9/10 Costa Rica 2018 Blyth Academy International Summers Program


About This Program

Consistently ranked one of the happiest countries on earth, Costa Rica is all about pura vida, the simple or pure life. Think hakuna matata! It’s the local way to live: no worries, no stress, just thankfulness for what you have—and the country’s inhabitants have a lot to be thankful for!

Costa Rica boasts some of the world’s most diverse and undisturbed ecology, from lush tropical rainforests and cloud forests to volcanos, savannahs and sandy beaches. To travel through these distinct ecological zones is to see through a biological kaleidoscope.

As you study abroad, you will learn how the unique ecology of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve supports thousands of species of plants and animals. Search for nocturnal animals on a guided night hike, and howl back at the monkeys on a wildlife safari.

Study Costa Rica’s active Arenal volcano, a staggering 1,633 metres (5,357 feet) high, and learn how the world’s seismologists collect data about the climate and the environment from its unique features.

Take time to live pura vida in the tourist-friendly town of La Fortuna, a great base for class, shopping, and culture. Enjoy a night at a hot springs resort, say hello to slow-moving sloths, and enjoy a more relaxed way of life.

Pick up the pace on the Guanacaste Coast, home to some of the most expansive beaches—and friendly people—in Latin America. Explore the vast coastline, snorkel in the warm ocean waters and zip line through the treetops.

Return home from this study abroad program knowing what pura vida truly feels like—an emotion, an attitude, pure happiness.

SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTE: Wifi may be limited at times as we travel through the rainforest and remote areas. Only students aged 13-15 are eligible for this study abroad program.


July 1st – July 18th, 2020

Monteverde ▸ 3 days
La Fortuna ▸ 3 days
Arenal ▸ 2 days
Playa Hermosa ▸ 8 days
*All dates are subject to change.


Activities included in your program

Volcano Hike
Volcano Hike
community service
community service
Safari excursion
Safari excursion
Swim in hot springs
Swim in hot springs
zip lining
zip lining
Included in your program: Volcano hike
Included in your program: Community Service opportunity
Included in your program: Safari excursion
Included in your program: Swimming in hot springs
Included in your program: Zip lining

▸ Round-trip group airfare from Toronto
▸ Group airport transfers at location
▸ Transportation between cities
▸ Accommodation
▸ Tuition

▸ Breakfast and dinner daily
▸ Farewell Banquet
▸ Supervision
▸ Pre-departure briefing and materials
▸ Designated outings and activities

▸ City orientation tours
▸ Use of free Internet, where available*
▸ Access to Travel Journal
▸ Access to Vidigami photo sharing
▸ And much more!

* Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.

Los Lagos Resort



Monteverde: Hotel Montaña

La Fortuna: Hotel Rabfer

Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos

Playa Hermosa: Villa Huetares


Dear Future Student

My experience with Blyth Academy International Summers has been amazing in so many ways. Throughout the month I was away, I grew more independent, made lots of friends, tried new things and had so much fun. When you come on your Blyth Academy program, make sure to make the most of every moment and take advantage of every opportunity. It’s an experience you will never forget!



Flight Details

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure

Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?

Blyth Academy airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth Academy group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please complete the Airport Meet-and-Greet application. Applications must be received by June 1st and will be fulfilled as available.

Are you making your own flight arrangements?

Students who make their own flight arrangements for this program can be met individually by Blyth Academy staff at the destination airport and transferred to our accommodation at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email studentservices@blytheducation.com no later than Friday, June 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in destination”.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020Air Canada flight 1806Depart Toronto 8:45 amArrive San Jose 12:00 pm
Saturday, July 18, 2020Air Canada flight 1807Depart San Jose 1:25 pm Arrive Toronto 8:40 pm
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.


Optional Excursions

The following are examples of optional excursion our students participated in last summer. Excursions and prices are subject to change. Please check back in April 2020 for a final list and your chance to register!

Optional Excursion: Surfing and Beach time

Travel Services
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
Tuition & Supervision$1,950
Taxes & Fees$700

Cancellation Protection - click for policy details.$225
Medical Insurance* - click for policy details.$90
Cancellation Protection & Medical Insurance Package*$305

Did you know you can redeem Aeroplan, TD Travel, or CIBC Aventura points to the cost of the program? Click here for more details.***

*Medical insurance is available to Canadian Residents only. While Cancellation protection and Medical insurance are optional, we strongly recommend that you purchase both.

**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $700 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, dates, departure taxes, fees, and surcharges are subject to change.

***Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.

The safety of our students is Blyth Academy’s number one priority. Over our 40 years of taking students abroad, we have been diligent about monitoring social, political, and environmental conditions to ensure that we are providing a safe travel experience. As a matter of protocol, we refer to the Canadian Government’s travel advisories and other public health agencies in the countries we visit and we alter itineraries based on safety when necessary.

At this time, we have not made changes to any of our itineraries for July or August 2020. We will continue to monitor this situation over the coming weeks and will assess each city and country we visit on our programs. If revisions are made we will promptly communicate the changes to parents, guardians and students.

For more information, please contact our admissions team.

Thank you,

Blyth Academy International

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Effective March 17, 2020, Blyth Academy will be a remote organization in hopes of doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will be receiving all emails, phone calls, and voicemails and are dedicated to maintaining business as usual. Thank you for your continued support!

Though our doors are temporarily closed, the minds of our students will remain open. Our students will continue their academic journey through virtual classrooms, to ensure our students don’t miss out on valuable curriculum hours. Our small class sizes and individualized approach will continue in a virtual model, as will the structure that students need to be engaged and successful during the closure.

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