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Heart of the Jungle

Heart of the Jungle

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten path program that combines service, adventure, and lots of nature, this is the program for you! Heart of the Jungle takes you south to the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica where you will surf, hike, rappel, and swim in natural pools. Embark on a three-day kayak expedition through Golfo Dulce. You’ll spot tons of animals while trekking through Corcovado National Park. When not off on adventures, you’ll give back to the communities you stay in helping out on construction projects to improve low-income family homes.

Departure Dates

No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
Program Profile

No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
Program Profile

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.

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Carry-On

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
Checked Luggage

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.

Clothes

  • Socks (8)
  • Underwear (8)
  • Long looser capris or quick dry pants (4-5)
  • Dry quick long sleeve shirts (4-5)
  • T-shirts (5-7)
  • Tank tops (2-3)
  • Long sleeve shirt and pants for colder camping nights (2)
  • Long sleeve rash-guard (2-3)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Rain jacket
  • Fleece/hoodie
  • Closed-toed quick dry water shoes or strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Old close-toed sneakers for service work
  • Sneakers
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Work gloves
  • Quick dry towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Reusable bag for shopping
  • Bandana

Toiletries

(travel sized in ziplock bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen (preferably cream, not spray)
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts Contact solution
  • Earplugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream
Important Reminders
  • *Community Service Appropriate Attire includes T-shirts and tank tops with no visible undergarments and shorts with a 3” or more inseam.
  • Don’t forget the Big Five: Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Bug spray, Rain jacket, Closed-toe shoes.