International Field Study

Costa Rica – Environmental Studies Winter 2019

Costa Rica – Environmental Studies Winter 2019


Costa Rica was ranked as the "greenest country in the world" (2009), ranked fifth in the 2012 Environmental Performance Index, and plans to be the worlds first carbon-neutral country by 2021. From tropical rain forests to one of the 10 most active volcanoes on the planet, Costa Rica has an incredibly vibrant ecosystem.

This Environmental Experience trip will introduce students to the amazing natural environment of Costa Rica, as well as the measures they are taking to preserve their unique wildlife and ecosystems. The trip will tour major ecological features of Costa Rica, and engage students in issues surrounding ecosystem restoration or environmental sustainability.

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 - February 24
  • greeting and meeting at the airport
  • welcome kit and brief in of the trip
  • private transportation
  • guide with the group the whole time
  • tapirus lodge in the middle of the rainforest right next to braulio carrillo park
  • nocturnal walk
  • dinner
DAY 2 - February 25
  • early morning guided walk
  • breakfast included
  • canopy tour and gondola ride
    then transfer to sarapiqui
  • accommodation at La Selva
  • nocturnal walk
  • dinner included
DAY 3 - February 26
  • early morning walk
  • breakfast included
  • social work to create organic greenhouse at a school
  • lunch at the school
  • accommodation at La Selva
  • dinner with dance lesson
DAY 4 - February 27
  • breakfast included
  • guided transfer to arenal
  • organic farming with lunch included
  • evening hot springs with dinner included
  • accommodation at Arenal Lodge
DAY 5 - February 28
  • breakfast included
  • Cano Negro boat tour at the Ramsar wetlands
  • lunch included
  • accommodation Arenal Lodge
  • cooking lesson and dinner
DAY 6 - March 1
  • breakfast included
  • guided transfer from Arenal to Central Pacific Coast
  • volunteer work at Carara National Park
  • accommodation in Punta Leona
  • dinner
DAY 7 - March 2
  • breakfast included
  • Catamaran ride to Tortuga Island with snorkel included
  • lunch included
  • accommodation at Punta Leona
  • dinner in Jaco
DAY 8 - March 3
  • breakfast included
  • guided transfer to airport

Payment Plan

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

Deposit (to secure spot)

$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 – Environmental Studies 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 – Environmental Studies 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

$2300+/- (Grant Applied)

Trip Date

Feb 24, 2019—Mar 3, 2019


Costa Rica


San Jose


Environmental Management and Technician, Ecosystem Restoration, Geographic Information Systems


Environmental Studies

Application Deadline

November 12, 2018