International Field Study

Costa Rica – Hospitality & Tourism Winter 2019

Costa Rica – Hospitality & Tourism Winter 2019

This International Field Study to Costa Rica is open to all students and applicable to all programs in the School of Hospitality, Tourism & Sport. The itinerary includes best practices among mass tourism operators, including spa, food & beverage, hospitality & tourism and also allows students to explore the history and culture of Costa Rica

This trip qualifies for a $500 Be World Ready Grant to help bring down the cost of the experience. Be World Ready Grant Disbursement:

$400 Be World Ready Advance will be awarded upon completion of pre-departure requirements and used to cover a portion of the trip cost. This is reflected in the payment schedule below.

$100 will be awarded upon return from your Field Study.

More information regarding grant distribution as well as the multi-stage process of completion can be found on the 'Grants' page

Day 1: Arrival to San Jose Airport

Greeting and meeting at the airport  with bi-lingual guide who will be with the group the whole time.  Private transportation to accommodations at Hotel Holiday Inn Lindora.

In the afternoon we will visit Real Inter Continental Hotel and meet with the events manager. Students will see and learn about green operation by a big airport chain hotel and learn about the country’s national Certificate for  Sustainable Tourism program.

After the visit to the hotel, students will get to experience some of Costa Rican traditions. They will learn about cultural/gastronomic traditions and history by interacting with locals during the cultural tour of Mascaradas y Cimarrona with typical Costa Rican home-made local dinner. Students will also get first-hand knowledge about this traditional local event.

Day 2: Tortuguero

Transfer to Tortuguero. Accommodations at Lirio Lodge.

Tortuguero National Park is Costa Rica’s Amazon where the only access is by air or boat. Students will experience the biodiversity and complexity of nature in the Costa Rican rainforest.

They will learn about managing this natural resource with the help of the country’s national conservation policies and laws. In particular, we will  learn about successful national programs to preserve forests (FONAFIFO) and beaches (Ecological Blue Flag  Program) throughout the country.

During the afternoon students will take part in a guided visit with the local manager of Pachira Lodge (CST level 5). This hospitality example is very unique — a 100-room hotel in the middle of the rainforest. The guided visit of this area includes a canal boat tour, the Tortuguero town, and trails.

*Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park NOT included*

Day 3: La Fortuna, Arenal

Exit Tortuguero and head with your own van and guide to La Fortuna, Arenal. Accommodations at Rancho Margot.

Today we will visit Tabacon Resort and Spa. During the visit students will learn about this Spa Resort with a sustainable level 5 operation (CST level 5).

At the end of our visit we will take part in a plant-a-tree activity which offsets the carbon generated by our flight. Students will learn about the importance of nature as tourism attraction.

Day 4: Monteverde

Transfer to Monteverde after breakfast. Accommodations at Hotel Fonda Vela.

This morning we will visit an organic farm and participate in tortilla making lesson, as one example of farm-to- table operation in the food & beverage sector.

We will leave La Fortuna after breakfast and head to Monteverde where we will visit Hotel Belmar (CST level 5). This sustainable operation is very important and unique as the hotel operates in the cloud forest which is an endangered ecosystem.

Day 5: Tamarindo

Transfer to Tamarindo. Accommodations at Selina Tamarindo.

We will visit a local school to view Costa Rican traditional dance show by the students and later have lunch at the school. This interaction with local students will be open to share and learn from each other, such as exchanging few phrases in English and Spanish.

In Tamarindo we will visit Hotel Capitán Suizo (CST level 5) which is a beachfront hotel and a participant in Atmosfair, a climate protection program for CO2 offsetting. We will tour various accommodations, garden and spa, and learn about the hotel’s commitment to social responsibility.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a sunset catamaran with snorkel, which is another local attraction

Day 6: Puntarenas

.Transfer to Puntarenas. Accommodations at Punta Leona Selvamar.

On our way to Puntarenas, we will take a guided boat tour along the Tarcoles River to learn about the biggest population of American crocodiles and water birds. Students will learn about the challenges of managing this natural attraction and legal implications of current activities.

