Surf and Service in Costa Rica

Surf and Service in Costa Rica

Experience breathtaking sunsets and blue waters during this week of surf, service, and adventure in Costa Rica. Settle in at the Playa Grande Surf and Service Basecamp and take in the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean below. Participate in service designed to support the local community and improve its quality of life. Grab your surfboard and head to the beach for surf lessons from expert instructors. Relax at the basecamp or play soccer or volleyball on the beach after service. No previous experience is necessary and experienced surfers will not be disappointed.

2023 Departure Dates

June 6 – June 14, 2023 Available Start Here
June 13 – June 21, 2023 Available Start Here
June 20 – June 28, 2023 Available Start Here
June 27 – July 5, 2023 Available Start Here
July 4 – July 12, 2023 Available Start Here
July 11 – July 19, 2023 Available Start Here
July 18 – July 26, 2023 Available Start Here
July 25 – Aug. 2, 2023 Available Start Here
Aug. 1 – Aug. 9, 2023 Available Start Here
Aug. 8 – Aug. 16, 2023 Available Start Here
Program Profile
Program Profile
Activities
Service
Glamping

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
  • 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 (3-5)
  • Underwear (7)
  • Long, loose-fitting shorts for service project work. Something that provides coverage and protection while keeping you cool. (2-3)
  • T-shirts (5-7)
  • Tank tops (2-3)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit (2-3)
  • Rain jacket
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers (2 pairs. One for daily use and another for community service – this pair will get dirty)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Quick dry towel
  • A towel to use in the house
  • A beach towel/sarong
  • Rash guard

Toiletries

(travel sized in ziplock 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.