Fauquier 

High School

Discover

Costa Rica

June 1st-June 14th, 2020

 

Passport & Visa 

 

U.S. Citizens

Passports need to be valid for 6 months after the final day of the program.  Please check the visiting countries for visa requirements.  There are no visas needed for Europe.  If a traveler is unable to obtain these travel documents, our standard cancellation policy will apply.

All children under the age of 18 unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian traveling abroad must have a notarized letter of permission with a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature.

To apply or renew your passports please click here

Non U.S. Citizens

Please contact your country's embassy to  find out visa and vaccination requirements for the countries you are visiting.

You can contact us for further information

Terms and Conditions

 

A La Carte Travel Booking Conditions

These Booking Conditions are valid for all A La Carte Travel departing after October 1, 2015, and are subject to change with or without notice. The most current Booking Conditions at the time of your departure will apply.

Enrollment

All Enrollment Forms must be received at A La Carte Travel 120 days prior to departure. Travelers should provide complete first, middle and last names and dates of birth as they appear (or will appear) on their passports.

Any corrections to match passport names made after 120 days prior to departure require that we change the flight reservation, resulting in a minimum fee of $200 per airline up to the cost of a new published fare ticket. This may also result in a different flight itinerary from the group. Travelers who have not yet applied for a passport should provide their full name and date of birth as they appear on their birth certificate.

Lost belongings

A La Carte Travel is not responsible for loss of passports, airline tickets or other documents, or for loss of or damage to luggage or any other passenger belongings. In the case of a lost paper airline ticket, the traveler is solely responsible for meeting the airline’s requirements (both logistical and financial) for ticket replacement.

Food Allergies

 A La Carte Travel recognizes that some travelers may have severe food allergies. We will do our best to ensure that our suppliers are informed of the situation but we cannot guarantee that all requests will be accommodated. Travelers are responsible for making their own arrangements for all in-flight meals.

Deposit and Payments

A deposit of $500 is required at the time of registration to hold the space for the passengers.  The remainder of the balance is divided into equal monthly payments with the final payment due no later than 60 days prior to departure.

Baggage

Excess baggage is subject to extra fees.

Passengers are advised to find out about the fees on the airline’s website.

Cancellation

120 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee

45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price

 

45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued

 
 

Travel Insurance

A La Carte Travel automatically insures all the passengers in the Travelex Standard Choice plan.

The Standard Travel Protection Plan covers the following:

 

  • Emergency Medical and Dental Expenses up to $15,000

  • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation Expenses of up to $50,000

  • Trip Delay Expenses of up to $1000

  • Lost or Delayed Baggage Expenses of up to $250

  • 24/7 travel assistance and concierge services

A  La  Carte Travel is now offering our groups a more comprehensive Travel Insurance as part of the Travel package and as part of an effort to ease the travelers’ concerns with the events around the world.

The travel protection plan we recommend, Travelex 360° Student Group Choice, includes coverage for Trip Cancellation and Interruption, Trip Delay, Emergency Medical Expense and Evacuation, Baggage Loss or Delay and more. 

 In addition to all of the above benefits, the Choice Plan upgrade will cover the following:

  • Trip Cancellation/interruption benefits include:  Sickness, injury, or death

  •  Pre-existing exclusion waiver through final payment

  • Common carrier cancellations/delays

  • Terrorist acts** (Occurring within 30 days of the scheduled departure date for the covered trip in your departure city or in a city which is a scheduled destination)

  • Trip delay benefits – 5 hours or more

  • Baggage Delay benefits – 12 hours or more

  • Cancel for any reason coverage upgrade

 

The  Cancel for Any Reason benefit, which allows you to cancel your trip for any reason, within 2 days of your Scheduled Departure Date, and receive up to 75% of the Insured Trip Cost. To be eligible for this benefit, the plan must be purchased within 21 days of your initial trip deposit and full trip cost must be insured. Contact us to find out the costs associated for these upgrades.

