Travel For Teens: Costa Rica

Video and Photos

Walking to the BriBri Village
Holding Baby Sloth Lima
Beach Horse Backing!
Community service with local after school program
White water rafting

About

Join us on one of our Costa Rica programs this summer and experience the country like a true local! Our Costa Rica trips are led 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.

Now Hiring: Travelers with Youth/Education Experience!

Are you passionate about inspiring youth? Do you believe experiential education is crucial to growth and development? TFT staff have the unique opportunity to work with teens in incredible countries all around the globe. Our staff have in-depth knowledge of the destinations we visit and are proven role models and leaders. If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you! Check out our site for more details and to submit your application today!

Questions & Answers

Reviews

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based on 18 reviews
  • Growth 9.9
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.9
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Natalie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

So Many Fun Activities!

I loved this trip so much and recommend it to anyone who loves adventure! I was super nervous at first, and have never gone on a trip by myself before, but as soon as I met everyone at the airport, my nerves went away. It was an amazing trip, and we did so many fun activities, including: ziplining, canyoning, tubing, hiking, snorkeling, and my personal favourite... surfing! I loved how each day we had a different activity planned, but we still had enough down time to either go swimming, shopping, or rest time, so that we did not tire ourselves out too quickly. We even went on a personal boat ride to an island where we did some snorkeling, paddle boarding, and swimming. We also had lunch on board as well! I totally would recommend this trip!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I would say seeing the howler monkeys was pretty cool! They made such weird, loud noises. But it was so cool seeing the different types of wildlife there! We even got to see a monkey and her baby!!
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Ella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Time of my life!

What an amazing experience! This trip was truly 3-weeks that changed my life and perspective forever. Spending this time in Costa Rica will be the best choice you will ever make, I know it’s the best choice that I made. Expect to join a group of teens that are also interested in exploring the world and helping out animals. I still stay in touch with these friends 2 years later, and even have made trips across the country to New York City to visit my Costa Rica pals! The best part of the whole trip to me was the animals and working at the rescue center. Learn the proper care for these exotic animals and work with other volunteers from all over the world who share the same interests as you. Some of the amazing experiences I had were babysitting the baby sloths, taking a baby anteater into the forest, or feeding the young monkeys. Outside of working at the rescue center I tried so many things that were out of my comfort zone, a night hike in the jungle, salsa dancing in front of a whole restaurant, and ziplining through the jungle. I recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in immersing themselves into a new culture, and not afraid to get dirty and work hard to help this animal sanctuary.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would say to them that they should embrace the difference of cultures and really dive into all of the different experiences they will have. The more effort you put in will give you the best experience back!
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Julia
10/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Life Changing!

Signing up for a Travel For Teens trip was the best decision I’ve ever made. I was a bit nervous at first about traveling by myself, and I was worried I wouldn’t make any friends. Little did I know that in just a two week time period I’d have a whole new point of view on travel, and friends that will last a lifetime. There was never once a second where I felt homesick because every day was filled with life changing experiences like working hands-on with sea turtles, ziplining, surfing, and exploring the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Our counselors were some of the sweetest, and funniest people I’ve ever met, and were super helpful in guiding us on how to be proper travelers, rather than tourists. I swear time moves quicker in Costa Rica, because those amazing two weeks were over too soon. Our group may have looked incredibly weird to the patrons in Miami Airport terminal 24 who probably do not see very many groups of 12 teenagers huddled in a crying group hug. We eventually all managed to stop crying and go our separate ways, meanwhile planning our TFT trips for the next summer. Overall I returned more confident and open than I was before going on the trip, and am counting down the days till my next trip.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don’t be nervous! You will make friends! Day one I was so worried about if people were going to like me and if I would have fun, but by that night we were having Taylor Swift dance parties in the hotel rooms, and debating what the best Christmas songs are! Dive right in, because it’s so worth it!
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Henry
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing Experience

This summer I went to the Costa Rica for younger teens: Hola Costa Rica trip. It's a very big step to go out of the country with people you don't know. Trust me I was very hesitant. It takes a lot of courage to sign up for something so far out of your comfort zone, assure you, you will NOT regret it. I had the time of my life. Everything was perfect. The food was wonderful. The other kids were great. The counselors were very professional and experienced. It was truly a life changing experience that I was lucky enough to be a part of. This was the best summer ever!

Henry Bleiweiss

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
There was this one thing, like a cup cake, but a little more pasty, and it was sooo goooooddd!
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Lola
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Costs Rica Adventures

I traveled on the Costa Rica Adrenaline this summer. It was my first time traveling without my family, and, boy, was I nervous. All those fears quickly disappeared once I arrived to the airport and met my travel mates. Although we all came from different parts of the country we immediately bonded. I loved the hacienda and its horses. The tubing was my favorite of the many adventures. The guides made me feel comfortable and safe. I made lifelong friends and can’t wait for my next adventure! I would recommend travel for teens for anyone looking to break out of their comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to try new things and meet new people. Everything is super organized and there is nothing to worry about. I can’t imagine a better tour group. Next: Asia?

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing! Everything that was promised was delivered.
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Joshua
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Pura Vida with TFT

I cannot thank TFT enough for the incredible experience they provided with in Costa Rica. Each day offered something new and exciting like paddle boarding on the Gulf of Mexico or playing soccer with Costa Rican school children. Both my counselors, Jenna and Hadley were enthusiastic and filled the room with positive energy. Every place we stayed was clean and safe and each activity was very well coordinated. I am so grateful I had this opportunity and I urge everyone to go TFT!

What would you improve about this program?
I was absolutely blown away with everything. No changes need to be made.
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Ella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Fantastic Costa Rica Adventure

My Costa Rica experience with TFT was an unforgettable one. I appreciated how it was not just a “vacation” but I was very invested in the culture and communities there. From zip-lining across the green rainforest, to building playgrounds for Costa Rican children, TFT did a fantastic job allowing me to see all the amazing things Costa Rica has to offer. The staff members were amazing, and easy to bond with, yet still placed reasonable and strict rules in place.

What would you improve about this program?
Possibly nicer hotels, but the hotels chosen were very culturally investing.
Jordana
Jordana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica: Adventure and Service was Great!!!!

My experience with TFT has been nothing short of great. I loved my trip, the people, and sharing so many great adventures with everyone. I hope to do it again sometime soon! We went ziplining, white water rafting, and had so many crazy adventures. For service, we helped out at a school by cleaning their walls, and picked up trash on the beaches and in the streets. We also got to go on an alligator tour as well and see all the beautiful sites Costa Rica has to offer.