The trip was cancelled on July 3rd, 2013, due to low interest.
When: Jan 17 – Feb 16, 2014
Where: Costa Rica
Who: 8-10 students (ages 14-19) plus trip leaders Dev & Marian
Departure Airport: Miami
How Much: $3700 (includes all food & activities) plus airfare
Priority Application Deadline: July 1, 2013
Do you think about what it means to “live sustainably?” Do you want to meet inspiring people who are working on the cutting-edge of the sustainability movement? And would you love to do these things while exploring the lush jungles and beaches of Costa Rica? If so, then this is the trip for you.
On this Unschool Adventure trip, here’s what we’ll set out to accomplish:
Join a Sustainable Living Community in the Costa Rican Rainforest
We will begin by spending two weeks at Rancho Mastatal, an environmental learning and sustainable living center on the edge of the last remaining virgin rainforest of Costa Rica’s beautiful Puriscal County. We will familiarize ourselves with various natural building techniques, help out with the center’s various projects, learn about permaculture, explore the jungle, visit a local organic chocolate farm, interact with the locals, do yoga alongside waterfalls, cook, and play with farm animals.
Stay with Local Families, Practice Spanish, and Experience Tropical Ecology
For our next adventure, we will spend a week living with local families and participating in their day-to-day lives in the rural village of Mastatal. Each day we will receive Spanish lessons from Marco, a native Spanish teacher, and get together for lively group gatherings.
The tropics are known for diverse and exotic plants and animals: monkeys, butterflies, and orchids, to name a few. We will go for hikes through the jungle, take pictures, observe, and explore with trip leader Dev Carey, a Ph.D. ecologist with previous experience exploring Costa Rica.
Experiment with Community Living
Finally, we will travel to the coast where we will design our own mini-community by renting a large house near the Costa Rican beach. We’ll shop for local food together, explore the beach, and discuss the principles and practices of living successfully (and inexpensively) in community with others. If you’re interested in living with friends in the future (instead of by yourself), this experience will help you avoid the most common mistakes.
January 17: Meet in Miami Airport early and fly together to San Jose, where we will take a bus to Mastatal.
January 17-30: Live at Rancho Mastatal, enjoying work projects, community life, jungle adventures, mini-classes, and tours
January 31-February 6: Homestays in the town Mastatal with local families. Daily Spanish lessons and group gatherings.
February 7-14: Travel to the coast to the beach town of Uvita. Live in a group house. Play about with our own community design. Take local trips. Continue to explore the local ecology.
February 15-16: Travel day back to San Jose. Spend the night in a hotel and have a final celebratory dinner. Go to airport the next day and fly back to Miami together.
- Daily group meeting and check-in
- Helping with group meal preparation, clean-up, and packing
- Free/unstructured time for exploration, photography, journaling, R&R, and spontaneous fun
Have More Questions?
Contact us via e-mail or phone and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.