• Costa Rica
    • Monteverde

Program Details

Year Round
Small Group (1-15)


Starting Price
Price Details
Click above to see our website for more details regarding supplemental zip line and whitewater rafting excursion prices and a full itinerary. Child pricing $2695 Your trip includes the following:

* 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners (1 free evening)
* Transportation in private vehicles
* 7 nights in bed & breakfast lodging
* All scheduled activities and excurisons
* Bilingual Discover Corps host
* $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
* Discover corps pre-departure booklet
* 24-hour Discover corps emergency hotline
Sep 30, 2021
Feb 27, 2019
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About Program

Renowned for its world-class abundance of wildlife and being the "happiest country on earth", Costa Rica is unrivaled in its natural beauty. This program gives families an amazing opportunity to explore the different areas of central Costa Rica and lend a hand at a wildlife rescue center. Children of all ages have a deep connection with nature, and Costa Rica is the perfect place to nurture this passion!

Our Purpose: Despite Costa Rica's reputation for being a leader in sustainability, there is environmental pressure due to its growing population. The rate of deforestation is slowing increasing, and the number of wild animals that are injured by cars and electrical lines continues to grow. Spend a morning with a rural community in the highlands planting trees and learning about life in their town. Once we arrive on the Pacific coast, spend a morning volunteering at a wildlife rescue center and get up close to sloths, spider monkeys, marmosets, and many more species.

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Program Highlights

  • Begin your journeys in La Fortuna, the center of geological wonders, and help out at a wildlife rescue center where you'll spot wildlife such as toucans, sloths, and spider monkeys
  • Hike through the treetops of a cloud forest in Monteverde on hanging bridges
  • Visit the base of the Arenal Volcano and rejuvenate in a natural hot springs
  • Visit the district capital of Quepos (zip lining and rafting available for the adventurous traveler!)
  • Stay in several bed and breakfast style lodges from the rainforests of Monteverde to the Pacific coastline of Quepos

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All Around Wonderful

I had a wonderful experience with Discover Corps. I was especially impressed with the personal one-on-one guidance from the moment I inquired to the moment I boarded my plane. They really make an effort to make sure you are getting the trip you signed on for and are comfortable and ready. The trip itself was also great -- our guide was always 2 steps ahead in making the days go smoothly and as expected. He was very knowledgeable and personable. He took great care of us. And our driver was skilled and a lovely addition to the group. We explored and learned and enjoyed all that beautiful Costa Rica has to offer. The accommodations were fine, not fancy but certainly adequate. The last three days were in a fabulous resort that was definitely over the top luxurious. I had a wonderful time and learned so much. Perfect.

What would you improve about this program?
There were nice opportunities to volunteer and get a hands-on intro to the environmental concerns in Costa Rica. But bring a pair of work gloves. You will actually get down and get a little dirty.
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Costa Rica - great experience

This trip was a very fine experience. The guide and fellow travelers were wonderful to share experiencing Costa Rica with. We saw a wide variety of plant and animal wildlife at several national parks and an wildlife rescue center. The local people were very nice as we interacted with them in two volunteer experiences. This was my second trip with Discover Corps in Costa Rica and I would go again.

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Exceeded our Expectations

I planned this vacation for our family of 6, before our two oldest go off to college. I knew it was going to be something different from our normal vacations but had NO idea how absolutely amazing it would be! Every day brought a new adventure, and every adventure gave us all an insight into Costa Rica as a country not just a destination. The activities brought us closer together as a family, and we enjoyed them all. Not even sure I could pick a favorite one. One meal was better then the next, we especially LOVED the Costa Rican family that taught us to make a true CR meal. They graciously brought us into their home. None of this would have been as amazing as it was without our guide, Tara. You could not ask for a better person to show us Costa Rica, she was absolutely wonderful. Her knowledge was incredible, she speaks Spanish fluently and without a doubt loves her job. Thank you so much Discover Corps for this fantastic experience for all of us from 15 to 58.

What would you improve about this program?
I don't think it could be. We were thrilled with all of it.
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Discover Corps: Costa Rica – Family Volunteer Vacation

My 16 year old daughter and I just returned from the Costa Rica – Family Volunteer Vacation. Discover Corps put together an experience which far exceeded my highest expectations. The pre-trip communications were helpful and I had a personal contact I could call or email as often as needed to get last minute information. I was well prepared with clothing and essentials thanks to their attention to pre-trip planning.

The trip was a blend of special experiences (including a meal and sugar cane pressing lesson with a family, a school with adorable children giving us a performance and getting to know about us and sharing about themselves, and a wildlife rescue center), along with tours from outstanding outfits in different areas of the country. There were also a few stops at top-notch vacation spots (hot springs and National Park beaches). The Discover Corps outfit had personal connections with the locals we spent time with, allowing us to enjoy a casual, comfortable time learning about the country and giving back to the people in various ways.

The two guides we had provided us with outstanding guidance and support. They were wonderful and fun people with unending knowledge of Costa Rica, which they would share spontaneously or if we had questions. They also knew spots where we would bump into wildlife along our route or good stops for photos or food. The restaurants they chose were locally owned and the food was always amazingly fresh and proudly presented. They were clearly professionally trained (always keeping a mindful eye on us, but often staying back a bit allowing us to take in our experience). We developed a warm connection with both guides.

The accommodations we stayed at ranged from rustic to wonderfully unique to a ‘good old staple’ Best Western. We felt the places we stayed were well suited to the type of experience we were pursuing.

I cannot say enough good things about the Discover Corps staff and the volunteer vacation experience they put together.

What would you improve about this program?
No possible way - perfect!
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