please see below), Passport, optional vaccinations, personal spending money, transport to/from airport in Canada, optional culture tours.
Please note: Students are required to pay for their baggage fees at the airport.
1 checked luggage = 23 KG, 25$ CAD for outbound and 25$ USD for inbound !
|DIMENSIONS||Length + width + height must not exceed 158 cm (62 in)|
1 carry-on = 10 KG , Free of charge !
|DIMENSIONS||23 x 40 x 51 cm (9 x 16 x 20 in) (including wheels and handles)|
All deposits and payments should be assumed as non-refundable when being made. If a student needs to cancel, they will be refunded monies paid in accordance with the supplier partners’ Cancellation Policy that the Study Work Abroad team is working with. This includes supplier partners providing services such as flights, ground transportation, accommodation, meals, programming, attractions, etc.
- Apply Online
- Deposit Due (see above)
- Attend Group Info Session for detailed itinerary
- Final Payment Due (see above)
- Upon Return: Complete BWR Travel Grant form