Educational travel blog
June 21, 2016
Whether your student tour is an eco-tour, an immersion program with a homestay, a service-learning trip, or a combination of all three, Costa Rica is a breathtaking, Central American paradise for Spanish-speaking, science studies, in-service programs, and so much more.
Science teachers, look no further than Costa Rica to truly get the most out of your student tour. Costa Rica is the most biodiverse country in the world and inhabits over 500,000 species, many of which are endemic to Costa Rica, meaning they exist nowhere else on earth. The country’s biodiversity can be attributed to the wide variety of ecosystems and terrain. Costa Rica is home to tropical rainforests, cloud forests, white, black, and pink sand beaches, active volcanoes and geothermal hotsprings.
Over a quarter of the land in Costa Rica is protected by conservation areas and biological reserves so it’s no surprise that Costa Rica sets the standard for ecotourism.
Ecotourism, defined by The International Ecotourism Society is the "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education." Costa Rica is lightyears ahead of the rest of the world in terms of ecotourism due to their focus in nature-based activities, environmentally friendly travel practices and high standards for wildlife conservation and protection. Costa Rica will offer opportunities for student tour groups from all walks of life to immerse and appreciate a sustainable lifestyle.
On our Adventures in Costa Rica tour, your student tour group will meet the children who live at an orphanage located in the mountains east of San José and share activities with them. Teach them a few words of English, and let them teach your student tour group some local idioms. Then participate in the reforestation project of the Children's Eternal Rainforest (Bosque Eterno de Los Niños), which is overseen by the Monteverde Conservation League, by helping to plant a tree.
Spanish teachers, have you considered Costa Rica for your educational trip rather than Spain? Your student tour group is accompanied throughout the trip by a bilingual Spanish speaking tour guide who will love to help your students practice their language skills.
Your student tour may include a homestay which is a unique opportunity to live in another culture while absorbing the lifestyle and augmenting your language skills. Your host family will welcome your student tour group to your new home where you’ll enjoy a typical home-cooked meal as you test your language skills at the dinner table, and your hosts test theirs.
Costa Rica is an easy airplane flight south, which means no jet lag. That’s always a plus! Student tours to Costa Rica are also typically less expensive than student tours overseas while still offering an unforgettable, enriching experience. The food is fresh, tropical and delicious, and you’ll finally be able to cross ziplining through the rainforest canopy off your bucket list.
Category: For Teachers, Travel Inspiration
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