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Costa Rica

VMS 2023
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Course Details

DATES
February 16-February 24

9DAYS

Departure City
Denver
TUITION
AVAILABILITY
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Alongside our partner, Rancho Quemado, you will learn about sustainable rural tourism and balancing human prosperity and the protection of natural resources.

Program Overview

This program will take you deep into the heart of the Osa Peninsula, home to 2.5% of the entire biodiversity of the planet. 

While in Rancho Quemado you will support a community development project, run workshops for children in the community, participate in a wildlife monitoring expedition, and meet with local leaders to learn how they are balancing economic development and conservation of this biodiversity-rich area. You will also have the opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish language, experience cultural traditions, meet with resident entrepreneurs, and explore all the Osa has to offer.

*Please note that programs are subject to change based on the health and safety of participants and our partners.

Program Highlights

Practice speaking Spanish while staying in rural cabins owned and operated by a local family

Experience the rich biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula

Support a community development project and run workshops for local children

Course Elements

1 is the least rigorous, 5 is the most rigorous

5
LEARNING SERVICE
You will support a community development project, run workshops for children, and participate in wildlife monitoring expeditions while learning about balancing economic development and conservation.
5
CURRICULUM
Prior to your travels, you will complete an online curriculum to gain background knowledge for your experience. While traveling, you will learn through engaging articles, cultural experiences, and group reflections.
2
TREKKING
You will be based in Rancho Quemado and have the opportunity to explore various sites around the area on a couple of long day hikes.
3
LIVING CONDITIONS
While at the project site, you will live in rural cabins owned and operated by a local family. While in San Jose, you will stay in a hostel.
2
ON THE MOVE
After arriving in San Jose, you will take a van to Rancho Quemado where you will be based for the duration of the program. While in Rancho Quemado there be a few short day trips by van.
3
REMOTENESS
You will spend the majority of your time in Rancho Quemado, a small town located on the Osa Peninsula in Southern Costa Rica.

Itinerary

1

Depart from Denver, and begin group orientation in San Jose.

2

Fly from San Jose to Drakes Bay. Bus from Drakes Bay to Rancho Quemado.

3

Learn about the sustainable production of food on an organic farm tour. Afternoon soccer session

4

Learn about the local environment while hiking with the Biological Monitoring Committee. Afternoon soccer session.

5

Visit a local sugar cane production mill and learn about the environmental impact of sugar cane. Afternoon soccer session.

6

Learn about the impact of gold mining on the environment. Afternoon soccer session.

7

Drive from Rancho Quemado to Uvita. Soccer training and games with local teams

8

Explore Marino Ballena, National Park. Drive to San Jose and spend the evening in San Jose

9

Depart for Denver

NOTE

Itineraries are subject to change based on the health and safety of participants and our partners.

Costa Rica : In Three Phases

1

PRE-COURSE CURRICULUM

Prior to your departure, you will be guided by your course instructors through a series of interactive, online lessons designed to help you engage with other members of your group while gaining important context for your experience.

2

FIELD STUDY

The majority of the days at each site are spent learning from our local partners and serving alongside them shoulder-to-shoulder. You will learn through service and experiences designed to help you understand the local context, culture, and history.

3

LIFELONG NETWORK

Ethical leadership is a lifelong journey. After your experience, you will become a part of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder network. This network of past alumni and partners is designed to inspire and support your journey in ethical leadership.

Travel Journal

During the travel phase of each SStS course, you will spend time reflecting on and processing your experience.

Important Details

TUITION*

*Vail Mountain School will bill families for this program

 

REGISTRATION

To register for this program and complete all required paperwork, please create a CampSite account with the link below.

Enrollment code: vms-cr

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group flight

Departing Flight (February 16)

Southwest Airlines # 615 Denver, CO (DEN) 10:45 AM Arrive Houston, TX (HOU) 3:45 PM

Southwest Airlines # 112 Houston, TX (HOU) 5:10 PM Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) 8:40 PM

Returning Flight (February 24)

Southwest Airlines # 1203 San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) 9:55 AM Arrive Houston, TX (HOU) 1:35 PM

Southwest Airlines # 2884 Houston, TX (HOU) 5:45 PM Arrive Denver, CO (DEN) 8:35 PM

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Please refer to Vail Mountain School’s Terms and Conditions for information on payment dates and refunds.

 

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