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Adventure & Service: Costa Rica Wild 

Discover Costa Rica with like-minded young people through surf, environmental service, Spanish, and adventure. 

Sample Itinerary 

Costa Rica Explorer mixes tropical adventures with meaningful environmental-focused volunteer experiences. Spanish course option available!

Day 1: Expedition Begins (Pick-up from Juan Santamaría International Airport) 

After the group arrives at the airport Chas Morgan and another guide where we will go over the itinerary, answer questions, and get to know each other on our trip to Matapalo. We’ll settle into the lodge, visit the community, and head to the beach to watch the sunset. 

Day 2-3: Canopy Tour, Waterfall Trek, Volunteer, and Night Hike

We will spend half of our second day zipping through the jungle. After lunch, we will head to a jungle waterfall to cool-off. Our third day will be spent volunteering around the local community. Expect a mix of community development projects like helping with building projects at the local elementary and working with a local sea turtle conservancy group. With a local guide we will safely head to trail after sundown to look for animals. Most of the jungles amphibians and reptiles are nocturnal, so this will be our best chance to see rarely seen animals.

Day 4: Surfing and Uvita Waterfall

We will have early morning surf lessons with trained, local surf instructors. . We will explore the beach community of Uvita, try a traditional casado, then head to the Uvita Waterfall to cool off in the afternoon. 

Day 5: Waterfall Rappelling 

With local, internationally-accredited professional guides we will rappel beautiful jungle waterfalls. In this unique experience, students will be introduced to basic rope etiquette and fully-briefed on the process of waterfall rappelling.

Day 6-7: Whitewater Rafting

We’ll crush some amazing jungle rapids with professional, accredited local guides. Depending on the rapid levels range from class II to class IV. Be ready for an amazing jungle river adventure. The seventh day of our expedition will be spent finishing up our community outreach commitments. 

Day 8: Snorkeling Caño Island

Today our expedition takes us to the reefs of Caño Island. We’ll spend the majority of the day snorkeling and dolphin watching.  


Day 9: Return to San José

We return to San José where we will spend our last day in the Central Plaza to experience a typical Latin American city center. If we have enough time we will head to the Museo del Oro. We will close our trip with a final, group dinner.

Day 10: Airport Drop-off (Juan Santamaría International Airport) 

Help with check-in at the airport and, unfortunately, say our good-byes. 

Check out this interactive map to better understand where you will be headed on the Costa Rica Wild expedition.

Packing List

Below is a link to a PDF file that goes over what to/ not to bring on the expedition including types of clothes, documents needed, and miscellaneous items that might be forgotten when packing. It's a good idea to print this list out to ensure you have packed all the items. Click on the button below to open the 'Packing List':  


10 days



Costa Rica Wild is open to students in grades 9 to 11 beginning December 2022. Price is subject to change for school and private groups. 



Difficulty Level


Dates 2022-23

Start Date





End Date






Few Spots


Start & End Location

Juan Santamaría International Airport, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Groups will meet with Chas Morgan and another group leader at Juan Santamaría International, located about 25-minutes outside of the capital. The end of the trip will conclude at the airport where all students will be accompanied by Chas through check-in and final drop-off at security. 


Volunteer Type

16 hours


Volunteering hours will be in partnership with a turtle rescue nonprofit.  





Trip Fee

Personal gear


Travel Protection/ Insurace

Not Included

Trip Fee


8 nights in hostel

  • Private group rooms

  • Separated by gender

  • Shared bathrooms

1 night in hotel

  • Private rooms

  • Separated by gender

  • Private bathrooms

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