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Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.
We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.
Leave the airlines to us.
After a busy day, comfort is key.
Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.
Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!
24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Urban transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
Gain a bird's-eye perspective on the pristine vegetation of the rainforest as you explore its canopy via zip-lines, swings, and treetop platforms. Keep a sharp lookout for some of the many species of birds, mammals and plants that make up this unique ecosystem. Your guide will teach you about the importance of biodiversity and the immeasurable contributions this type of ecosystem makes to society as a whole.
Horseback Ride, Río Frío Boat Trip, Manuel Antonio National Park, Community Service Project in Sarapiquí, Monteverde Canopy Tour and Hanging Bridges, Jauri Tropical Farm, Cultural Exchange with Local Students, Sarapiquí Homestay, Costa Rican Cooking Lesson, Arenal Volcano
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
Depart from the USA. Arrive in the Costa Rican capital of San José and meet your ACIS Tour Manager. Start exploring this vibrant and bustling city with a visit to the Mercado Central, founded in 1882, for an opportunity to interact with local vendors and initiate discussions on sustainability in food and agriculture.
This morning your first leadership workshop will be at Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation (CRHF), operating since 1997 with a focus on using education as a way to fight poverty. Learn about the female founder and director's work, how her efforts and leadership have impacted one of the San José's highest risk communities and how collaborators in that community have been empowered to reach out to other communities and transfer their skills and knowledge. In the afternoon enjoy a Global Exchange focused on comparative learning and sharing dynamics with students from a local city school and compare perspectives on the meaning of leadership.
Journey to your next leadership workshop at an oyster farm on the Gulf of Nicoya. Scientists from the state university have developed a project in this low-income fishing village promoting science and business learning to arm the local fishermen with tools to improve their situation and practice sustainable harvesting. A lecture will help students understand how they've used science to impact and empower locals in a community. Then continue to the Rincón de la Vieja area.
This morning enjoy a hike in Rincón de la Vieja National Park where your next leadership workshop with a local volcanologist or a renewable energy sources specialist includes a lecture on how to harness the volcanic activity you witness around you as a safe and sustainable power supply. On your afternoon canopy tour, soar above the treetops along a river canyon via zip-line, spotting colorful birds and exotic plants from above. Then depart for your drive to the Pacific Coast.
During today's leadership workshop and Global Exchange you will collaborate with community entrepreneurs to host an up-cycling workshop for local kids. Discuss the importance of developing sound business skills through education and finding self-empowerment in outside help. The ultimate focus is on how to establish markets that can both benefit the community locally and our planet at large by finding novel ways to re-purpose simple items in an effort to reuse or recycle waste and generate profit (such as turning the inner tubes of bicycles, cars and airplanes into fabricated fashion accessories) Later this afternoon enjoy time to relax on the beach.
Your STEM-focused leadership workshop today has you meeting and working with local coastal science and research leaders as part of an Intertidal Explorer Program. Explore the five intertidal zones as you snorkel along inshore reefs, gathering and comparing observations to learn about specie adaptations and the human impacts on the physical conditions and organisms present. If the afternoon, discover more of what this amazing region has to offer at your own pace.
Enjoy time this morning to relax and recharge. Then today's leadership workshop is a sweet one—visit with the founders and family behind an organization that focuses on reforestation and watershed protection through educating local farmers to cultivate bees and produce organic honey. While there, learn also about the Nicoya Peninsula's designation as one of the world's “Blue Zones” where residents live the longest and healthiest. You gain insight into what this means and how these lessons could be used to impact your own communities at home during a delicious and authentic “Blue Zone” home lunch prepared by the family. During tonight's final dinner, you and your fellow classmates will enjoy recapping the trip's unique leadership education experiences. Reflect on some of the leadership skills you have learned and how you can impactfully apply those skills upon your return home. (Please note that flight scheduling may require your last night to be spent in San José.)
Depart for the USA.
Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $360Add to Tour
Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $240Add to Tour