The trip to Costa Rica was fantastic. It was well rounded with many activities and the ability to interact with the locals. We learned so much about their environment, food, music and lifestyle. We met great local guides and our tour guide went above and beyond to make our trip a memorable one. Pura Vida!! Highly recommended..
Mildred / Group leader Raleigh NC / Posted on April 02, 2016
The country was beyond amazing, and our tour director, Hiedi, was BEYOND fabulous! Would go back in a heart beat!
PuraVida401 / Adult traveler Westerly,Rhode Island / Posted on March 26, 2016
Best Trip Ever
Right after signing up for this trip, I had no clue what a life-changing experience it would be. From kayaking at Arenal to rides along the rainforest to many ice cream stops at POPS! It was the most amazing experience ever. Our tour guide was great she was super sweet and very informative and our bus driver was awesome too! My only concern was the food because it was the same meal every night and it just got kinda old. But it was still great to try out the things from the different cultures. My favorite part was the last night. Outlooking San Jose and having a dance party with the whole group. It was great bonding time and I became even better friends with everyone there. I will never ever forget this trip. I cannot wait to go on another trip with EF to Peru this following spring!
osr13 / Student traveler Greenville, NC / Posted on August 31, 2015
Would've Been Wonderful Outside Rainy Season!
I have participated in many EF Tours, but this was my first time as a group leader. I was very excited and nervous. Not having children of my own made more anxious as I would be responsible for the livelihood for other people's children. The trip as a whole was great, but the weather was poor, because it was the rainy season. If it wasn't raining and windy, it was so hot and humid it was hard for the kids to focus. I realize that no one controls the weather, but I don't think this tour should be available during the rainy season. We also had some landslide and flooding issues.
FirstTimeInCR / Group leader Ephrata, PA / Posted on August 31, 2015
Awesome and Educational!!!!
We were 30 strong on our Costa Rica Tour. The experience was great!!! The teachers learned a great deal about the land, people, food, customs and culture as much as the students. We loved the Hot Springs, Monteverde was refreshing and new for the group. The people and guides gave such detail explanations about all the plants and animals. Everyone was an expert in the information given to us. The students left inspired and are so grateful to have participated. They learned so much more than in a classroom. Thank You!!!!!
Sparrow15 / Group leader Lancaster, Ohio / Posted on June 29, 2015
alot of bus
tour guide was great, sites chosen for tour were great. unscheduled shopping and hot springs not so good. hotels chosen are borderline skechty. food was bland for texas taste buds. was a great bond with my son.
/ Adult traveler Galveston, Texas / Posted on June 19, 2015
Adventures in Costa Rica
I didn't even come close to predicting the impact this trip had on my students! Just to quote a student says it best; - "They showed you their culture and tradition and they were willing to share that with everyone. The trip made me realize how many more opportunities there are out in the world. I had always said I wanted to be a veterinarian, but this trip has changed my perspective" Such a proud 'teacher moment'!!
CoachJ / Group leader Scottsville, KY / Posted on May 19, 2015
The trip to Costa Rica was not a cultural experience as it should have been. Despite several hikes thru the rainforest, no animals were seen. The tour meals were neither good, filling or even authentic (pasta with watery marinara). The school that was visited seemed to be routinely visited by groups from EFT (as though these children were an exhibit). The tour guide was most concerned about the tips of other staff. For an all inclusive trip....there were activities offered throughout the week that were at an additional price.... Horse back riding, hot springs..etc.. The hot springs was the only opportunity to swim in Costa Rica ....where it's hot?
Concerned2 / Student traveler Newton, NJ / Posted on April 14, 2015
Although we hit a few bumps in the road, our trip was a positive experience and I am planning to lead another tour through EF. Our tour director in Costa Rica was a class act and very helpful. We had two hotels which were rough but all in all the experience it self was great for the kids.
We were also on tour when Costa Rica advanced in the World Cup which was extra special for our group. The trip to the Coffee farm was great as was the school visit, horse back riding, and zip line. Lot's of downtime on the bus. Earth University was a great touch although I wish the activities at the University for the students were a bit more interactive.
Globetreck14 / Group leader Madison, New Jersey / Posted on February 25, 2015
Would do it again!
My son thoroughly enjoyed this experience and when I asked if he would do it again, there was an emphatic head shake "yes". He is pretty quiet generally but couldn't wait to show us pictures and tell us what they all were all 2,000 of them!
OkMa / Parent Traverse City, MI / Posted on December 04, 2014