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.


July 15th – July 27th, 2019

La Fortuna ▸ 5 days
Arenal ▸ 2 days
Monteverde ▸ 3 days
Guanacaste Coast ▸ 2 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

Monday, July 15, 2019
American Airlines flight 2589
Depart Toronto 6:10 am
Arrive Miami 9:31 am
Monday, July 15, 2019
American Airlines flight 1318
Depart Miami 12:29 pm
Arrive Liberia 1:19 pm
Saturday, July, 27, 2019
American Airlines flight 543

Depart Liberia 2:35 pm
Arrive Charlotte 8:57 pm
Saturday, July 27, 2019
American Airlines flight 5705
Depart Charlotte 10:10 pm
Arrive Toronto 12:10 am, July 28
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.


Optional Excursions

Registration open until June 7, 2019. Optional excursions are subject to availability. Spaces are limited.

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.)
Taxes & Fees$605
Supervision & Care$770
Did you know you can redeem Aeroplan, TD Travel, or CIBC Aventura points to the cost of the program? Click here for more details.

**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and $605 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.