A Community Service Nursing Project in Costa Rica

March 15 – 21, 2015

Experience the beauty and spirituality of this natural wonderland!

Costa Rica offers you one of the world’s greatest collections of rain forests, wild rivers, historic culture, mountains and volcanoes. With its unique combination of beauty and spirituality, it’s the ultimate refreshment for your body, mind and soul.

Enjoy this unique “Vacation with a Reward!”
Most of us look forward to our vacations and take a traditional holiday. But how much better would it be if you could visit a great destination, do sightseeing,

Enjoy local cuisine and a unique atmosphere with an opportunity to “give back” while at the same time working with your learned nursing skills.
We are privileged to partner with a Volunteer Project at La Carpio, one of the poorest areas of Costa Rica. The program is called “Carpio Clean … Carpio Green … Carpio Healthy … Carpio Happy.” This trip combines traditional touring with participation in a volunteering NURSING program that assists children and their families who live in poverty in Costa Rica. What a great way to spend your Spring Break holiday.

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1st Day, Sunday, March 15: To San Jose (D)
5:00 am   OUCH !! Please be at Spirit Airlines check-in counter at La Guardia.  Please do not pack your passport and attach your yellow tag to your luggage.
6:40 am   Depart from LaGuardia via Spirit Airlines flight #705.
9:42 am   Arrival in Ft Lauderdale for your connecting flight.
10:40 am   Depart via Spirit Airlines flight #755.
11:38 am   Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica.
After Immigration and Customs, board our coach for our transfer to our reserved accommodations in San Jose.
Balance of the day to relax.
7:00 pm   Meet for dinner at a local restaurant.

Balmoral Hotel
Central Avenue (between 7th and 9th street)
San Jose, Costa Rica
Tel: (506) 222-5022

2nd Day, Monday, March 16- In San Jose (B/D)
8:00 am   Breakfast
9:00 am   After breakfast, the La Carpio staff will meet you at the Balmoral Hotel for a group orientation. Afternoon is free for independent exploration of this wonderful city founded in 1737. San José was a forgotten backwater of the Spanish empire until the late 19th century, when it boomed with the coffee business. The city boasts some of the finest museums in Central America, including Costa Rican Art Museum, featuring a lovely open-air sculpture garden. For shopping, local craft items and cheap souvenirs, head to the Mercado Central, or the open-air market on the Plaza de la Democracia.  Be sure to check out the extensive and impressive collection of indigenous art and craftworks on offer at Galería Namu.  Back to the hotel in the afternoon.
7:00 pm   Meet for dinner at a local restaurant.

3rd Day, Tuesday, March 17- In San Jose – Nursing volunteer Program (B/L/D)
7:00 am   Breakfast
7:30 am   After breakfast, we depart for La Carpio. Box lunch included.
8:30 am   Start Clinic for blood pressure screenings, vision screenings, diabetes screenings & breast exams.
3:00 pm   Return to the hotel and the balance of the day free.
7:00 pm   Meet for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

4th Day, Wednesday, March 18- In San Jose  – Nursing volunteer Program (B/L/D)
7:00 am   Breakfast
7:30 am   After breakfast, we depart For La Carpio. Box Lunch included.
8:30 am   Start Clinic for blood pressure screenings, vision screenings, diabetes screenings & breast exams.
3:00 pm   Return to the hotel and the balance of the day free.
7:00 pm   Meet for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

5th Day, Thursday, March 19- In San Jose-Nursing volunteer Program (B/L/D)
7:00 am   Breakfast
7:30 am   After breakfast, we depart for La Carpio. Lunch at La Carpio with locals.
8:30 am   We start by pairing up with Local children and youth of the community as they create their own “Dream Mat” program. which will be an opportunity to teach the children the value of dreaming: how important it is to have dreams, to wish for things, to have goals in our their hearts as they put their names on cloth (in Spanish of course).  Each child will leave with two mats as a decoration that they can hang in their homes.  So, bring your loving and creative self and give these children an experience that can affect them very positively for years to come. This will be followed by passing out the hygiene kits you have put together and as they are given to the children, you will be interacting with them to practice hand washing, hair care, nail care, etc.
1:00 pm   Local lunch at Carpio, followed by a local handi-crafts program and exhibit (also for purchasing items).
3:00 pm   Return to the hotel and the balance of the day free.
7:00 pm   Meet for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

