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Over the past decade, True Nature Education has been offering exciting travel opportunities in Costa Rica. You are invited to join us for a 2019 Massasoit Community College Costa Rica Adventure, Service, and Sustainability Program.

Experience the rich culture of this incredible country while doing work to support the people, communities, and preservation of the land and natural environment. You will have an unforgettable journey, full of outdoor adventures, education on sustainability, connections with local communities, and service outreach work.

Why travel Abroad?

  • Provides a powerful learning experience.  Seeing the impacts of climate change on Costa Rica and experiencing its incredible biodiversity will help students better appreciate the environment and better understand global environmental issues. In addition, several studies have found that students who studied abroad had improved academic performances, as opposed to those who did not study abroad.
  • Expands perspective.  International travel provides students with the opportunity to experience different cultures and lifestyles and expands perspective.
  • Establishes lifelong values and priorities. International travel can be a profound life experience, which gives students a sense of place and purpose and sometimes helps one establish lifelong values and priorities.
  • Achieves Massasoit’s Global Learning core competency; to foster cross-cultural awareness in an increasingly interconnected world.  In other words, to help our students become global citizens.
  • Helps improve the environmental literacy of students.
  • It’s fun! 

Why Costa Rica?

It’s the most biodiverse place in North America! While only the size of West Virginia, it harbors:

  • 12,000 species of plants
  • 1,239 species of butterflies
  • 838 species of birds
  • 440 species of reptiles and amphibians
  • 232 species of mammals
  • ~500,000 species of arthropods (insects, spiders, etc.) !

  • 20 “life zones“ including beaches and mangroves, lowland rainforests, cloud forests, dry deciduous forests, and paramo.
  • Easy to experience the uniqueness of Costa Rica’s ecology, since 25% of the land is protected.
  • Costa Rica is a leader in sustainability and in addressing climate change
  • Roughly 18 % of the country is in national parks and another 13 % is in privately owned preserves. More land is in some form of protection than in any other country.
  • Private conservation is encouraged by forest protection certificates which annually pay landowners about $50 per 2.5 acres.
  • Around 2/3 of Costa Rica’s remaining rainforests are protected
  • Costa Rica is nearing its goal of becoming the first “carbon-neutral” nation, because  99.62 percent of its electricity comes from five renewable sources; hydropower,  wind,  geothermal energy, biomass and solar.
  • In June, Costa Rican government officials announced an ambitious plan to become the world’s first country to achieve a comprehensive national strategy to eliminate single-use plastics by 2021.
  • All excursions/activities
  • Customer support for participants before and during trip
  • Round trip flight from Boston to San Jose Airport
  • Accommodations for 8 nights at 3 different locations
  • Group transportation to and from airport and to all excursions
  • Basic Trip insurance
  • It is recommended that travelers purchase the Extended Insurance Plan from True Nature. The extended plan allows a 75% refund of trip costs for cancellation for any reason. 
  • Three meals per day starting with dinner on the 1st night and ending with breakfast on the last day

Not included:

  • Additional excursions or activities
  • Any additional food, drinks
  • Gratuities


True Nature Education has searched long and hard throughout Costa Rica to find unique, ecologically friendly, and inspiring accommodations for our guests to stay in. All of the accommodations are clean, comfortable, and close to nature. Lodging includes electricity, hot water, internet, phone, comfortable beds and linens, and an environment which allows you to rest peacefully after a long day of activities. Most accommodations for large groups are shared. Private rooms are occasionally available for an extra fee on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Throughout the trip, you will be staying in three different incredible lodgings. All accommodations are shared-occupancy rooms with two to three people per room. Rooms vary and may include

either single or double-sized beds.

The first accommodations will be in La Fortuna where you will stay at a sustainable, rainforest eco-lodge hotel providing comfortable accommodations amidst acres of lush gardens, hiking trails, and a secluded jungle. The eco-lodge has a beautiful chlorine-free swimming pool and jacuzzi. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily with organic and local ingredients whenever possible.

In Manuel Antonio, you will stay at a stunning beach-front hotel just a few steps away from the Pacific Ocean. Immersed in the rain forest and surrounded by the jungle, this property is the ideal place to experience the biodiversity that makes Costa Rica so special. Rooms are spacious and modern, providing quick access to the beach, pool, and rainforest.

Finally, you will be staying in Monteverde. These rainforest accommodations are in the heart of this renowned cloud forest. Along with comfortable accommodations, spacious lodging, and delicious food, you will have a chance to see some of the hundreds of species of birds in Costa Rica, monkies, and maybe even a sloth!

