Open Trip to Costa Rica: July 6-15, 2018

Click here to download the complete trip information packet.

Click here to register (invite code: COSTARICA2018)

Trip Summary:

On this trip we will travel to the rural Costa Rican community named Juanilama, after Juanilama plants that are used for medicinal purposes. There are approximately 375 people in Juanilama as of 2016. There is one elementary school with 56 students and one high school with 83 students. The high school receives students from 5 small neighboring communities and has 5 teachers. As far as infrastructure, Juanilama has one small store (pulperia) where sodas, snacks and toiletries can be purchased, 2 churches (one Catholic and one Christian), a community pavilion and kitchen, elementary and high school, and a cheese processing plant. There is also a ranch house where the community receives rural tourism to tour the natural reserve that is protected by the government. The reserve contains wildlife, different species of trees, and a beautiful waterfall called La Leona (The Lioness). In the middle of town next to the community pavilion is the grass soccer field where there are games every weekend and where people, especially children, play every day. The nearest community contains a bank, grocery store, clinic, shopping and other services is about 3 km to the highway and 6 km up the highway.

During the first three months of service, each Peace Corps volunteer is asked to complete a needs assessment through a diagnostic process. During those first three months and after speaking with the students, parents, teachers, and other members of the community, two major needs presented themselves more than others: The need for stronger/better communication between children and parents and the lack of recreational opportunities for youth. At the top of the list of priorities for students was to “hacer una cancha,”meaning “to build a court.” Teachers and parents also mentioned this major need in their own words by saying that youth need more opportunities for recreational activities, and agreed that a sports court would be a great way of meeting that need.

You will be getting an authentic Costa Rican  experience in that you will build a court WITH a community not for a community.  You will live in this town that is excited to host you and you will get to experience their cultural through food, cultural experiences and activities, stories, and dances.   This is a once in a lifetime experience!

Who Can Join:

This trip is open to all students, adults, and groups. Limit 25 participants.

Trip Cost:

$1,300 per person (100% tax deductible)
Does not include flights, however Courts for Kids can help arrange your flights.

Includes: All in-country meals, lodging, ground transportation, entrance fees, travel insurance, special activities, and a portion of the court construction materials (cement, sand, gravel).  Does not include passport, immunizations, or spending money for souvenirs.

How to Sign Up:

To secure your spot on this trip you must register online using the invite code ‘COSTARICA2018‘ (all capitals) and pay the $325 deposit before March 1, 2018.  Click here to register 

We hope you can join us!