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Youth Empowerment Project

Youth Empowerment Project

Partner with Fundación el Futuro es de Todos, an organization dedicated to providing access to sustainable income to youth with Down Syndrome and intellectual disabilities through vocational skills development. Work alongside this organization to support build a vocational skills training farm donated by the National Institute of Agrarian Development. After participating in service, explore the lush ecological diversity of Costa Rica with a hike through Juan Castro Blanco National Park and a heart-racing zipline adventure through the rainforest canopy.

Departure Dates

No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
Program Profile
  • Country:
  • Department:
    Students
  • Duration:
    9 Days
  • Ages:
    14-18
  • Cost:
    $1,495 plus Airfare
  • Service Hours:
    24
  • Interests:
  • Program Types:
  • At-A-Glance:

    Accomodation Amenities

    Adventure/Physicality

    Educational Amenities

    On-Program Travel

No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
Program Profile
  • Country:
  • Department:
    Students
  • Duration:
    9 Days
  • Ages:
    14-18
  • Cost:
    $1,495 plus Airfare
  • Service Hours:
    24
  • Interests:
  • Program Types:
  • At-A-Glance:

    Accomodation Amenities

    Adventure/Physicality

    Educational Amenities

    On-Program Travel

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.
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.

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CARRY-ON

A school backpack or similar sized bag is ideal.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • earbuds
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
CHECKED LUGGAGE

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

Clothes

  • Socks (4-5)
  • Underwear (6-8)
  • Pants/capris (2)
  • Long shorts* (5-6)
  • Tank Tops (3-4)
  • T-shirts (6-8)
  • Long sleeved shirt (1)
  • Rash guard (Suggested for rafting)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit cover-up/sarong
  • Rain jacket
  • Sneakers (Closed-toed comfortable shoes)
  • Sun glasses
  • Hat (for sun)
  • Rubber boots (Suggested for service, or you may bring an extra $15-$20 if you wish to buy them in country)

Toiletries
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam ear plugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream

Optional/Other

  • Portable games–Bananagrams, playing cards, Frisbee
  • Flash Light or headlamp (suggested)