Costa Rica August 2018 Blyth Academy International Summers Program

STUDY ABROAD IN COSTA RICA

About This Program

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, natural wonders and quiet study spaces. 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 study abroad experience 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: Wifi may be limited at times as we travel through the rainforest and remote areas.

Itinerary

July 28th – August 20th, 2019

 
Playas Del Coco ▸ 9 days
Monteverde ▸ 3 days
Arenal ▸ 2 days
Playas Del Coco ▸ 9 days
*All dates are subject to change.

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Available Courses

student studying in the pool

INCLUSIONS

Activities included in your program

Hike a volcano
Hike a volcano
Visit the Cloud Forest
Visit the Cloud Forest
night hike
night hike
Zip lining
zip lining
swim in hot springs
swim in hot springs
Included in your program: Hike a Volcano
Included in your program: Visit the Cloud Forest
Included in your program: Go on a Night Hike
Included in your program: Zip Lining
Included in your program: Swim in Hot Springs

▸ 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 resort and spa

WHERE WE STAY

Accommodations

Playas del Coco: Villas Mapache
Monteverde: Hotel Montaña
Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos

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Dear Future Student

This program is an experience of a lifetime! The teachers organized fun activities to mix in with school work so there is always something fun going on. This has been a very enjoyable time and I would do it again in a second!

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HOW WE GET THERE

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 July 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 July 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in destination”.

Toronto Group

DateAirline/FlightDepartureArrival
Sunday, July 28, 2019

American Airlines flight 2589
Depart Toronto 6:10 am

Arrive Miami 9:31 am

Sunday, July 28, 2019

American Airlines flight 1318

Depart Miami 12:29 pm

Arrive Liberia 1:19 pm


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

American Airlines flight 1733
Depart Liberia 2:22 pm

Arrive Miami 7:04 pm

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


American Airlines flight 1246
Depart Miami 9:00 pm

Arrive Toronto 12:15 am, August 21


Calgary Group
DateAirline/FlightDepartureArrival
Sunday, July 28, 2019

United Airlines flight 1599

Depart Calgary 6:00 am

Arrive Houston 11:01 am

Sunday, July 28, 2019

United Airlines flight 1737

Depart Houston 6:17 pm

Arrive Liberia 8:40 pm


Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Air Canada flight 1735


Depart Liberia 12:30 pm

Arrive Toronto 7:45 pm

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Air Canada flight 157

Depart Toronto 11:00 pm

Arrive Calgary 12:13 am, August 21

Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

OPTIONALS

Optional Excursions

Registration open until July 5, 2019. Optional excursions are subject to availability. Spaces are limited.

Optional Excursion: Playa Conchal with Banana Boating and Horseback Riding
Optional Excursion: White Water Rafting
Optional Excursion: Diving for PADI certified divers
Optional Excursion: Community Service
Optional Excursion: Surfing Lesson at Playa Grande
Optional Excursion: Traditional Costa Rican cooking lesson
Optional Excursion: Discovery scuba diving
Optional Excursion: Costa Rican Safari
Optional Excursion: Snorkeling by boat
Optional Excursion: PADI certification Course
Optional Excursion: Playa Conchal with Banana Boating and Horseback Riding
Optional Excursion: Surfing Lesson at Playa Grande
Optional Excursion: Costa Rican Safari
Optional Excursion: White Water Rafting
Optional Excursion: Traditional Costa Rican cooking lesson
Optional Excursion: Snorkeling by boat
Optional Excursion: Diving for PADI certified divers
Optional Excursion: Discovery scuba diving
Optional Excursion: PADI certification Course
Optional Excursion: Community Service

PROGRAM FEES
Travel Services
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
$2,405
Taxes & Fees$687.50
Tuition & Supervision$1,990
Total:$5,082.50**
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 $687.50 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.

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