Costa Rica Volleyball Tour

Our Volleyball Tour in Costa Rica is the perfect way to measure your skills against excellent international players. Costa Rica has dominated volleyball at the National Team level in Latin America for many years. Players from Costa Rica regularly earn scholarships to play college volleyball in the US. You will face excellent competition on your Volleyball Tour. You will also do meaningful volunteer work, while exploring one of the world’s safest and most beautiful countries. Bring your own team or come as an individual and join our tour group.

Costa Rica Volleyball Tour

Trip Highlights

  • Trip length is 9 days (arrive Saturday, depart following Sunday)
  • 4 matches against Costa Rican high school and university teams
  • Conduct volleyball clinics with youth group including Special Olympics
  • Excursions to a volcano, rain forest and world-famous beach
  • Volunteering at a soup kitchen
  • Donate sports equipment to a local school
  • Live with a Costa Rican host family

Excursions

Excursions include hiking through a rainforest, swimming at the natural Orosi Hot Springs, and visiting a world-class beach on the Pacific Coast.

Volunteering

Contribute your time and caring by conducting volleyball clinics at clubs, elementary schools, and Special Olympics. Volunteer at a soup kitchen and visit a childcare center.

Trip Leaders

Marco Antonio Bolaños Cubillo. Marco is the Director of the Amistad Institute which hosts volunteers and Spanish students in Costa Rica. Marco served as a volleyball coach for 15+ years at the highest levels in Costa Rica.

Rebeca Bolaños Cubillo. Rebeca is a Director of the Amistad Institute. She has played volleyball her entire life including as a member of Costa Rica’s National Team.

Scott Burke. Scott has 18 years experience leading service trips to Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is the Founder & Director of the non-profit Cosmic Volunteers based in Philadelphia.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Costa Rica at Juan Santamaría International Airport: You will be greeted by our trip leaders then driven 20 minutes to Santa Barbara your hometown for the trip. Afternoon orientation and walking tour of Santa Barbara. 

Day 2: Morning practice followed by community clinic teaching volleyball to local youth. Match #1 in the evening.

Day 3: Drive to Jaco Beach in the morning. Visit volunteering projects for children and for ecotours. Spend the rest of the day on the beach on the Pacific Ocean (optional surfing lessons). Enjoy a team dinner at a beachside restaurant.

Day 4: Morning rain forest hike and waterfall swim at Catarata Bijagual. Return to Santa Barbara in the afternoon. Match #2 in the evening against a local university team.

Day 5: Host our second service-learning clinic coaching local youth. Volunteer at El Comedor soup kitchen for lunch Barrio Jesus. Match #3 in the evening.

Day 6: Host our second clinic coaching local youth. Visit the elementary school in Barrio Jesus to donate sports equipment. Tour the city of Heredia including museums, churches, and soccer stadium. Match #3 in the evening.

Day 7: Wake up early to depart for Irazu Volcano and Orosi Hot Springs Tour. Afternoon visit to the shopping mall in San Pedro. Match #4 in the evening.

Day 8: Spend the day taking a tour of downtown San Jose; visiting the National Church, National Theatre, and public market for souvenirs. Farewell dinner in the evening at a restaurant in Heredia.

Day 9: Depart Costa Rica with an experience that will last a lifetime!

Dates for 2019

  • Women’s Tour #1:    January 5 – 13
  • Women’s Tour #2:   July 6 – 14

Tour Cost: $2,295

  • Deposit – 4 months before Tour: $500
  • 2nd Payment – 2 months before Tour: $1,000
  • Final Payment – 1 month before Tour: $795

One (1) coach goes for free with groups of at least eight (8) student-athletes.

Included

Round-trip airfare, Insurance, Meals, Accommodations, Excursions, Volunteering Placements, Bilingual Coordinators, Pre-Departure Training, Volleyball Jersey, 24 hour support. (Not included: shopping, personal expenses)

Safety

Costa Rica is an incredibly safe destination both in terms of security and staying healthy. Medical treatment ranks very high in worldwide health care standards. We provide pre-departure training sessions on vaccinations and how to stay healthy and safe on the trip. Parents will have 24-hour access to all Coordinators by cell phones.

