• Costa Rica

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Dec 07, 2023
Nov 08, 2023
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About Program

Join us on one of our Costa Rica programs this summer and experience the country like a true local! All of our Costa Rica trips are created by our local director who will share with you the essence of this majestic country and show you the true meaning of Pura Vida! You are guaranteed an authentic experience! Explore beautiful rainforests, discover a vast array of wildlife, hike to hidden waterfalls, learn to surf and so much more! We offer a variety of programs that are great for first-time travelers, adventurists, and those looking to brush up on their Spanish or participate in meaningful service projects.

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4.93 Rating
based on 28 reviews
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  • Growth 4.85
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.85
  • Housing 4.75
  • Safety 4.85
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Costa Rica: Service and Adventure

I am so happy I chose TFT for my first summer trip abroad as a teen. My trip was the Costa Rica Service and Adventure. I was able to go kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding, zip lining, and swimming, while also doing community service and giving back to students at a local school.  It was an incredible adventure; all the staff was nice, friendly, welcoming, and made the whole trip a positive experience. I met a very nice group of friends, and created bonds and friendships I can hold onto forever, as well as tried awesome new activities that I would never have the good fortune to do! I felt such pride in being able to help the children.  I am extremely thankful that I had this opportunity, and excited to take another trip this summer! 

  • Thrilling activities
  • Unique and Delicious food
  • Some hotels were not up to par
178 people found this review helpful.
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a life-changing experience that exceeded all my expectations

Travel for Teens Costa Rica Animal Rescue Service was a life-changing experience that exceeded all my expectations. From the moment I arrived, I felt a strong sense of camaraderie and friendship that continues even after the trip. Engaging with exotic animals sparked a deep passion for veterinary medicine within me, fueling my aspirations for future volunteer work in Costa Rica. However, this journey meant more than just volunteering; it allowed me to fully immerse myself in the vibrant Costa Rican culture, embark on thrilling day trips, explore the beautiful beaches, and create lasting connections with my fellow teenage volunteers.

Beyond the volunteering aspect, the trip was brimming with unforgettable moments. Exploring Panama and its picturesque islands, delving into the intricacies of cocoa farming and crafting chocolate from scratch, and visiting the BriBri tribe left an indelible mark on my heart. Witnessing the daily life of the BriBri people provided a unique perspective, enriching my understanding of diverse lifestyles.

Above all, the trip felt like a voyage with close friends I had known for years, fostering an environment of mutual support and adventure. Travel for Teens Costa Rica Animal Rescue Service has undoubtedly left an indelible imprint, igniting within me a desire to continue exploring and contributing to the world in meaningful ways.

  • Learn Spanish
  • Fun adventures
  • Volunteer with cute animals
  • Although TFT is amazing at accommodating dietary needs, be aware that aside from rice and beans, it can be difficult to find vegan options!
185 people found this review helpful.
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Costa Rica Adrenaline

This was my first year going on a Travel For Teens program, and it will not be my last! When I was thinking about signing up, I thought "what if I do not make friends?" "What if the activities are boring?" "What if I do not feel safe?" But all of my worries were a waste of time. The staff, other teens, landscapes, and activities were all worth it. I cannot stress enough on how amazing this program is along with the company! Costa Rica is a phenomenal place which I feel like I experienced all of it in a safe space!

  • Amazing staff
  • Unique and fun activities
  • Landscapes out of this world
  • The group flight was not that helpful
184 people found this review helpful.
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Costa Rica Animal Rescue Service

