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Soccer and Service in Costa Rica

Soccer and Service in Costa Rica

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

2023 Departure Dates

June 13 – June 28, 2023 Available Start Here
June 27 – July 12, 2023 Available Start Here
Program Profile
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!
Consider no checked bag. We strongly recommend that you consider packing only a carry-on size bag. This prevents your luggage getting lost or separated from you, keeps your bag manageable, and helps you be more mobile on your travel day.
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.

Daypack

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for daily activities and outings.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Photocopy of flight information
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Consent to Travel Letter (for students under 19, recommended by the US State Dept but not required)
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
  • Students must bring additional hand sanitizer and one disposable mask per day of the program, or three hand-washable masks.
    • Disposable masks should be either surgical masks, or KN95/N95 respirators.
    • Reusable cloth masks should have multiple layers of tightly woven fabric and fit well without gaps.
Main Luggage

A 40-50 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.

Clothes

  • Socks (8-10)
  • Soccer socks (3-4)
  • Underwear (12-14)
  • Pants/capris (2)
  • Long, loose-fitting shorts for service project work. Something that provides coverage and protection while keeping you cool.(2-3)
  • Long skirt (1)
  • Tank tops (5-6)
  • T-shirts (5-6)
  • Long sleeved shirt (1-2)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Quick dry towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Rain jacket
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat (for sun)
  • Soccer cleats
  • Shin guards
  • Indoor soccer shoes
  • Headlamp/flashlight

Toiletries

(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
  • Biodegradable/natural bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam 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.