9/10 Costa Rica 2018 Blyth Academy International Summers Program

About This study abroad Program

Consistently ranked one of the happiest countries on earth, Costa Rica is all about pura vida, the simple or pure life. Think hakuna matada! 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, test out your surfing skills, 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.

Included in your Program


Hike a Volcano


Community work at a coffee plantation




Swim in hot springs


And more!


  • Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
  • Group airport transfers at location
  • Transportation for moves between cities with the group
  • Accommodation
  • Tuition
  • Breakfast, lunch 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 Blyth Academy 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.

Flight Details

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

Wednesday July 3, 2019
Air Canada flight 1806
Depart Toronto 8:45 am

Arrive San Jose 12:00 pm
Saturday July 20, 2019
Air Canada flight 1807
Depart San Jose 1:25 pm
Arrive Toronto 8:40 pm
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

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”.

Optional Excursions

*The following are examples of optional excursions our students went on in 2018, and are subject to change. Please take a look and don’t forget to check back soon for the final list of excursions, and your chance to register!


Canyoneering - Optional Excursions Grade 9_10 Costa RicaExplore the mountainous terrain and the breathtaking Costa Rican waterfalls near the Arenal Volcano in a way you have only imagined. Led by skilled guides, you will jump in and out of pools and follow the rivers upstream until you arrive at a breathtaking waterfall. Once you are briefed, you will gear up and descend down the waterfall. Following your wild adventure, you will be treated to a well-deserved scrumptious lunch. Prepare to get wet and experience a waterfall like never before.

Price: $220

Surfing Lesson at Playa Grande

Surfing - Optional Excursions Grade 9_10 Costa Rica 2018Costa Rica has long been a popular destination for surfers worldwide. Famous Playa Grande on the Pacific Coast is one of the favoured beaches for wave riders of all levels. Located in Las Baulas National Park, Playa Grande is a long white-sand beach offering stunning views of the surrounding natural marine park, which has been carefully preserved as it is a nesting site for huge leatherback turtles. The quiet beach is also an ideal destination to learn surfing as it is rarely crowded and provides consistent, ride-able waves with perfect left and right peaks.

We will leave Playas del Coco early in the morning for a short ride through coastal towns before arriving at Playa Grande. There we will be greeted by our surf instructors, who will provide equipment and go over the basics and safety of surfing this famous beach. Each student will receive individual attention and instructions before having the opportunity to conquer the waves on his/her own. Hang ten, and look out for those swells!

After a fun day of surfing, we will have lunch (included) in a nearby beach café, stroll through the marine park, and return to Playas del Coco in the afternoon.

Price: $200

July 3rd – 20th, 2019*

Travel Services
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
Taxes & Fees$700
Tuition & Supervision$1,650
or use your Aeroplan Points***

Courses, Choose One


  • English (ENG1D)
  • Science (SNC1D)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ1O)


  • English (ENG2D)
  • Science (SNC2D)
  • Civics and Citizenship and Career Studies (CHV2O and GLC2O)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ2O)


  • Monteverde: 3 days
  • La Fortuna: 2 Days
  • Arenal: 2 day
  • Playa Hermosa: 9 days


Monteverde: Hotel Montaña
La Fortuna: Hotel Rabfer
Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos
Playa Hermosa: Villa Huetares


Grade 9/10 Costa RicaGrade 9/10 Costa Rica - Testimonial

*All dates are subject to change.

**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.