The Society / True Nature Costa Rica Service and Adventure Program

Tuition: $1595.00*
(Society Members SAVE $350 off the Regular price of $1945!)
Tuition includes accommodations, food, ground transportation,
activities, and service projects. *Airfare is not included.
Pay $300 Deposit to Hold Your Spot


December 10-17, 2016 (Email to Register)
June 17-24, 2017 REGISTER NOW
July 29-August 5, 2017 REGISTER NOW
December 9-16, 2017 REGISTER NOW

For registration questions, email us at:

IMG_4438Over the past 5 years, True Nature Education and the The National Society of Leadership and Success have partnered to offer this exciting service, leadership, and adventure travel opportunity to Costa Rica.

You are invited to join us in 2016-17 on one of three trips being offered. 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, connections with local communities, and service outreach work. In addition you will have the opportunity to meet new friends for life, learn about being a international student leader, and explore more about yourself. In a time where our world is becoming more and more of a global community, come be a part of the bridge of support by taking part in this incredible service, adventure and leadership trip.

IMG_4708During the program you will participate in several service opportunities* including potential projects such as: planting trees, working at the local school, renovation/construction of a local building (i.e. school, community, center, church), caring for endangered monkeys, cleaning the beach, and sharing our individual gifts – art, music, dance, and sports — with the local communities. Students will stay at eco-hotels and locally run sustainable hotels. Our programs will take place in two different sites in 2016. Site #1 will be next to Manuel Antonio National Park and Site #2 will be located near village of Chachagua, close to the Arenal Volcano.


These service projects may include work in:

~A Monkey Sanctuary
~Local school building
~Building of a local library
~Village Community Building
~An Area that you can share your gifts! Just let us know.

Activities can include:

~Snorkel/Dolphin Tour
~Rainforest Hike
~Horseback Riding
~Waterfall Expedition



For more information contact:


LunaNuevaPromo1 (1)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.

Testimonials from Past True Nature/Society 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 or Costa Rica with me as I keep on with my journey of life.
-Kathryn Hima, Stratford, Connecticut

IMG_1264I 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 and the Society! I could have never felt this way without you and for that I am forever 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 have been so supportive. I have never felt to 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 

Payment and Online Registration

Register early as these programs fill quickly to fill quickly! A $300 deposit will get your name on the big
“I Want To Go To Costa Rica” list and officially reserve your spot. It will be deducted from the total amount of the trip cost.
*The trip has a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 30 people
*** A $35.00 Service Processing Fee will be added to the tuition.

In order to pay and register , choose the trip you would like to attend, then click the "REGISTER NOW" icon below. Once payment is processed you will a confirmation email followed by further information and a link to the online registration page.

December 10-17, 2016 (Email to Register)
June 17-24, 2017 REGISTER NOW
July 29-August 5, 2017 REGISTER NOW
December 9-16, 2017 REGISTER NOW


  • 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

Half Tuition is Due 90 Days Prior to the Trip
Full Tuition is Due 45 Days Prior to the Trip

Alumni and Non-Society Members

Society Alumni and Non-Society Members are also welcome on the trip. If you or someone you know would like to join us please let us know.
Non-members will have to pay the full tuition price and also agree to the True Nature / Code of Conduct for the trip. Alumni are eligible for the discount.

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

All international flights will arrive at San Jose International Airport (SJO). True Nature Education has a Group Travel Agent that will be happy to help you book your flights. Just ask us if this interests you. Some of our retreats also have a Group Flight Option so you can travel with your fellow retreatants. From the airport we will organize one group transport for all retreat participants. Before booking tickets please contact us to discuss flight arrival and departure windows for your retreat and to be sure group minimums have been reached.

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 to Costa Rica 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 in Costa Rica, until you return home from your journey.

Sample Itinerary* 


Arrival Day
Stay at Hotel Near Airport
Welcome Dinner


Transfer to Manuel Antonio and Hotel Karahe
Sunset Group Circle


Transport to BBI Monkey Sanctuary
Service Project #1
Service Project #2
Evening CircleIMG_5722


Service Project #3
Beach Restoration
Beach Activities 10am
Lunch 12pm
1pm National Park Tour


Dolphin/Snorkel Boat Tour
Depart for Eco-Lodge


8:30am Transport to San Rafael for Service Project #4
Lunch in the Village
Free Time
Afternoon Biodynamic Farm Tour
Rest (Optional Night Hike)


Service Project #5: Local School Exchange
Zip Line / Horseback
Waterfall Hike
Closing Circle


Transport to Airport
Depart for Airport…Adios...

*Schedule Subject to Change


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