Costa Rica Experience

A collaboration between the Wellness Center, the Office of Sustainability, and Earth Week.

Explore Costa Rica while learning and experiencing the lifestyle and cultural attributes that make the Nicoya Peninsula one of Five Global “Blue Zones“.  

Group van selfie
Students and staff in orange life vests enjoying an outboard boat trip.

This eight-day trip includes time exploring the beach and trails of the Nicoya Peninsula as well as travel to the Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest.  Share this experience with fellow BC students who are learning to help our community and to leverage their future professions to be more mindful of well-being and the individual and societal choices affecting our lives and longevity.

World Economic Forum map of the current Blue Zones.

Want to learn more about Blue Zones?

Keel-billed Toucan, one of several species of Toucan in Costa Rica

Trip Details

Day 1 Travel to Costa Rica. Meet your tour director and travel to accommodations in Tamarindo.

Day 2 Tamarindo. Catamaran cruise, snorkeling excursion and Sea Turtle Evening Nesting Tour (pending availability.)

Day 3  Tamarindo‐Arenal. Travel to Arenal Hanging Bridges and visit local Hot Springs.

Day 4 Arenal – Monteverde. Arenal Volcano lava trails hike and Lake Arenal kayaking tour.

Costa Rican frog

Day 5 Monteverde. Santa Elena Biological Reserve visit, Canopy zipline tour and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve night walk.

Day 6 Monteverde‐Guanacaste. Travel to Guanacaste, Palo Verde boat tour and free time on Guanacaste Beach.

 Day 7 Guanacaste Beach. Beach Day on Guanacaste Beach

Day 8 Return travel to Seattle.

Puntarenas province

How to Join the Trip

All students over the age of 18 are eligible, either by paying for your own travel or applying for a Sustainability-funded scholarship (12 scholarships are available.) Note: Deadline to apply is November 15, 2023.

Costa Rica beach

Option 1: Pay for your own trip

18-22 yrs old: $3,346.00

23 yrs and older: $3,786.00

Trip includes

  • 8 day Costa Rican Adventure
  • Airfare, transportation, food, lodging and select excursions (note: additional funds are required for Tips and incidentals)

General Requirements

  • Must be over 18 by travel date
  • Must submit a letter of educational intent for Sustainable Learning
  • Must attend all required pre-trip planning meets, dates to be determined
  • Must purchase travel insurance through BC’s chosen provider.

Complete the Self-Support Application, which includes an essay describing your personal connection to the trip and the learning and experiences included. How can you use this learning experience to have a lasting impact on your individual communities and within the field of study you are working to enter?

Costa Rican monkey

Option 2: Apply for a scholarship

Twelve scholarships have been funded through the Office of Sustainability.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Must be over 18 by travel date
  • Educational focus in Sustainability, Wellness Promotion or Outdoor Recreation
  • Taking at least 10 credits in Winter 2024 (this does not include HLTH 297 Global Wellness — included in scholarship)
  • Enrollment in  HLTH 297 Winter 2024; three-credit Global Wellness. Tuition included in scholarship
    • Research one or more Blue Zone attributes of Costa Rica and share findings in both written and oral formats.
    • Present research/experiential learning project during Earth week 2024; group and individual presentation requirements.
    • Write a reflective narrative essay about how the trip changed your awareness of sustainable practices and how it will change your own personal lifestyle choices moving forward
  • Volunteer four to eight hours during Earth Week 2024, April 22-26
  • Attend all pre-trip and post-trip meetings

Complete the Scholarship Application, which includes essays about expected learning outcomes and how you will use the experience to promote greater participation in reducing personal carbon footprints and increase student and employee wellness on campus.

Questions about the Costa Rica Experience?

Please contact Peter Prescott.

Last Updated June 20, 2023