For more information please contact one of our travel consultants at:  703-281-1225 or Email Us

 

Standard of Conduct

 

Proper behavior is expected at all times. Remember, you are representing your country. Show respect for language and customs different than your own.

 

Grounds for Dismissal

  1. Possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs

  2. Poor attitude or behavior and consistently acting independently of the chaperones' admonishment and warnings

  3. Leaving the group on excursions, or leaving the hotels without the permission of chaperones and after the designated curfew

  4. Getting a piercing or tattoo

  5. Stealing or defacing any personal property, building or material

  6. Possession or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc

  7. Breaking group rules

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1: Monday, June 1st, 2020- Depart

Take a flight from Washington DC to San Jose, Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose and meet your host families at the airport.

  • Depart DCA at 12:20pm

  • Arrive JFK at 1:55pm

  • Depart JFK at 3:59pm

  • Arrive SJO at 8:42pm

 

Day 2: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020- Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour

Have breakfast with your host families then visit Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour and learn the history, growing, and processing methods, benefits and joys of coffee while visiting more than one square mile coffee plantation. Return to families for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020- Tortuga Island

Eat breakfast with your host families then go on an excursion trip to Tortuga Island. Take a boat trip across the Gulf of Nicoya to the island and back with the opportunity to snorkel and explore much of the island. View some of the protected islands in the Gulf, including Guayabo Island's Bird Sanctuary. Return to families for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4: Thursday, June 4th, 2020- School Day

Spend the day at the school with Costa Rican students

 

Day 5: Friday, June 5th, 2020- Arenal National Park and Hot Springs

Have breakfast with your host families before taking an excursion to see the Arenal Volcano National Park. Walk through a secondary forest along Las Coladas Trail to a cooled lava field and spot different species of wildlife! Relax at the hot springs in the afternoon before returning to your host families for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6 & 7: Saturday, June 6th- Sunday, June 7th, 2020- Homestay

Spend the weekend with your host families

 

Day 8: Monday, June 8th, 2020- San Jose City Tour

Eat breakfast with your host families then take a general tour of San Jose, Costa Rica. See the Costa Rican National Museum, the Gold Museum and the Jade Museum. Return to your families for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 9: Tuesday, June 9th, 2020- Waterfall Gardens

Take a full day excursion to visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Explore the waterfalls, aviary, butterfly garden, insectarium, great cats, monkeys and reptiles. Return to your host families in the afternoon for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 10 & 11: Wednesday, June 10th- Thursday, June 11th, 2020- Volunteer Day

Spend these days volunteering at the Rescue Center of Costa Rica

 

Day 12: Friday, June 12th, 2020- Adventure Tour

Take a full day excursion to visit an adventure center. Spend the day zip lining, Tarzan repelling and Superman in and above the tropical forest. Return to your families for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 13: Saturday, June 13th, 2020- Homestay

Spend the weekend with your host family

Day 14: Sunday, June 14th, 2020- Depart

In the morning, after a final breakfast with your host families, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

  • Depart from SJO at 10:38am

  • Arrive at MIA at 3:45pm

  • Depart from MIA at 8:25pm

  • Arrive at IAD at 10:59pm

 

Program Price & Payment Terms

 

$2,645 is based on a minimum of 20 students 

 

Included in your price:

Transportation:

  • Round-trip airfare

  • Private coach bus transfer to and from airport in USA

  • Transportation to all excursions while in Costa Rica

Guided Tours and Entrances as per program 

 

Travel insurance including health, trip delay, luggage loss and delay for all participants

 

Liability Insurance for all Tour Leaders

2019-2020 Payment Schedule

 

Upon Registration: $500 Due with the online application

Monthly Payments Until: March 15, 2019

 

Last Payment Due: April 15, 2020

A La Carte Travel Standard

Cancellation Policy

 

120 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee

 

45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price

45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued