Alternative Summer Break: Costa Rica

Alternative Spring Break at VCU and the Center for Student Leadership & Civic Diversity are teaming up to offer VCU’s first ever Alternative Summer Break to Costa Rica! For only $500 + airfare, you can join our team of students headed to the Osa Peninsula to engage in community service and experiential learning with an ecological focus.

****Reserve your spot on the team by  in the Student Leadership & Civic Engagement office, Student Commons 229, during our office hours  MondayFriday from 8:00am-4:30pm. Please bring your VCU student ID, passport, and $300 deposit to reserve your space.****Trip Leaders: Wyatt Booth and Sasha Poleschuck

Community Service 

The Osa Peninsula, called the most biologically intense place on Earth by National Geographic, lives up to its status as Costa Rica’s natural treasure. We will get up close and personal with wildlife and take in the breathtaking sights and sounds of a tropical paradise, all while helping protect this unique corner of the globe!

Our team will be focused on conservation efforts by helping to “tag” turtles, run the sea turtle hatchery or work on beach clean-up. You’ll also participate in actual reforestation efforts. This includes learning the theory of reforestation and succession as well as helping with tree transportation, transplantation, and maintenance.

Tentative Trip Overview

June 4,11,18: PRE TRIP MEETINGS
Join us in person or online as we get to know each other, and prepare for our trip!

June 23: TRAVEL TO COSTA RICA
Upon arrival in country, we will be met at the airport by host staff. We’ll head to our accommodations to get settled, enjoy dinner followed by a unique cultural experience – local dance lessons!

June 24: ORIENTATION & TRAVEL
Our team’s first day will be busy with orientation and becoming familiar with our surroundings, including an “About Costa Rica” orientation. Then we’ll travel to Osa Turtle and Mangrove Project

June 25: TURTLE & MANGROVE PROJECT
We’ll continue our work at the Osa Peninsula participating in actual reforestation efforts. This includes learning the theory of reforestation and succession as well as helping with tree transportation, transplantation, and maintenance.

June 26: MANUEL ANTONIO PARK (or other Recreation option)
We’ll head out to Manuel Antonio National Park. Enjoy guided wildlife viewing inside the park as well as hiking throughout the many trails in this protected area. Take some time on the beach for relaxing or swimming. Then we’ll travel back to Alajuela City.

June 27: COMMUNITY WORK
We’ll work today with our partners on a much-needed community project.

June 28: COMMUNITY WORK
We’ll work today with our partners on a much-needed community project.

June 29: COMMUNITY WORK & SOCIALIZE WITH THE COMMUNITY
Finish community project work followed by play-time with the community children (sports, coloring, etc)

June 30
DEPARTURE

Trip Cost

$500.00 + airfare

This rate includes:
Housing
Meals (excluding travel days) & safe drinking water
Pre-trip planning and preparation
Transportation while in Costa Rica
24/7 access to our community partner guide and translation for all activities
Training and supplies 

This rate does not include:
Passport fees
Airfare (including airport arrival/departure tax)
Some recreational activities
Personal spending

****Reserve your spot on the team in the Student Leadership & Civic Engagement office, Student Commons 229, during our office hours  MondayFriday from 8:00am-4:30pm. Please bring your VCU student ID, passport, and $300 deposit to reserve your space.****

For more information, please contact Wyatt Booth (wnbooth@mymail.vcu.edu) or Nicole Patterson (nlpatterson@vcu.edu)

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