I went on the “Costa Rica Animal Rescue Service” trip. This was my first trip with TFT and I was one of the younger teens on the trip so I was definitely nervous. I am a relatively shy person and with random teens I just met this was way out of my comfort zone. But I knew I wanted to do it and I am so glad that I was able to convince myself because it was truly a trip I will never forget. Of course I loved going to a different country, all the amazing sites, the great adventures (my first time white water rafting and ziplining), and being able to be around animals all day. But, to me what made me love it even more and stood out to me were the little details, the friends I made, the counselors, and of course the food I had. Every single person on the trip was so nice, and I made friends that made the journey that much better. The counselors were always there for me and I felt like I could talk to them about anything. One of the greatest things was, I got to experience something different everyday and that made me see the world in such a new way. Whether that was trying a new food, hanging with the animals, or going on some crazy adventure that I would have never thought I could do amazed me. I cannot recommend this trip enough, not only did it get me out of my comfort zone and made me see myself in a whole different way but it also gave me experiences and life lessons that I will forever keep.

  • Being around animals
  • All the different foods we ate
  • The different activties
  • I wish there were a few days that we could of relaxed, by the end of the trip I was very exhausted
488 people found this review helpful.
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I had the best summer ever!

To begin with, I would like to express my gratitude to the Travel for Teens program for providing me with this incredible opportunity. Costa Rica was an amazing adventure where I met many new friends and made many wonderful memories. My favorite activities during the trip were rafting, surfing, and taking advantage of the fantastic beaches. In addition, the Coulsners did an outstanding job managing our group and ensuring that everyone felt welcomed and included. I am looking forward to going on yet another Travel for Teens adventure this summer in order to create more memories that will last a lifetime and connect with people from all over the world. Thank you!

  • great beaches
  • incredible landscape
  • amazing views
  • busy cities
  • saftey issues
  • uncertain weather
523 people found this review helpful.
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Costa Rica Summer 2022

I was lucky enough to spend a second summer in a row on a Travel for Teen Trip. It was hard to imagine that summer of 2022 could be as great as the first trip that I took in the summer f 2022. But it ended up being even better! I spent three weeks in Costa Rica, a beautiful country where I traveled; took part in many adventures, and had the great opportunity to engage in several community service projects. All the while, I made a great group of new friends with whom I remain in touch with. There are so many amazing things i could highlight from both the tours that i have completed with Travel for Teens. Some of the best parts include the extraordinary places that I visited; the wonderful communities and people that I learned from; a great group of new friends from all over the world that I gained; and community service that was totally enriching.

522 people found this review helpful.
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Best summer ever with TFT!!!

This past summer I had the opportunity to travel on the "Costa Rica Spanish Language and Immersion (22 Days)" trip with TFT. This experience was the most eye opening and life changing adventure I have ever been on. From the Spanish lessons to the volunteer work to relaxing on the beach, I have never been so overwhelmed with joy. This trip allowed me to see the world through a different and more exciting lens. In addition to the amazing culture we explored, I was able to become friends with other travellers that I am still in contact with months later. I constantly find myself scrolling back in my camera roll and going through pictures from the trip and they never fail to make me smile and reminisce. It is impossible to put into words how eternally grateful I am for Costa Rica and the memories I will carry with me forever, all thanks to TFT.

  • I learned a lot about myself
  • I met some of my best friends on this trip
  • I made memories that will stick with me forever
516 people found this review helpful.
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amazing summer!

I had the most wonderful experience when I went on the Costa Rica Ultimate Adventure & Service trip last summer.
I was nervous at first, being an international traveler and not having English as my native language.
All my worries disappeared when I met my group and I discovered how nice and welcoming everyone are! As the days passed, I made so many friends and got to know each of my amazing travel peers, we stay in contact to this day.
The staff were amazing as well, they were all very friendly and always made sure that everyone is safe and happy.
Throughout the trip I was grateful enough to have many amazing experiences like Kayaking, Ziplining, tubing, white water rafting, learning how to surf, visiting amazing beaches and volunteering. I also got to try local Costa Rican food which I never tried before!
This was an unforgettable summer and a life changing experience! I can only recommend everyone to go on this kind of trip, I am sure this is not my last travel with TFT!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Enjoy every second of it!
Interact with other people,make friends, create unforgettable memories!
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