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1
Fly into San Jose and transfer to the Arenal Eco-Lodge (approx. 2.5 hours away)
Welcome Dinner
Intro Lecture (overview of Costa Rica)

Day 2
Service project; reforestation at the eco-logde  
Sugar Cane Juice and Cooking Class
Lunch with a host family in the village
Return to the lodge
Biodynamic Farm Tour and Lecture

Day 3
Morning Rainforest Hike
Depart for La Fortuna
Zipline, horseback ride, or hike to La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Volcano hike and education
Return to lodge for dinner

Day 4

Visit to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, including boat tour and lunch
Return for dinner (pizza party!)

Day 5
Depart for Monteverde
Guided tour of Monteverde, lunch included
Dinner and time to explore Monteverde

Day 6
Visit Monteverde Botanical Gardens Service and Adventure Program 3
Depart for Manuel Antonio
Arrival and orientation

Day 7
Service project at an animal sanctuary and farm, including lunch
Return to lodge
Evening Activity

Day 8
Manuel Antonio National Park guided tour and free time at the beach
Lunch and shopping time in Manuel Antonio
Return to lodge
Closing Circle

Day 9
Depart for San Jose and fly home

*Schedule subject to change

Registration for Faculty, Staff, and Guest Registration

Staff, Faculty, and Guests Register Here! 

Full Price: $2795

Early bird: $2595 (through March 15th)

Registrants pay a $200 non-refundable deposit at time of enrollment and $35 processing fee.

Your remainingbalance will be made in three payments to True Nature. The payment schedule is outlined in the confirmation letter you will receive upon request.

Price includes:

  • All excursions/activities
  • Customer support for participants before and during trip
  • Round trip flight from Boston to San Jose Airport
  • Accommodations for 8 nights at 3 different locations
  • Group transportation to and from airport and to all excursions
  • Three meals per day starting with dinner on the 1st night and ending with breakfast on the last day

Not included:

  • Additional excursions or activities
  • Any additional food, drinks
  • Gratuities

It is recommended that participants purchase travel insurance. Learn more about your travel insurance options and how to purchase here.

For faculty and staff travelers, alternate activities may be done in place of projects on days 2 and 7. More info will be provided.

Testimonials from Past True Nature Trips

I believe coming on this trip took me out of my comfort zone, no actually, it expanded my comfort zone. I feel I am a changed person now and that I am able to to see and experience the beauty of planet Earth. I will take the memories of Costa Rica with me as I keep on with my journey of life.
-Kathryn Hima, Stratford, Connecticut

I am forever grateful and forever changed. I truly found myself here…who I want to be. I am happy, content, and a completely new person. Thank you so much True Nature! I could have never felt this way without you and for that, I amforever indebted.
-Charlotte, Dabrowski Middletown, Connecticut

There are no words to describe how beautiful everything is. Costa Rica takes my breath away. I was surrounded by life, felt closer to the Earth than I have ever felt before. More than that, True Nature and everyone has been so supportive. I have never felt so unselfconscious.
-Allison Waters, San Antonio, Texas

Life is a journey, every pebble on this Earth has its place. Sometimes those pebbles create a stepping stone-something with time, concrete, and strength. This experience was another stepping stone to my life-my personal journey, and I am grateful.
-Nola Heller, Plover, Wisconsin 

Service and Adventure Program 4


  • Initial deposits are non-refundable.
  • 1/2 tuition is refundable up to 90 Days before the retreat.
  • 89 days prior to a program, tuition is non-refundable.
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We understand that many questions come up when visiting a place you have never been. What do I bring? What is the weather like? We have created Participant Packages that will clarify these type of questions and more Once you have registered, we will send you these materials. In addition, on our website, we have a comprehensive FAQ section that also gives detailed answers to common questions. If you have other questions, you can always write us at so we can support you.

Getting There

The included group flight, as well as all international flights, will arrive at San Jose International Airport (SJO). From the airport, we will organize one group transport for all retreat participants. We will provide more information regarding the group flight closer to the retreat. If you will not be using the group flight from Boston to San Jose, Costa Rica, please contact us at

True Nature Education

True Nature is an Educational Travel Company which provides full service in the planning, support, and guiding of a diverse catalog of trips around the world each year. We believe in the power of experiential travel abroad and the multitude of effects it has on one’s growth. We have hosted thousands of participants and have been honored to share in the life-changing experiences of our guests. It is True Nature’s goal to meet the needs of our guests and to be of support from the time you first contact us, to the time you land at your destination until you return home from your journey.

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