If you love working with children, this is the perfect program for you! Begin your trip with an adventurous whitewater rafting trip down the Pacuare River, then spend three days learning leadership skills and planning a creative summer camp experience for local Costa Rican children. After this amazing bonding experience, work together to run the summer camp where you will develop meaningful connections with your campers through fun and engaging activities. Enjoy zip-lining, a coffee demonstration, charming La Fortuna and relaxing in natural hot springs throughout the week. Celebrate your experience with a catamaran trip on the Pacific Coast and relax in paradise before you head home.
IMPORTANT NOTE: One or more of the departures for this program is a Phone-Free Session. We’re introducing phone-free sessions in 2019 to encourage students to completely immerse in their experiences this summer with Rustic. Students are allowed to bring their phones and to use them as cameras, but internet access won’t be permitted during these sessions.
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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 or similar sized bag is ideal.
- Photocopy of passport
- Book and/or journal
- 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 (5-8)
- Underwear (6-8)
- Pants/capris (3-4)
- Service shorts (3-4) (Must be appropriate to work with children)
- Tank Tops (3-4)
- T-shirts (5-7)
- Long sleeved shirt (2-4)
- Quick dry towel
- Beach towel/sarong
- Rain jacket
- Water shoes that strap on (like Tevas, Chacos, or close toed water shoes. Must attach to foot!)
- Sneakers/ Hiking boots (Closed-toe comfortable shoes)
- Sun glasses
- Hat (for sun)
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Tooth paste
- Bug spray
- Feminine hygiene products
- Contact solution
- Foam ear plugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream
- Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)
- *Community Service Appropriate Attire includes T-shirts and tank tops with no visible undergarments and long shorts that go to the knee.
- Don’t forget the Big Five: Water bottle, Sunscreen, Bug spray, Rain jacket, Closed-toe shoes.
- Students will have a chance to do laundry on this trip.