Parents

Parents, you are welcome to join your student-athlete on the trip for all activities. You can join us for all activities including volleyball and excursions. You pay separately for airfare, accommodations, and excursions, and meals.

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Costa Rica Volleyball Tour FAQ

Costa Rica is located in Central America, with Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the southeast. It is a 3-hour flight from Miami to San Jose the capital of Costa Rica. Click for map
Yes Costa Rica is very safe both in terms of personal safety and health. We have been working in Costa Rica since 2003 with no major issues for any participants. Costa Rica is politically stable, with an established government and minimal street crime.
You will supervised at all times by our adult trip leaders. This includes during program activities, meals, and even free time. You are not allowed to leave your host family's house without an adult trip leader.
Yes. Make sure your phone can roam internationally (without WIFI). Cell phone service is quite good. You will not be allowed to use your phone if it is disrupting the group dynamic.
Yes. All host families and hotels have free WIFI.
You will live with a Costa Rican host family with many years experience hosting foreign students. They will provide you with meals and a private bathroom and make you feel part of the family. Two student-athletes per host family. One the beach excursion you will stay at a 3-star hotel.
Typical Costa Rican food like rice and beans, vegetables like potatoes and squash, chicken, beef, pork, eggs, milk, cheese, and a wide variety of fruit.
Yes. Including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.
Our trip leaders will take you to the nearest hospital for treatment and call your parents back home immediately. There will be an athletic trainer all at volleyball matches.
All of our program locations are within 1 hour drive to major medical facilities. Ambulances are available 24 hours.
We provide all students and coaches with an insurance policy from Allianz Global Assistance. The policy covers emergency medical and dental treatment as well as emergency medical evacuation.
Showers may not have hot water on a given day. You cannot flush toilet paper in any part of Costa Rica (pipes cannot handle it).
The best way is by cell phone. We strongly recommend that you and your parents use the app "WhatsApp" for texting and calls (WhatsApp uses your existing cell number).
The best way is by cell phone. We strongly recommend that your parents use the app "WhatsApp" for texting and calls (WhatsApp uses your existing cell number). All trip leaders use WhatsApp for their texting and calls with each other, students, and parents.
Yes. You must have a current valid passport. Click for passport information
No. Americans do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica.
Costa Rica does not require any vaccinations for entry. We follow the CDC vaccination guidelines for Costa Rica.
Moderate, pleasant climate with daytime temps high 70's then into the 60's overnight. Late afternoons have frequent clouds and occasional light showers.
Tap water is safe to drink in Costa Rica. We will bring bottled water to all activities including volleyball. If you want to be extra safe, bring a water purifier bottle from home (expect to pay at least $30 for a decent one).
No. Costa Rica uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, same as the US. Plugs are typically the 2-pronged flat type so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter.
We hire private buses/vans to transport our students to different program locations.
It is not a requirement, but we strongly urge you to learn and practice Spanish with your host family, volleyball opponents, and trip leaders.
From the Northeast we typically fly into either Houston or Miami which takes 3+ hours. From there, the flight is another 3 hours to San Jose the capital of Costa Rica.
Yes. One of our trip leaders will fly with your group from home.
$100-$125. You can bring cash in US dollars, but you will have to exchange the cash at a bank for local Colones (this can take several hours due to long lines). Instead, buy a Visa Travel Money Card from home and load it with money. Then use the card in Costa Rica to withdraw cash Colones at ATMs. You will only need money for optional snacks and gift/souvenir shopping.
US Dollars are widely accepted in Costa Rica. However most smaller restaurants and shops outside tourist areas will only accept local currency which is the Costa Rican Colon.
No later than 45 days before your Tour Start Date in Costa Rica.

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