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ISLS Teen Spanish and Volunteer Camp Turrialba Costa Rica

The following is a condensed version of the itinerary for the 2014 ISLS Travel Adventure Camp. The travel camp is a two week only camp that will take place at various locations throughout Costa Rica. We will start in the Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste Province, followed by the capital city of San Jose before heading to the Turrialba Valley region of the country. Please contact us for more details.

Monday 7/28
Tuesday 7/29
Wednesday 7/30
Thursday 7/31
Friday 8/1
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast at lodge
Spanish Classes
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Spanish Classes
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Conchal/Flamingo Beach Tour
Transport to Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Zip Lining Tour
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Surf Lessons
Surf Lessons
Time to Swim & Snorkel
Afternoon hike to the hidden waterfalls
Rafting Tour
Dinner at a local restaurant
Dinner
at the beach
Dinner
at the school
Dinner at lodge
Transport
to San Jose
Movie night at school
Bonfire
at the beach
Free time at the school
Free time at lodge
Dinner at local
Tico Restaurant

Sunday, 7/20

WELCOME! Students are met upon arrival at the Liberia Airport (LIR) and then transported to our private language school in Playa Tamarindo. Flights must arrive no later than 3pm Sunday. There will be food and internet access available to the students when we arrive at the school and students will be able to call home to talk to their parents.

Those students arriving in San Jose (SJO) will need to arrive on Saturday the 19th. There is an additional $205 fee for San Jose pick up. These students will also be met upon arrival and are taken to our student guesthouse near the airport. They will have internet access and will be able to call home to check in. The next morning, June the 20th, they will be taken by private shuttle to our Spanish campus in Playa Tamarindo to meet up with the rest of the group. For the first five nights of the camp students will stay at Hotel Luna Llena.

Saturday, 7/26

Weekend Tour, Day 1 – Walking Tour of San Jose – Students will have breakfast at the hotel and then embark on a tour of the Costa Rican Capital, San Jose. We will visit local museums, markets, parks and squares. We will ride public buses and get to know the center of the city. We will eat lunch at a typical Tico restaurant.
The day will be topped off by seeing a live show at a local theater. After the show students will return to the hotel where they will have free time until lights out.

Sunday, 7/27

Weekend Tours, Day 2 – Students will wake up and have breakfast at the hotel. There will then be time to souvenir shop before we take the public bus from San Jose to Turrialba. We will arrive around 2pm and have lunch. Afterward students will meet their new host families and get settled into their new houses. Students will have dinner with their families around 6pm. After dinner we will all meet and go to the central park in town where we will have ice cream and go over the week to come. We will return back to the homestays by 8:30pm.

Monday 7/28
Tuesday 7/29
Wednesday 7/30
Thursday 7/31
Friday 8/1
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast at lodge
Spanish Classes
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Spanish Classes
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Conchal/Flamingo Beach Tour
Transport to Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Zip Lining Tour
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Surf Lessons
Surf Lessons
Time to Swim & Snorkel
Afternoon hike to the hidden waterfalls
Rafting Tour
Dinner at a
local restaurant
Dinner
at the beach
Dinner
at the school
Dinner at lodge
Transport to
San Jose
Movie night
at school
Bonfire
at the beach
Free time
at the school
Free time
at lodge
Dinner at local
Tico Restaurant

Saturday, 8/2

Students will be transported to the airport as their flight times dictate. A staff member will drive with them to the airport and see that they get checked into their flight and through to the correct gate. As students will be flying out at different times throughout day, there will also be a staff member remaining at the guesthouse. If students fly out in the afternoon or evening, they will receive lunch.

Additional Information
Students will fly into Liberia International Airport (LIR) and they will fly out of San Jose International Airport (SJO). There are a number of carriers that service both airports and scheduling should not be an issue. If you need help making these arrangements, please contact an ISLS representative. A Saturday pick-up option is available for the Liberia Airport (LIR) for an additional fee of $125.

Upon arrival in Liberia, students will be met at the airport by the program’s counselors and transported to our school lodging in Playa Tamarindo. Here students will have the ability to relax and touch bases with their parents. The ride from the airport takes about an hour. There will be food & drink available.

Students will be required to bring all of their belongings by waterproof backpack. No suitcases or other types of bags will be allowed. No computers or any electronic devises that might be ruined by prolonged exposure to rain or water are recommended. Hiking boots, rain ponchos, flashlights, mosquito netting, swimsuits, towels, pants, shirts, bug repellent, sun screen and tivas are required. All clothing should be water resistant or quick drying.

Spanish classes are held at our private Spanish Institutes in Playa Tamarindo and Turrialba. Classes are on Monday and Tuesday starting at 8am and go for four hours. There are a total of 16 hours of Spanish lessons in the two week program. All students are given an oral and written evaluation to determine their level and then split up into classes that best fit their abilities. All materials are included in the class.

All activities are scheduled for the dates and times listed, but are subject to change due to weather conditions or other circumstances beyond our control. In case of a tour or activity being changed, we will do our best to reschedule. If a tour/activity must be cancelled and cannot be made up, there is no refund.

Useful Web Links
ISLS Student Guesthouse – www.isls.com/costarica/travelcenter/studentguesthouse.cfm
Turrialba – www.costarica.com/turrialba
CATIE – www.catie.ac.cr/magazin_ENG.asp?CodIdioma=ENG
ISLS Spanish Institute – www.isls.com/costarica/schools/turrialba.cfm
Canyoning Tour – www.explornatura.com/detailTour.aspx?id_tipo=3&id_producto=15
La Marta Nature Preserve – www.lamarta.umca.net
Rio Pejibaye Rafting Tour – www.azultravelcr.com/oneday.html
Piedra de Cachi Rock Climbing Tour - www.rockclimbing.com/routes/South_and_Central_America/Costa_Rica/Cartago/Piedra_de_Cachi
Orosi Valley – www.orosivalleycostarica.com
Turrialtico Mountain Lodge – www.turrialtico.com
Two Day Pacuare Rafting Tour – www.explornatura.com/detailtour.aspx?id_producto=25&id_tipo=3

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