Day 1: February 24, 2024
Passport? Check. A bit of spending money? Check. Excited for the most incredible break week ever? Triple check! Make your way to Toronto Pearson International Airport to check in for your direct flight to San Jose, Costa Rica! Get comfy, enjoy the flight, and try to catch a few winks as the excitement begins upon landing!
Your private transportation will deliver you to your hotel where you’ll have free time for dinner.
Day 2: February 25, 2024
Wake up bright and early, grab some breakfast, and head out to Santa Cruz! Enjoy a city tour in an open tour bus to see the town and learn about the rich history and culture of Santa Cruz. Grab dinner in town and then enjoy the traditional music of the Municipal Philharmonic!
Day 3: February 26, 2024
Enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast then grab your bathing suit as you head out to the Diria National Park where you’ll get to experience bird watching and wildlife, and take a dip in the scenic river with waterfalls! Once you’ve dried off, head out to the Marimba Forest to see the the beautiful trees used to make marimbas, the national instrument and symbol of culture and tradition of Costa Rica.
Enjoy lunch in town followed by a talk with the founder and director of the Nivoya Peninsula Blue Zone Association, Jorge Vindas.
Enjoy some free time in the evening to grab dinner and explore the town!
Day 4: February 27, 2024
Once again, enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast then grab your bathing suit as you head out to the ocean today!
Visit the Factory of Blue Zones to learn about their support of the values, culture, and high-quality foods of this area. Afterwards, head to lunch at Lola’s Restaurante, one of the most famous beachfront restaurants in Guanacaste, named after a pig who still resides there today. After lunch, take a dip in the ocean before departing towards La Senda in Tamarindo where you’ll get to experience the biggest labyrinth in the world!
Enjoy dinner from farm to table at La Senda.
Day 5: February 28, 2024
Head out for the day to Nicoya to visit one of the 8 indigenous territories in Matambu and learn about their handicrafts, their crops, their way of life, and about finding purpose and belonging. After lunch, visit Coopepilangosta R.L., to learn how to brew and taste coffee produced using the Matambu Process. Proceed to learn about their pottery making process, then depart for Nicoya.
Day 6: February 29, 2024
Pack your day bag and head out to Samara Beach! Learn from Donna Lanni on the Art of Happiness and the role Costa Rica plays in promoting wellness. Take part in a cooking class with Donna and enjoy your creation for lunch!
Stop at a permaculture farm to learn about permaculture principles to reconnect with nature, followed by free time to explore.
Day 7: March 1, 2024
Head out after breakfast to Samara for a free day at the beach! Optional activities with additional fees include surf classes or dolphin tours. Optional activities with no additional fees include volunteer work with Costas Verdes, and learning from the Global Wildlife Rescue Project as they patrol the beaches during turtle nesting season.
Day 8: March 2, 2024
Enjoy the beach of Carillo after breakfast, followed by lunch at the hotel before check out. Depart from Nivoya on the Naranjo Ferry towards Puntarenas, arriving in the evening.
Day 9: March 3, 2024
Pack up our suitcases and hopefully a couple of amazing souvenirs and head back to the airport for the journey to Toronto. We hope you had an incredible week and leave feeling inspired and already planning your return adventure!
Selection Process: International Field Studies participation will be prioritized for students who have not yet experienced a Be World Ready IFS since beginning their studies at Niagara College. Participants will be confirmed by Be World Ready based on not having participated in a BWR experience before, being in good academic standing now and before the departure of the IFS, being actively enrolled in a program at Niagara College during the term of travel, and confirmation that you understand and agree to your enrollment in the general or liberal elective course requirements to participate.
NEW Payment Process: Students will not be able to make payment until after Be World Ready has reviewed their application and confirmed eligibility. You will receive a link by email from [email protected] with instructions on submitting payment once your eligibility has been confirmed.
Disclaimers: Be World Ready does their best to execute the itinerary as outlined above, however all elements are subject to change based on availability or requirement to adapt due to circumstances outside of our control. Students are also reminded that it is their responsibility to research the entry requirements to the destination countries visited per their nationality and vaccination status.
* Price per student is in Canadian Dollars and reflects the Be World Ready (BWR) grant which has been applied to the total trip cost to heavily subsidize the rate per person for our Winter 2024 International Field Studies (IFS). To qualify for the full value of the BWR grant applied to this IFS, mandatory training and tasks are required to be completed, training and task expectations will be clearly communicated by BWR staff upon registration and further clarified at the beginning of the Be World Ready course. Failure to complete the requirements as outlined by BWR staff will result in the value of the grant being billed back to the applicable student account, up to a maximum of $2500. Securing your seat on this trip will occur on a first come, first serve basis based on registration date, and meeting payment deadlines; however, if we receive more applicants than there are spaces, preference will be given to those who have not yet had the opportunity to travel with Be World Ready.