Environmental Stewardship & Conservation

Costa Rica

Duration 10 days
Suggested group size 12 - 20 students / 2 Envoys Field Staff
Suggested ages 14 - 18
Experience Environmental Stewardship & Conservation


Environmental Stewardship & Conservation

Costa Rica II

Costa Rica is celebrated for the kindness of its people, diverse ecosystems, and natural beauty, and also for having no standing army in an effort toward peace. Still, it faces challenges in rural development and services for indigenous communities. This program guides students to explore their individual values, in moments of peace, and of turbulence. Then we look outward, delving into Costa Rica's diverse animal kingdom, featuring sloths, monkeys, turtles, and iguanas.

“In the embrace of Pura Vida, where sloths lounge in the treetops and waves caress golden shores, Costa Rica beckons as a sanctuary for both adventure and tranquility.“


“Rainforests hum, volcanoes paint horizons, biodiversity's grand spectacle unfolds.“


Impact Statement Everywhere we go, we carry a promise – to engage with respect, act with purpose, and leave a positive imprint. As envoys of our journey is more than travel; Our footprint is light, but our impact is profound, creating bridges of cooperation and mutual growth across the globe.

Day 1

Students are greeted by Envoys educators. After checking in, they engage in a safety briefing, group activities, and a welcome dinner, fostering camaraderie and shared agreements for their time together. From there, we head out to explore the surrounding area and have a welcome dinner together.

Day 2

Morning visit to Toucan Rescue Ranch in San Isidro, learning about wildlife rehabilitation. Then, students explore a didactic coffee farm, understanding cultivation dynamics. A visit to a nearby organic farm highlights land stewardship and sustainable systems. Return to San Jose.

Day 3

Early start with Gallo Pinto breakfast and visit to a volcano for a half-day hike with Leave No Trace principles. Mindfulness experiments and packing follow. En route to the Caribbean coast, we lunch in Limón. Arrive in Cahuita, and engage in a seaside group activity.

Day 4

We visit Cahuita National Park for a guided tour, observing diverse wildlife. Then we explore Tree of Life Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, with resident scientists, with an optional mangrove kayak tour. Students engage in communication challenges, practicing Spanish with locals.

Day 5

We reflect on our growth as travelers and then visit Bonifacio's Sloth Sanctuary, learning about sloth rescue. Then, we pack for a bus ride to Tortuguero National Park, our next destination for a two-night stay.

Day 6

At Tortuguero National Park, we learn about turtle habitats and biological processes. After lunch, we engage in a workshop on navigating complexity, focusing on environmental conservation challenges posed by tourism. We interview locals, and build a map of stakeholders, conflicts, and resources.

Day 7

Early start to travel to Monteverde Cloud Forest. We lunch en route, later arriving at a hotel high above the jungle. After check-in, we embark on an afternoon hike in the Monteverde preserve, guided by a naturalist. Dinner and debrief follow, allowing for rest at the hotel.

Day 8

Students have the opportunity to spend a whole morning with scientists in the nature preserve, working on projects that focus on sustainability and conservation. After lunch, we have a chance to zip line high above the forest, getting a bird’s eye view of the habitats below.

Day 9

We start with a birding tour in the cloud forest. The, we travel to Puntarenas, have lunch on the beach, and an afternoon of plastic cleanup and swimming. Day ends with a debrief and reflection workshop, allowing students to process experiences and prepare to share learnings with family and school.

Day 10

We celebrate over lunch before heading to San José. After a few hours drive, depending on flight times, we either head straight to the airport, or stop in Cartago to learn about the country's previous capital city, diving into the history of the earthquake that changed the city forever.

Slideshow 1 Slideshow 1 Slideshow 1 Slideshow 1 Slideshow 1 Slideshow 1 Slideshow 1 Slideshow 1 Slideshow 1 Slideshow 1

Lenses of Inquiry


Environmental Protection and Stewardship

Students explore Costa Rica's sustainability commitment, studying ecosystems, biodiversity, and the consequences of disrupting balance. The program delves into cultural and historical factors shaping environmental values, policies, and the role of community for a sustainable future.


Agents of Peace

Students explore peace as a foundation for sustainable communities. They learn about Costa Rica's history and factors for peace and delve into nonviolence and activist strategies, aiming to inspire active citizenship for positive change and more peaceful societies.


Mindfulness and Wellness

Students explore cultivating a mindful, healthy lifestyle for a sustainable future. They learn mindfulness, meditation, and practices for well-being, as contributing factors to a balanced life. The goal is to inspire active agents of health and advocate a holistic approach in their communities.


let us clear any
doubts you might have

At Envoys, we work to unite and educators from around the world to explore issues of global significance.

Do I need a visa to travel this destination?

What currency is used, and how can I exchange money?

What vaccinations or health precautions do I need?

Related trips

Discover more learning experiences

Culture, Community & Conservation
South and Central America


Colombia I

Dive into the diverse culture and natural beauty of Colombia on a student adventure trip. A journey of learning and adventure!

Contemporary Islam, Post-Colonial Legacies


Morocco I

Journey through Morocco's rich cultural heritage and historic cities on a cultural student tour. A journey of learning and adventure!

Tourism & Conservation


Indonesia II

Explore Bali's gastronomy and rich cultural heritage on a student adventure and conservation travel. A journey of learning and adventure!