The rich diversity of the wildlife, the untouched beauty of the jungle, the warm and friendly people–What better way to introduce your students to Latin America than by bringing them to Costa Rica? During this immersive experience, students will complete up to 6 hours of community service at an animal refuge in La Fortuna. When we’re not volunteering, we’ll take advantage of Costa Rica’s natural wonders as we zipline through the rainforest, whitewater raft down one of the world’s best rafting rivers, and soak in hot springs heated by the geothermal activity of a volcano.
Our mission is to provide an authentic experience rooted in “teaching teens to be travelers, not tourists.” Language students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish and practice what they have learned in the classroom. Our staff members will help students discover that foreign languages are an exciting tool they can use wherever their travels might take them.
Our goal is to help students to step outside their comfort zone, appreciate other cultures, and discover the joy of traveling. Thanks to our years of experience in leading young travelers around Costa Rica, Travel For Teens are experts in engaging and inspiring student travelers. Join us on this one-of-a-kind cultural experience and leave them with memories to last a lifetime!
During this trip, you and your students will…
- Earn up to 6 hours of community service credits volunteering at an animal refuge, working with local species like monkeys, toucans, turtles, sloths, and more!
- Rush through the jungle on an adrenaline-pumping whitewater rafting adventure
- Spend the night in an eco-lodge deep in the jungle
- Hike through the rainforest at the base of the impressive Arenal Volcano
- Swim in natural pools formed by waterfalls
- Zoom through the lush forest canopy on a ziplining tour
- Relax with a soak in the hot springs, heated by the volcano’s geothermal energy
- Visit one of Costa Rica’s hidden gems, the turquoise-colored Río Celeste
DAY 1: ¡Bienvenidos a Costa Rica!
The adventure begins as you fly from your preferred airport to San José. Your Travel For Teens guides will meet you at the San José Airport and accompany you for the duration of your journey. Upon arrival, board our private coach and head out to the town of Turrialba. Get settled into the hotel and enjoy your first dinner of authentic tico cuisine.
DAY 2: Rushing down the river
This morning we’ll start our incredible whitewater rafting journey down the Pacuare River! The Pacuare is one of the world’s top-rated rafting rivers, and is perfect for beginners and advanced rafters alike. Float through the dense rainforest and keep an eye out for local wildlife, like monkeys, toucans, and sloths. In the afternoon, hike to a natural pool and waterfall to refresh after a day of paddling. This evening, we’ll spend the night at an eco-lodge deep in the jungle.
DAY 3: Our first glimpse of Arenal
Today we’ll continue our rafting tour in the morning. Once we’ve finished, we’ll have lunch and board our private coach to La Fortuna. Towering over this quaint town is the impressive Arenal Volcano. Enjoy another delicious Costa Rican dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants and take a walk to explore the village.
DAY 4: Aiding the animals
Let the community service begin! We’ll be volunteering at a refuge for injured and sick wildlife, helping the animals on their way to recovery. We’ll have an introductory talk from the refuge coordinators before getting to work cleaning the animals’ cages, feeding them, and any other tasks that are needed. The refuge has all sorts of local wildlife present, like margays, toucans, sloths, monkeys, snakes, and more. In the afternoon, whoosh through the jungle canopies on a zipline tour. Costa Rica is the world’s premier ziplining destination, and with good reason!
DAY 5: A Waterfall Hike
In the morning, we’ll continue our important service work at the animal refuge. After lunch, hike deep into the jungle to the La Fortuna Waterfall. This 210-foot ribbon of water forms natural pools that are perfect for going for a refreshing swim. In the evening, relax in the natural hot springs for which La Fortuna is famous. The hot springs are heated by the geothermal activity of the volcano and are always a student favorite!
DAY 6: Turquoise Lagoons
Take a day trip outside of La Fortuna today to Tenorio Volcano National Park, where we’ll do a rainforest hike along the spectacular Río Celeste. This river is a bright turquoise color, and our hike will feature stops at bubbling hot springs, soaking in the lagoon, and amazing views of the volcano. Tonight, we’ll have an upscale final dinner to celebrate the end of an amazing trip.
