Costa Rica School Trip Guide

Here you’ll discover everything you need to know about your Evolve trip to Costa Rica. Check out Plan for our guide on how to create the best trip for your students with important info on where to visit, eat and sleep for your groups needs and for tips on how to plan for insurance and more. Read Pack for what to bring for specific regions and seasons and Prepare for language tips, facts and local know-how.

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Why should my student group visit Costa Rica?

An educational trip to Costa Rica can be a fascinating educational and cultural experience for students.

First, determine the intended focus of your educational trip. This will help you decide which regions will best suit what your group is looking to experience.  Get insights below and download our full guide above to plan your perfect trip.

Biology– Incredible biodiversity & meaningful field research.

Language – Spanish language & Costa Rican culture: Try language workshops.

Outdoor Adventure – Try an adventure tour trekking and hiking the volcanos

Community Service – Making an impact & volunteering: there are a number of villages for community service projects and be immersed into the culture.

Mixed focus – Balance educational, outdoor and cultural focuses. The variety of geography, culture and history of within Costa Rica has so much to offer!

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Luggage – Any seasoned traveler will tell you: the lighter – the better! A small or medium sized suitcase or duffel will be perfect for your trip to Costa Rica. Prepared packers also bring a couple spare plastic bags for wet clothes or separated laundry. For day trips, bring a backpack and a safe document or money holder that sits close to the body under a shirt or a fanny pack.

  • Small or medium suitcase or duffel bag
    • Backpack and/or purse for day trips and overnights
    • Safe money holder or fanny pack
    • Extra plastic bags / ziplocks

Clothing – The country’s climate is split into 2 different seasons: the dry season runs from November through to May, and sees plenty of sun and warm weather in the majority of the country. The exception being the Caribbean coastline, where you may experience a tropical shower at any time of year. The wet season begins at the end of May, but it is still possible to enjoy the country’s many beautiful attractions with minimal disruption right through until the end of August. September and October are to be avoided. The temperature highs range from 30-34◦C and lows of 23-25◦C.

Accessories and Toiletries – Below are items for keeping you charged, comfortable and prepared. Before your trip, make sure you have spoken to a travel doctor about medications you will need and pack all necessary prescriptions.

  • Daily Use: sunglasses, watch, compass, lock, pocket dictionary
    • Entertainment: camera, phone, book, diary (wall plugs are Type A, B and C, so bring a transforming plug!)
    • Water bottle, sunscreen, hand sanitizer
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    • Soap, shampoo & conditioner
    • Medications

Below is your basic Packing List for Costa Rica

  • Socks, underwear, bras
    • 1 pair of breathable pants
    • 3 – 5 t-shirts
    • 2 pairs of shorts
    • 1 long light sleeve shirt
    • 1 light sweater or sweatshirt
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Bathing suit
    • Scarf / bandanna
    • Hat
    • Shoes – comfortable and supportive for hiking/daily use
    • Flip flops / waterproof sandals
    • Sleepwear

What to leave at Home – Carrying around extra pounds of luggage isn’t worth those extra shoes or that shirt you wear just one time. If you need help eliminating an item or two, check out the list below:
• Less practical and/or fancy clothing
• More shoes than needed
• Many heavy books
• BIG bottles of toiletries – swap for travel sized containers
• Heavy towels


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Spanish lesson

Looking to get a jump start on your Spanish language skills? Here are some greetings and expressions for you to practice just for fun!

Good morning: buenos días
Good afternoon:
 buenas tardes
Good night:
 buenas noches
Hello: Hola or Buenos
Good bye: Adios
See you soon: Hasta pronto
Excuse me: Con permiso 
How are you?:
 Como está? Or Como le va?
Fine, thanks: bien, gracias
My name is:
 Me llamo…
What is your name?: Como se llama usted?
Pleased to meet you: 
Much gusto
Do you speak English?:  habla inglés?
I don’t speak Spanish: no hablo español
I don’t understand:
 no entiendo 
I am from…: Soy de 
(name your state or city)
Slower, please: más despacio, por favor
Where is: Donde esta
The bathroom: el baño or los servicios
The restaurant: el Restaurante
The bank: el banco
The beach: la playa
Pharmacy: farmacia
Hospital: hospital
How much does it cost?: Cuanto cuesta? Or Cuanto vale?
Please: por favor
Thank you: 
You’re welcome: 
con gusto or de nada

Costa Rica Fun Facts: 

  1. Costa Rica borders two large bodies of water on opposite sides: the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean
  2. Costa Ricans call themselves Ticos and Ticas.
  3.  Costa Rica only takes up .03% of the planet’s surface but actually holds 5% of its biodiversity!
  4. “Pura vida” is the national saying, which means “pure life,” a sunny, feel good expression used as a greeting, goodbye, or if someone asks how you are doing.
  5. The average life expectancy of 77 years is one of the highest in the world.