Student Group Journeys in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is the perfect classroom for a middle school or high school student group trip and Adventures Under the Sun has 20 years of experience to prove it!
Our itineraries focus on outdoor environmental education, while our passionate local guides introduce students to the political, social, environmental, economic, historical and gastronomical aspects of the country. In a short visit it is possible to witness the tremendous biodiversity protected by our exemplary conservation efforts. Our political stability and non-militarized government, as well as the numerous global flight options make it a safe and easy destination.
Q: Are there any required vaccinations I must have before going to Costa Rica?
A: AUSun recommends that you have an updated Tetanus and Tuberculosis shot before traveling to Costa Rica. The CDC recommends that those traveling to Costa Rica be inoculated for malaria and hepatitis. These inoculations are not required by AUSun; this is left to your discretion. Should you choose to be inoculated for these diseases, please be aware of the side effects. If possible, administer the inoculations well in advance so that side effects will not affect you during your travels. Costa Rica is listed as a country with Zika therefore please consider bringing plenty of mosquito repellent and attire to protect yourself from mosquito bites throughout your travels.
Q: Will I be able to use my cell phone in Costa Rica?
A: If you have data roaming on your cell phone you should be able to use it while you are here. We can also recommend you purchase a phone chip in the airport at a local store upon arrival. There are various options to choose from like Kolbi, Claro or Movistar
Q: Do we need a guide and if so can you provide one?
A: You do not need a guide to get around Costa Rica. It is relatively easy to do so on your own; however, some groups might find things easier to have a host that can help keep your trip running smoothly and inform you of all the interesting and different places and things you are encountering along the way.
Q: What type of experience do your guides/trip leaders have?
A: AUSun trip leaders are required to carry a guiding license awarded by the National Tourism Bureau (ICT) after completing an intense course on Costa Rican natural history, English language classes, tropical biology, CPR, first aid, etc. AUSun also requires trip leaders to partake in our staff training program held every year and in which we teach them the guidelines, policies, procedures and standards of all of our programs.
Q: Can we rent a car and drive on our own or will we need a private van with a driver?
A: It is very easy to rent a car and drive around Costa Rica. Our roads have improved and the most commonly used driving application, WAZE, does an incredible job getting you to your destination. You can also rent a GPS navigator from most rental car agencies. If you prefer to avoid the stress and chaos you might feel when driving, we can coordinate a private vehicle and driver for your travels.
Q: On AUSun Select Adventures, do I need previous experience or outdoor skills? Do I need to be in good shape?
A: NO. All Select Adventures can be adapted to meet the needs and abilities of the client. Previous experience always helps but is not required. Your enthusiasm will do most of the work.
Q: What travel documents do I need? Do I need a visa?
A: 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. If you are traveling with a son or daughter that was born in Costa Rica, be aware that you will be required to process permits several days before your departure for your son or daughter to exit the country. 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: If we chose a custom exclusive adventure, do I/we need to speak Spanish to get around in Costa Rica?
A: Although Spanish is the national language of Costa Rica, you do not need to speak it to get around. Most “ticos” (Costa Ricans) speak some English and are very willing to learn. They also love to teach Spanish to foreigners.
Q: How do I plan an adventure in Costa Rica?
A: To plan a trip in Costa Rica, first consider what activities you would like to do, places you would like to visit or things you would like to see. Next, please let us know what time frame works best for your schedule so we can match you with the best options. Lastly, keep in mind whether you want an outdoor-focused adventure with some camping experience or prefer something a little more front country with tours and excursions to different areas and staying in bungalows or hotels.
Q: Do I need to travel with a group or can you set up a trip just for me?
A: AUSun plans trips for individuals, groups of friends, families and even large corporate groups. You can sign up for a Select Adventure that may already be scheduled for a certain date or we can work with you to customize your journey and define all the things you want to see and do.
Q: What is AUSun’s insurance policy?
A: AUSun follows safety standards and regulations established by leading outdoor adventure tourism operators in the US and Costa Rica. We are covered by a Comprehensive Commercial General Liability policy with the Costa Rican National Insurance Institute.