CAMP COSTA RICA

SOCCER, SERVICE, AND EXPLORATION

Dates:  June 23rd - July 30th (First Week)

June 30th - July 7th (Second Week)

8 days/7 nights

Tuition: $1250/week (does not include airfare)

Whats Included: Price includes all accomodations, food/meals, ground transportation, soccer activities, adventure excursions, travel insurance, drawstring bag, travel shirt, and wind/rain jacket. DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE or souvenir spending money.

High School students may recieve up to 25 hours of community service recognition per week.

What to know: Trips are geared for middle and high school age soccer loving campers, but campers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent.

You are responsible for booking round trip airfare out of Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Juan. Leader escorted flights will be available from Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU).  Selected flights will be announced shortly. Please check back for updates.

A valid passport is required.

We strongly suggest all travelers see their family physician and receive any recommended travel vaccinations.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS 

Days 1-4: The trip starts by flying into San Jose, Costa Rica. We set up camp an hour away at the peaceful Villa Alta in Barranca, located on the western coast, and immediately get out on the field. Most of our stay here is soccer oriented and includes training at a nearby turf pitch, playing full sided and small sided games against local teams, and sand soccer. Besides playing a lot of soccer, we will interact with local youth players, participate in a service project benefiting the local community, and take a day trip to Eco Ranch. Projects are need based and may vary but could include repairing homes, agricultural projects, or teaching soccer and/or English. We will also provide local players and schools with the soccer equipment they need to play, one of our main missions at One World Athletics!

Days 5-7: First Week - Our second destination is Manuel Antonio National Park located just south of Quepos. We will spend two nights here exploring white sand beaches and the jungles of Costa Rica. If we are lucky, we hope to see a sloth or two! Second Week - We will be spending two nights in Punta Leona at Playa Blanca. Snorkeling, kayaking, mini golfing, exploring nature, and playing soccer will be some of our activities here.

Day 8: Our last night in Costa Rica will be spent in San Jose and include a trip to the Artisans Market, a walk down Central Ave, and a final training session on a turf field next to the hotel. Our hotel is located 15 minutes from the airport, allowing for a convenient transfer to begin the trip home the following day.

Costa Rica Map

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I book my own flights?

Yes, but we would be happy to help. One World Athletics will provide leader escorted flights to and from RDU International Airport. If you are not flying on a leader escorted flight, please see below guidelines:

  • Book flights in and out of Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (flight code SJO).

  • Arriving flight must land by 1:00pm Costa Rica time.

  • If departing flight leaves before 7:30am Costa Rica time, you will be responsible for transportation from hotel to airport.

Who do we work with in Costa Rica?

Our partners on the ground are Jose and Leda with Barranca Ministries. They work with kids in the town of Esparzol, about 15 minutes from where we stay. They have a soccer program along with a running program and a school program.

What should I pack?

Detailed packing lists will be provided upon registration but they majority of what you will need is clothes to play soccer in, cleats, shin guards, a bathing suit, possibly a rain jacket, and a refillable water bottle. The climate in Costa Rica is hot and humid during June and July.

Will I have internet or phone service?

At each of our destinations, you will have internet access. Phone service packages can be purchased through your provider ahead of time. We don’t recommend this for our campers as we want them to be fully engaged on our trip activities. We have also been known initiate temporary phone bans if they become a problem.

I want to collect equipment to donate on the trip… What is most needed?

Mens size cleats and indoor soccer shoes are always much needed. Please only donate items that are in good condition and can be used for a long time to come.

For other questions, please contact us. 

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