Engage homeschool students in a powerful hands-on learning environment as they encounter new language and culture, new perspectives in core subjects, and new life-long friends.
Location: Atenas, Costa Rica
Length: 10 days
Audience: Homeschool families, homeschool students ages 9-18
Highlights: Authentic homestay experience; Spanish lessons; collaborative projects with locals; hands-on lessons and discussions with local experts; visits to volcano, organic coffee farm, and butterfly conservatory, and national parks; community service
Due to the customized nature of each program, prices and itineraries are subject to change. For more details please contact Immersion Abroad Costa Rica. Special discounts for groups 10 and larger.
DAY 1 – Welcome – ¡Bienvenidos!
Arrive in San Jose and meet your Immersion Abroad Costa Rica (IACR) coordinator at the airport. Travel to the IACR Program Center in Atenas for an authentic Costa Rican meal and important trip orientation. Your host family will pick you up to experience your first night in your new “Tico” home.
DAY 2 – Exploring Language and Community
Participate in fun and engaging Spanish lessons followed by a guided orientation activity of the quaint, friendly town of Atenas. Enjoy the task of ordering a traditional lunch at the colorful central market sodas (small family style diners).
DAY 3 – Hands-On Learning: Organic Coffee Farm and Butterfly Farm
Today offers a one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experience at a local organic coffee farm. Learn about sustainable cultivation techniques and discover why coffee is one of Costa Rica’s most important exports. We will wrap up the day under a canopy of tropical butterflies at a magnificent butterfly conservatory.
DAY 4 – Adventures in Geology and Eco-Tourism
Enjoy an unforgettable visit to Volcano Poás by taking a guided hike to the rim of this world’s largest and most accessible volcanic crater. Take an additional walk to the nearby Botos Lagoon and observe how the flora and fauna have adapted to the exposure of acid rain from the volcanic sulfur gas plumes. The day wraps up with an environmental science lesson and discussion.
DAY 5 – Community Service: Education and Environment
Today you will have a unique opportunity to serve a low-income school by working with students on bilingual science and art projects. We will continue the community service by adding our part to a national initiative to clean up a local river that feeds into one of the bigger tributaries of the country.
DAY 6 – Discovering Costa Rica Local to Global
Before traveling to the capital city of San Jose, we will discuss significant global issues that impact Costa Rica and its neighbors. While in San Jose we will explore fascinating museums, beautiful cathedrals, and the vibrant artisan market.
DAY 7 – Exchanging Language and Traditions
This morning you will engage in a special cultural exchange with local Costa Rican students followed by an exciting afternoon ride in a traditional Costa Rican ox cart. Participate with local people in traditional games such as carrera de sacos, el huevo en cuchara, and rayuela.
DAY 8 – Biodiversity in the Central Pacific
With an early start we will begin our overnight adventure to the central pacific coastal area of the Manuel Antonio National Park – one of the world’s 12 most beautiful national parks according to Forbes Magazine. On the way there we will stop for a tree canopy zip-line tour and end the day on the pristine tropical beach of Manuel Antonio.
DAY 9 – Journey through Manuel Antonio National Park
We will continue our journey by hiking with a local naturalist guide through the breathtaking Manuel Antonio National Park to discover the impressive bio-diversity of the region. Don’t be surprised if you observe two-toed sloths, howler and capuchin monkeys, green iguanas, toucans, and more! This evening we will head back to Atenas to enjoy a final meal together, receive program completion certificates, and share reflections on our incredible learning adventure.
DAY 10– Departure Home
IACR staff will take you to the San Jose International Airport where we will say our final adiós.