|ConneXions at WDHS||
Partner Organizations/ Trip Organizers:
- Cost Rica: VIDA, a not-for-profit NGO (non-government organization)
- Supervisors: 1 ConneXions teacher, 1 additional supervisor
- Transfer to hostel with VIDA trip supervisor
- Relaxation time, first meal and orientation
- Breakfast and 5 - hour bus ride to Boruca, our host community
Host community and host families (7 days):
- trained and screened host families adopt the Canadian students for 7 days, providing them with a bedroom, three meals a day, and the care and security of a family home.
-- Arrvial and greeting from host families of Boruca
- local hiking trips to beautiful sites of geographic, including cultural, significance
- soccer games on a grass field and a covered, concrete pad
Geography Field Trips (4 days)
- Poas or Irazu volcano
- Manuel Antonio National Park
- National Basilica: Christian (Roman Catholic) culture
Health & Safety:
- Comprehensive health insurance with Blue Cross
-students CAN SAFELY DRINK THE LOCAL TAP WATER. It is safe and clean, treated and monitored at a government-controlled treatment facility.
- students are recommended by CDC (the Centre for Disease Control) to take the vaccination for Hepatitis A and B and typhoid.
- Yellow Fever and Malaria are NOT concerns in the region that the students visit.
- $ 3000, which includes everything: all insurance, round-trip flight, taxes, in-country transportation, hotels, entrance fees, all meals, and the cost of building supplies. The price may vary depending on the rate of exchange with the US dollar.
- Students only need $50 for basic pocket money to buy snacks or up to $200 to buy hand-crafted products.
- Students pay in installments:
August 1st- $800 as a post-dated cheque submitted in May
September (1st day of school) - $800
October (end) - $800 or the balance after fundraising
Daily life in Boruca reflects a self-sustaining agricultural village, but one where the majority of the economy is supported by artisan crafts and ecotourism.
Discover the aspects of Boruca culture including religion, food, medicine and
education along with the people themselves. (boruca.org)