Q: What travel documents will students need to complete? Do we need a visa?
A: Upon receiving your trip deposit, we will send you a Trip Forms and Information Folder that includes all the relevant and important documents you need to read, fill out and sign prior your trip. This will include Medical History Forms, Acknowledgement of Risk forms, Permissions Forms, etc. It will also list all the other relevant documents you may need to travel with for your trip. You must be sure to have a valid passport to travel to Costa Rica. It must have at least six months validity before expiring or you may not be allowed to enter or depart Costa Rica. Be sure your passport will not expire while traveling because it will be difficult to renew in Costa Rica, especially as a minor. IMPORTANT FOR MINORS UNDER 18 Some airlines may require minors traveling alone be assisted by an airline representative. Generally, this has an extra fee. Please be sure to travel with a copy of our Permission to Travel Letter and a photocopy of your passport. Visas are NOT required for those traveling from the following countries: European Union, United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. If the country you are coming from is not listed here, please contact the Costa Rican consulate in your area. If you have any difficulties, AUSun may assist you as well.
Q: What should be our policy for cell phones on our Student Group Journey with AUSun?
A: Adventures Under the Sun’s goal on your student group journey is to stimulate personal growth through real, face to face interactions and experiences amongst the students and with people and the environment; therefore, we strongly discourage and request that all students abstain from bringing a cell phone on their trip. This will also reduce the chance of cell phones getting lost, misplaced or even stolen; Costa Rica is a developing nation where poverty is still prevalent and temptations to steal are always a threat. Teachers or chaperones though, are welcome to bring phones to remain in communication with parents and school administrators. AUSun representatives in the office in Costa Rica know the exact location of all participants while on their adventures. In case of an emergency, parents can call the office or trip cell phone at any time, day or night, and the representative will get them in touch with the group as soon as possible.