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. Only students aged 15-19 are eligible for this study abroad program.
July 26th – August 18th, 2020
Playas Del Coco ▸ 7 days
Monteverde ▸ 3 days
Arenal ▸ 2 days
Playas Del Coco ▸ 11 days
*All dates are subject to change.
Activities included in your program
▸ Round-trip group airfare from Toronto
▸ Group airport transfers at location
▸ Transportation between cities
▸ Breakfast and dinner daily
▸ Farewell Banquet
▸ 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.
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!
HOW WE GET THERE
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 Liberia International Airport (LIR) and transferred to our accommodation at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in destination”.
|Sunday, July 26, 2020||American Airlines flight 2589||Depart Toronto 6:00 am||Arrive Miami 9:29 am
|Sunday, July 26, 2020 ||American Airlines flight 1733||Depart Miami 12:10 pm||Arrive Liberia 1:13 pm
|Tuesday, August 18, 2020||American Airlines flight 1733||Depart Liberia 2:22 pm||Arrive Miami 7:04 pm
|Tuesday, August 18, 2020||American Airlines flight 1246||Depart Miami 9:00 pm ||Arrive Toronto 12:15 am, August 19
|Sunday, July 26, 2020||United Airlines flight 2187||Depart Calgary 6:00 am||Arrive Houston 11:05 am
|Sunday, July 26, 2020||United Airlines flight 1737||Depart Houston 6:17 pm ||Arrive Liberia 8:40 pm
|Tuesday, August 18, 2020||Air Canada flight 1735||Depart Liberia 1:30 pm||Arrive Toronto 8:45 pm
|Tuesday, August 18, 2020||Air Canada flight 157||Depart Toronto 10:00 pm||Arrive Calgary 12:17 am, August 19
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!
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
|Taxes & Fees||$600|
|Tuition & Supervision||$2,490|
|CANCELLATION PROTECTION & MEDICAL INSURANCE (OPTIONAL)|
|Cancellation Protection - click for policy details.||$290|
|Medical Insurance* - click for policy details.||$90|
|Cancellation Protection & Medical Insurance Package*||$370|
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 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.