Travel as a team and play local soccer clubs in different communities. Start in Turrialba and contribute to an ongoing infrastructure community project before embarking on a whitewater rafting trip on the Pacuare River. Practice your Spanish, join pick-up soccer games, then play some competitive matches. Head into the mountains where you’ll stay with a Costa Rican family for a few days, participate in community development projects, and play several more soccer games. Wrap up your journey on the Pacific coast playing soccer on the beach or just enjoying the landscape.
Students love the homestays and lots of soccer matches
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.
A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.
- Photocopy of passport
- Book and/or journal
- Ear buds
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle
- Additional community service forms
- Visa documentation (if applicable)
- Consent to Travel form
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.
- Socks (8-10)
- Soccer socks (3-4)
- Underwear (12-14)
- Pants/capris (2)
- Long service shorts (2-3)
- Long skirt (1)
- Tank tops (5-6)
- T-shirts (5-6)
- Long sleeved shirt (1-2)
- Quick dry towel
- Beach towel/sarong
- Rain jacket
- Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
- Hat (for sun)
- Soccer cleats
- Shin guards
- Indoor soccer shoes
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
- Bug spray
- Feminine hygiene products
- Contact solution
- Foam earplugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream