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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 Base house and take in the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. 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 base house or play soccer or volleyball on the beach after service. No previous experience is necessary and experienced surfers will not be disappointed.

Students love surfing and whitewater rafting

2021 Departure Dates

June 22 – June 30, 2021 Sold Out Waitlist
June 29 – July 7, 2021 Sold Out Waitlist
July 6 – July 14, 2021 Sold Out Waitlist
July 13 – July 21, 2021 Sold Out Waitlist
July 20 – July 28, 2021 Sold Out Waitlist
July 27 – August 4, 2021 Sold Out Waitlist
August 3 – August 11, 2021 Sold Out Waitlist

2022 Departure Dates

June 21 – June 29, 2022 Available Enroll Now
June 28 – July 6, 2022 Available Enroll Now
Students love our programs in Costa Rica!
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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.

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
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
  • Students must bring additional hand sanitizer and one disposable mask per day of the program, or three hand-washable masks.
Checked Luggage

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

Clothes

  • Socks (3-5)
  • Underwear (7)
  • Long service shorts (2-3)
  • T-shirts (5-7)
  • Tank tops (2-3)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit (2-3)
  • Rain jacket
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Students must bring additional hand sanitizer and one disposable mask per day of the program, or three hand-washable masks.