2020 Southbound Student Travel to Costa Rica
Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
The Partners of the Americas High School Exchange Program has a great opportunity to offer you! This program is an excellent opportunity for you to use and improve your Spanish while experiencing the culture of Costa Rica firsthand. We are pleased that you are interested in our program.
Please read through this information carefully. Pay close attention to the required orientation dates and times, see link below. By deciding to apply for our program, potential travelers are asked to commit to several orientations to ensure that they are properly selected and completely prepared for the travel experience. You must arrive on time and participate fully in all required orientations if you wish to travel.
Schedule of 2020 Student Orientation
While your attendance at one of the informational meetings in January (Date and Location on calendar) is not required, it is strongly recommended because we discuss what we look for in our travelers. Please make sure to schedule ALL other events and appointments accordingly so they do not conflict with the Partners of the Americas mandatory orientations. Please check the calendar for specific times and locations of these meetings.
The costs associated with the program include:
- $30 non-refundable application fee
- $2,600 for travel expenses,
- $300-$400 spending money while in Costa Rica
- Associated fees such as immunizations, passport, host family gifts, etc.
There are some scholarships awarded based on financial need. In the past, the amount of the scholarships has been up to 1/3 of the total cost. The amount will vary based on the number of applicants. An application for financial assistance can be found by clicking here: Financial Assistance Form
The Partners’ committee looks forward to meeting you and your parent(s) at the Informational Orientation!
Review Important Dates
Review all the important upcoming Southbound Student Travel dates. If there are no dates listed below, please click Southbound Important Dates, to see a list of important dates for Southbound (traveling) students.
Learn about the 4 or 8 week exchange program from program volunteers and former travelers. Details about the program and application process will be discussed. We look forward to seeing you there! Pura Vida
Getting to Know You Orientation REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS Lunch Provided During this orientation, potential travelers will participate in a variety of group activities to get to know each other and the Partners of the Americas committee will get to know students and begin to assess their suitability to travel with the program.
Student Interviews Orientation REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS Bring your own lunch!
Date is tentative.
Overnight Orientation Please bring your lunch and other assigned documents.
Tentative departure to Costa Rica. Exact date will be determined in the spring. The date may change if school years are extended.
Travelers will return 8 weeks after departure date (+/- 1 day).