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Surf the Summer

Surf the Summer

Settle in on the Nicoya Peninsula and grab this chance to experience some of the best waves in Costa Rica. You’ll stay in one central hotel near Samara for the entire time you’re on the coast and have three beautiful beaches right outside your backdoor. The focus here is on surfing, so depending on the tides, most days are spent with expert local instructors getting up to speed on your surf skills. Never stepped on a board? You’ll fit right in. Bringing your own board? This is a chance to experience the warm waters and perfect waves of one of the best global surf destinations.

Time off the boards is spent relaxing and playing on the beach, going on a dolphin tour, or exploring the community.

2021 Departure Dates

July 6 – July 14, 2021 Available Enroll Now
July 13 – July 21, 2021 Available Enroll Now
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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
  • 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.
  • Students need to bring approximately $75 to pay for their COVID PCR test in Costa Rica that is required for their return to the US
Checked Luggage

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

Clothes

  • Socks (3-5)
  • Underwear (7)
  • Long 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 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.