Community Service Cost Rica Blyth Academy International Summers Program


About This Program

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.

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. Only students aged 15-19 are eligible for this community service program.


July 7th – July 23rd, 2020

La Fortuna ▸ 4 days
Arenal ▸ 2 days
Monteverde ▸ 3 days
Guanacaste Coast ▸ 7 days
*All dates are subject to change.


Activities included in your program

swim in hotsprings
swim in hotsprings
night hike
night hike
cooking class
cooking class
Included in your program: Hot Springs
Included in your program: Night Hike
Included in your program: Cooking class

▸ 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.

Hotel Los Lagos



La Fortuna: Hotel Rabfer

Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos

Monteverde: Hotel Montaña

Guanacaste Coast: Villa Huetares


Dear future Student

Enjoy your time in Costa Rica. It is an amazing country and the locals have the best stories. You’ll make the most amazing friends so enjoy it!



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.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020Air Canada flight 1734Depart Toronto 8:30 amArrive Liberia 11:40 am
Thursday, July 23, 2020Air Canada flight 1735Depart Liberia 1:30 pmArrive Toronto 8:45 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: Treetop Zip Lining
Optional Excursion: Surfing and Beach Time
Optional Excursion: Treetop Zip Lining
Optional Excursion: Surfing and Beach Time

Travel Services
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
Supervision & Care$1,765
Taxes & Fees$600

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 is optional, we strongly recommend that you purchase both.

**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $600 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.

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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