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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 through vocational skills development. In Costa Rica, recent graduates with Down Syndrome often struggle to find sustainable employment. Further compounding the challenge, access to vocational education is often limited. Work alongside this organization to build a vocational skills training facility donated by the National Institute of Agrarian Development. After participating in service, explore the ecological diversity of Costa Rica with a hike in Juan Castro Blanco National Park and a heart-racing zip line adventure through the rainforest canopy. Learn about coffee cultivation at a local farm in Naranjo and tour the picturesque town of Zarcero.

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Departure Dates
  1. June 16 - June 24, 2020

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  2. June 23 - July 01, 2020

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  3. June 30 - July 08, 2020

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  4. July 07 - July 15, 2020

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  5. July 14 - July 22, 2020

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  6. June 15 - June 23, 2021

  7. June 22 - June 30, 2021

  8. June 29 - July 07, 2021

  9. July 06 - July 14, 2021

  10. July 13 - July 21, 2021

Program Profile
Program Profile

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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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

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


  • Socks (6-7)
  • Underwear (6-8)
  • Pants/capris (2)
  • Long shorts* (5-6)
  • Tank Tops (3-4)
  • T-shirts (6-8)
  • Long sleeved shirt (1)
  • Sport leggings (2-3)
  • Warm pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit cover-up/sarong
  • Rain jacket
  • Hoodie or fleece
  • Sneakers (Closed-toed comfortable shoes)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat (for sun)
  • Rubber boots (Suggested for service, or you may bring an extra $15-$20 if you wish to buy them in country)

(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

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


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