Grand Tour East & Rome and the Greek Islands 2018 Blyth Academy International Summers Program

About This study abroad Program

Community Service Costa Rica
We have three community service opportunities to connect deeply with Costa Rica’s culture through volunteering at wildlife and forest reserves, a farm, and a charity focused on all different aspects of the country’s life.

We begin in La Fortuna, a small town at the foot of Arenal Volcano. From here, we’ll visit stunning waterfalls and swim in hot springs at the base of the volcano. We volunteer at Proyecto Asis’s Wildlife Rescue Center, where we release wildlife back into their natural habitat or improve their homes inside the centre. Here, we’ll connect with spider monkeys, macaws, kinkajous, and caimans. At our resort in Arenal, we’ll swim in volcanic hot springs.

Next, we’ll travel to Monteverde and the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve to learn about its unique ecology. We’ll have the rare opportunity to take a night hike and discover nocturnal animals while our new daytime jungle friends are sleeping. We’ll also volunteer at a farm at Life Monteverde, to learn how we can sustainably protect this beautiful environment.

Finally, we’ll head to the Guanacaste coast, where we will enjoy the ocean and beach fun with swimming, volleyball, and optional surfing lessons. Nearby in town, we’ll work closely with a community group, helping with meal planning and preparing dinner for local children.

After connecting with the country’s vibrant ecology and making a difference in the community, we’ll relax in the sun and enjoy a farewell banquet.

Costa Rica
The North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica offers among the best and most easily accessible diving sites in the country, an abundance of marine life, and vast expanses of tropical dry forests that often line the darker sandy beaches that lend Playas del Coco its name.

Playas del Coco seems like a sleepy seaside town at first glance, but once you’ve familiarized yourself, you’ll find that it’s a friendly and lively place where tourists easily mix with locals and other travellers from around the globe. At night, the central plaza fills with people, food, laughter and dancing in the true pura vida spirit.

The beachside town and its private villas give students easy access to a variety of excursions, experiences, and natural wonders. Students will have the opportunity to hike inland trails, zip line above treetops, climb hanging bridges, relax in the mineral-rich hot springs, boat on the volcanic Lake Arenal, and swim along the idyllic coastline. Because Playas del Coco sits in a natural horseshoe-shaped bay, the waves here are easier to swim and snorkel in than other parts of the country, where the surf pounds the shore.

For those who want to get closer to nature and learn about its inner workings, this area is an ideal spot to get an up-close look at an array of animals, including many species of seabirds and monkeys, and the hundreds of sea turtles who come ashore to lay their eggs each year. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve provides the opportunity to learn about cloud forest ecology and the thousands of species connected to it. Nighttime hikes offer the chance to uncover nocturnal animals not visible during the day.

No visit to Costa Rica would be complete without a stop in Arenal Volcano National Park. Arenal is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. At over a mile high, it is studied by seismologists to chart the profound changes in our climate and the environment.

From micro to macro, Costa Rica is an exotic oasis that will enrich both knowledge and perspective.

SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTE: If you would like to provide donations for the local children, please bring small items like crayons, pens, colouring books, and/or clothes that can easily fit into your luggage. Wifi may be limited at times as we travel through the rainforest and remote areas.

Included in Your Program


Soak in Arenal Hot Springs

Chef Hat

Costa Rican cooking class


Cloud Forest

zip line

Zip lining

and more!

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 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

















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.

Optional Excursions

*A final list of optional excursions will be made available closer to the program date. Please check back soon for your chance to register!

July 15th – August 20th, 2019*

Travel Services
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
Taxes & Fees$895
Tuition & Supervision$2,260
or use your Aeroplan Points***

Costa Rica Courses (August), Choose One


  • English (ENG3U)
  • Biology (SBI3U)
  • Functions (MCR3U)


  • English (ENG4U)
  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
  • Recreational LEadership (PLF4M)


  • La Fortuna: 6 days
  • Arenal: 1 day
  • Monteverde: 3 days
  • Guanacaste Coast: 2 days
  • Playas Del Coco: 9 days
  • Monteverde: 3 days
  • Arenal: 2 days
  • Playas Del Coco: 9 days


La Fortuna: Hotel Rabfer
Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos
Monteverde: Hotel Montaña
Guanacaste Coast: Villa Huetares
Playas del Coco: Villas Mapache
Monteverde: Hotel Montaña
Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos


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*All dates are subject to change.

**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $895 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit 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 for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.