In the afternoon we will tour Punta Leona Resort (CST level 3) which is the recipient of several awards in the Ecological Blue Flag program (5 stars for Playa  Blanca), among other creative practices in sustainable operation.

At Macaw Lodge where we stay, students will further learn about its farm-to-table operation including cocoa and botanical garden.

In the evening we will have dinner followed by Latin dance lesson.

Day 7: Manuel Antonio

Transfer to Manuel Antonio. Accommodations at Selina Manuel Antonio.

Students will tour Hotel Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge (CST level 5) which is the pioneer of sustainable hospitality and the first Greentique Hotel property in Manual Antonio, established more than 20 years ago.

We will participate in guided walk of Manuel Antonio National Park to learn about the transitional rainforest and its importance to wildlife, with time to enjoy the white sand beach.

We will reflect on the creative approaches demonstrated by Costa Rican sectors of hospitality and tourism, spas, food and beverage, and various attractions throughout our field study, especially when operating amidst sensitive natural resources.

In the afternoon we will visit an animal rescue center called “Kids Saving the Rainforest” where students will learn about efforts to rescue wild animals and return them to natural habitat – yet another example of coordinated efforts of managing nature as the country’s key attraction.

Day 8: Departure Home

Return to San Jose airport for departure.

Included in the price:
  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Insurance
  • Private ground transportation
  • Daily breakfast & most meals mentioned in itinerary
  • Activities & tours mentioned in itinerary

Payment Plan

Note that the fees included below are approximate and may vary at any time.


$550 is due November 12, 2018

Second Payment

$650 is due December 3, 2018

Third Payment

$650 is due January 7, 2019

Fourth Payment

$450+/- is due January 28, 2019

Option 1—Direct Deposit – Online

When making payment through online banking:

  • Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number
  • Once payment is made, you MUST email and provide your name, student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for International Field Study: Costa Rica – Hospitality & Tourism Winter 2019. Please copy Be World Ready, at on the email
  • The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly

Option 2—In Person

Go to Student Accounts located in the Registrar’s office at Niagara College. There is one at each campus. Have your student number available. Indicate that you would like to make a payment for an International Field Study: Costa Rica – Hospitality & Tourism Winter 2019. Make payment (either deposit or final payment) for your International Opportunity to your student account.

Cancellation Policy

Students MUST email the Be World Ready team immediately at, from their Niagara College student email account, to notify the team of your decision to no longer participate in an IFS. If no notification of cancelation is received by email to the Be World Ready team after the initial deposit date, all payments are 100% non-refundable regardless of the below schedule of cancellation fees.

It is imperative that the Be World Ready team is notified of your choice to withdraw from any IFS as soon as possible. A missed payment is not considered a notification of no longer wishing to participate in an IFS an email must be sent to expressing your desire to withdrawal.

If a student needs to cancel their International Field Study, they may qualify for a refund of monies paid based on the schedule of cancellation fees outlined below:

Schedule of Cancellation Fees
  • 0—30 days of deposit date: Refunds will be granted based on vendor/supplier payments made by the cancelation date
  • 31—60 days of deposit date: 50% loss of all payments made to date
  • 61+ days of deposit date: All payments 100% non-refundable

Application Process

  • Apply online
  • Email a copy/photo of your passport to
    • Please ensure all text is legible as this is required to book your airline ticket
  • Pay the deposit (spots for this trip are only secured after a deposit payment has be made)

Grant Eligibility

All, full-time Niagara College students participating in an international activity are eligible for up to $500 worth of Be World Ready grants to help offset the cost of their experience. In order to qualify for the grant:

  • Apply to an international experience
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (dates to be determined)
  • Complete the online pre-departure component (consisting of Blackboard modules and forms to sign)
  • Successfully attend the international experience
  • Upon return, submit two high-quality photos along with a well-written testimonial referencing your experience abroad to the Be World Ready team
Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email a copy/photo.
Approx. Price


Trip Date

Feb 24, 2019—Mar 3, 2019


Costa Rica


San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Tamarindo, Puntarenas, Manuel Antonio


Best Practices Among Mass Tourism Operators


Open to all students

Application Deadline

October 5, 2018