DAY 7: ¡Hasta luego!
Your TFT guides will accompany you to the airport and assist you with check-in for your flight. Wave goodbye as you head through security and sit back and relax on your flight home.
Choose to extend your adventure up to 10 days!
For teachers seeking something a little bit longer we have plenty of options! Choose to add on an overnight white water rafting trip or more time at the animal rescue center for the ultimate Costa Rican adventure.
Contact us for details!
The TFT Difference
We Never Combine Groups
Your tour should be special and just for you and your students! We will never combine two or more groups on the same bus or tour. We will lead a trip with as few as six people and a teacher. Your Trip Director travels with you for the duration of your program.
Stress-Free Planning and 24/7 Support
We are there for you every step of the way, and our support begins the moment you decide to do a TFT trip! We will provide you with a team member who will help bring your tour to life, along with everything you need to help get students to sign up for the adventure! On the tour you will have 24/7 dedicated staff with you to ensure everything runs smoothly and because we know travel is full of surprises, solve anything that may pop up along the way.
Photos and Email Updates
Your trip is special and you and your students should have those memories captured forever! Expect frequent personal email updates and hundreds of photos from your TFT staff shared with you and your students’ families so everyone can follow along on the journey. We are the only teen travel program to offer this in-depth trip communication and it truly makes all the difference!
Central Accommodation and Local Meals
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. We stay at locally owned accommodation in the city center so you don’t waste your valuable time commuting. We dine at charming authentic restaurants to get a real flavor (literally!) for the local culture. The best way to travel is like a local. So ditch the tour bus and have a real traveler’s experience with us!
Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. Eat, stay, and travel like a local.
Check out what past travelers have to say about TFT and discover why we are consistently winning awards for Top Youth Travel Organization.
"Signing up for a Travel For Teens trip was the best decision I’ve ever made. I was a bit nervous at first about traveling by myself, and I was worried I wouldn’t make any friends. Little did I know that in just a two week time period I’d have a whole new point of view on travel, and friends that will last a lifetime. There was never once a second where I felt homesick because every day was filled with life changing experiences like working hands-on with sea turtles, ziplining, surfing, and exploring the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Our counselors were some of the sweetest, and funniest people I’ve ever met, and were super helpful in guiding us on how to be proper travelers, rather than tourists. I swear time moves quicker in Costa Rica, because those amazing two weeks were over too soon. Our group may have looked incredibly weird to the patrons in Miami Airport terminal 24 who probably do not see very many groups of 12 teenagers huddled in a crying group hug. We eventually all managed to stop crying and go our separate ways, meanwhile planning our TFT trips for the next summer. Overall I returned more confident and open than I was before going on the trip, and am counting down the days till my next trip."
"TFT gave me such an incredible opportunity to experience personal growth, meet inspiring people, challenge my comfort zone, and form long-lasting bonds with families and students that live across the globe from me. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I went on the Peru, Ecuador, and Galapagos service trip that I can honestly say changed my life. From working with local preschoolers, living with host families, and picking up trash from sustainable farms to exploring Machu Picchu and swimming off the shores of beautiful white sand beaches in the Galapagos, I had an unforgettable experience. All the people I had met, both in my travel group and locals, have become dear friends and people I will forever share a special bond with. TFT is one of the most amazing programs I have ever been a part of, and I am sure you will discover the same."
"Choosing to travel with TFT has been the best decision I have ever made. I have been able to visit France, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and all over Greece! These trips have never failed to disappoint with all of the wonderful people and exciting things they have planned! I never expected to be feeding sloths in Costa Rica or going on a private boat trip around the famous Greek islands. I have made new friends from all over the world that I still talk to today. One of the best things about every trip is the counselors! They are always very knowledgeable about every location, and are there to keep you safe and informed as well as to have fun in general. These trips are the best way to meet new people and enjoy brand new experiences that you will cherish forever."