6th Day, Friday, March 20- In San Jose–White Water Rafting & River Cruise (B/L/D)
6:00am   Breakfast
6:30 am   After breakfast it’s off the an exciting day as we depart for the Sarapiquí River  rapids that are moderate class II-III  (the picture is more dramatic than the rapids) and  is the perfect adventure to satisfy your daily dosage for adrenaline and water splash! In addition, the clear, warm water is perfect for enjoying a swim between rapids. . The crafts used are very stable, easy to maneuver and really fun! The run takes two and a half hours combining spectacular rainforest with colorful farmlands. In the afternoon, we will continue our tour as we navigate the Sarapiqui River on a small cruise boat past beautiful scenery river surrounded by lowlands of tropical rain forest with lush vegetation and a large variety of plants, animals and birds. Lunch will be served at a Hacienda style house at the end of the tour and some time will be given to enjoy some of the other activities offered. Return to our hotel about 5:30pm.
Note: Bring: Hiking shoes or sneakers, light jacket, insect repellent, swimsuit,  binoculars, sun block and camera.
8:00 pm  Meet in the lobby for dinner at a local restaurant.

7th Day, Saturday, March 21: To New York (JFK) (B)
8:00 am   Breakfast at leisure.
9:00 am   Meet in lobby with our luggage for transfer to Airport. Be sure to have your departure tax fee of approximately $29 that has to be paid locally.
12:30 pm   Depart via Spirit Airlines flight #756.
5:19 pm   Arrive Ft Lauderdale and go through Immigration and Customs.
8:04 pm   Depart Ft Lauderdale via Spirit Airlines flight #710.
10:59 pm   Arrive at LaGuardia.

Note:  Itinerary correct at time of printing and subject to changes & adjustment due to conditions beyond our control

YOUR HOTEL – The Balmoral
balmoral hotelLocated in the historical and lively heart of downtown San Jose, Costa Rica, right on Avenida Central, Costa Rica’s most famous and visited pedestrian-boulevard the Balmoral is an independent, four star, full service, Art Deco landmark hotel ideal for both business and leisure travelers.
Built in the 1950s, the Balmoral Hotel was at the time the tallest building in Costa Rica. For decades, it has been the place to stay, to meet, to enjoy good food and drinks, to experience Costa Rican friendly service and welcoming hospitality in downtown San Jose; a favorite amongst for locals and visitors alike. While committed to preserving its own identity and heritage, as well as downtown San Jose’s architecture, history, culture and traditions, the Balmoral is also committed to constant innovation and improvement. The year of the celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Balmoral set itself a new vision for the hotel and embarked not only on a major remodeling, but also an expansion of its facilities and services.  There is free wi-fi, gym and hotel shops  The hotel is also committed to sustainable practices, which protect the environment and promote the social and economic well being of downtown San Jose.


  • Round trip air transportation from JFK to San Jose
  • Round trip Airport/Hotel transfers
  • 5 Nights accommodations at the Balmoral Hotel in San Jose
  • Hotel taxes
  • Continental Breakfast throughout
  • 4 lunches (including a special lunch at a local farm in the rain forest)
  • 5 dinners
  • Local transportation for Community Service programs
  • White Water Rafting tour & Sarapiqui Cruise tour
  • Some Free time for independent exploration in San Jose

Not included in the above are:

  • Any beverages including mineral water, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks etc. unless otherwise specified
  • Any items of a personal nature such as baggage handling at hotels or airports
  • Any changes in the program due to conditions beyond our control

Please Read the Terms and Conditions for this Tour

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Price Per Person:
$2,149 in double room ($2,269 via credit card) plus $35 prepaid gratuities for guides & escorts
Single room price on request

Gregory Bruhn
Interim Director, The Center for International Education