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ISLS Teen Spanish and Volunteer Camp Turrialba Costa Rica

Students on the Teen Travel Adventure and Spanish Camp will be lodged in a number of different ways, depending up our location and the type of activities we are doing. Students should be prepared to do a wide variety of options from beach hotels with swimming pools, to camping in the rainforest and everything in between. You definitely get a wide spectrum of experiences on this camp and that is the point!

The first four days of this camp takes place in Playa Tamarindo. Here we stay at the small boutique hotel, Luna Llena. Here students will have shared rooms with other students of the same gender. The rooms are air-conditioned and there is a very nice pool and deck area for hanging out. It is located just a block from the beach and a short five minute walk to our Spanish Immersion Institute.

When we head up to Rincon de la Vieja, we will stay at Hacienda Guachipelin. Located near the entrance to the national park, this is a very well appointed mountain lodge with comfortable rooms, swimming pool and restaurant where we will be eating our meals together. We will only be here for one night, but it is a great place to visit and spend time.

On Friday, we make our way down to the Capital City, San Jose. This is a very cosmopolitan and urban city. This is where over half of the population of the country lives. Here we will stay right in the center of the city at a converted Victorian mansion, build during the great coffee boom of the late 19th century. The Costa Rican Guesthouse is the perfect place for our visit to the city. We will stay here two nights over the middle weekend.

We will arrive in Turrialba on Sunday afternoon. Students will be housed with specially chosen local Costa Rican families for the next two nights. All houses are within a five minute walk of our Spanish institute. This is a great way to be immersed in the language and culture of the country. Students will be able to practice what they are learning in class with their new families. Both breakfast and dinner are at the house and are great opportunities to connect and share.

On Tuesday afternoon, we head out into the rainforest. We then spend two nights camping. We will have tents, supplies, food and all of the equipment necessary for this. Students will be split up, two to a tent. There will be no electricity, so flashlights will be a must. All food will be prepared by the guides over an open fire and all refuse will be packed back out for proper disposal.

On Thursday night students will stay at the Turrialtico Mountain Lodge. This is a typical Costa Rican inn situated on a hill overlooking the Turrialba Valley. It has wonderful views and the food is world class. It is nice to sleep in a bed after camping in the rainforest. It is also perfectly located near the put in for the Rio Pacuare river rafting that we will do the next morning.

The last night of the camp we stay at the ISLS Student Guesthouse near the San Jose International Airport. We have a number of shared rooms and a large common room with cable, internet connection and Wi-Fi. We will have a farewell dinner with the family that runs the house and then the next day students will be taken to their flights as departure times dictate. All students will receive breakfast and those that have afternoon flights will also receive lunch.

ISLS Teen Spanish and Adventure Camps

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