Oakton

High School

Discover

Costa Rica

June 25th-July 9th, 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.

Rooming

 A La Carte Travel handles final rooming assignments for all travelers. Please ensure that all rooming requests are submitted by 110 days prior to departure.

Students will room in double, triples, or quads with others of the same gender from the entire tour group.

Adults are placed in twin accommodations (a hotel room with two beds) with another adult of the same gender from the entire tour group unless the name of a roommate has been provided.

Adults can request double-bed accommodations (a room with one bed for two people)  or a single room for an additional fee per hotel.   Single rooms are not available on overnight trains.

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: Thursday, June 25th, 2020- Depart

Take a flight from Washington Dulles to San José, Costa Rica. Host families will pick students up at the airport and take them home.

 

Day 2: Friday, June 26th, 2020- Liceo Bilingüe de Belén

Students will come to the school with their hosts and have a welcome breakfast reception at the school to meet classmates and be entertained with music, dance and introduction. The students will have a tour of the high school and spend lunch at the school before returning home to spend the afternoon with their host families.

 

Day 3-4: Saturday, June 27th & Sunday, June 28th, 2020- Homestay

Students will spend the weekend with their host families

 

Day 5: Monday, June 29th, 2020- San José

Students will meet at the high school and take a private coach bus on a day long tour of San José. They will see San José’s famous landmarks like the Art Museum, Democracy Plaza, Metropolitan Cathedral and National Stadium. They will return back to the high school in the evening and be picked up by their host families to go home for the night.

 

Day 6: Tuesday, June 30th, 2020- La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Students will depart from the high school in the morning and arrive at La Paz. They will spend the day exploring waterfalls, the aviary, butterfly gardens, insectarium, and see the great cats, monkeys, and reptiles. They will return back to the high school in the evening and be picked up by their host families to go home for the night.

Day 7: Wednesday, July 1st, 2020- Liceo Bilingüe de Belén

Students will spend the day at the school shadowing their hosts during classes and special occasions


Day 8: Thursday, July 2nd, 2020- Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs

Students will meet at the high school in the morning, then depart with a private coach bus to Baldi Natural Hot Springs. There, they will also see the Arenal Volcano before returning back to the high school in the evening and be picked up by their host families to go home for the night.


Day 9: Friday, July 3rd, 2020- Tortuga Island

Students will depart from Belén in the morning and take a coach bus to Tortuga Island. They will spend the day swimming, playing volleyball, hiking, and spend leisure time on the beach. They will return for dinner and overnight with their host families.

 

Day 10-11: Saturday, July 4th & Sunday, July 5th, 2020- Homestay

Students will spend the weekend with their host families

 

Day 12: Monday, July 6th, 2020- Adventure Tour in San Ramón

Students will meet at Belén and depart on a private coach bus to Adventure Center at Lands in Sam Ramón. They will spend the day at an obstacle adventure course, ziplining, Tarzan rappelling, and “superman’ing” in and above the tropical forest. They will return back to the high school in the evening and be picked up by their host families to go home for the night.

Day 13: Tuesday, July 7th, 2020- Coffee Tour and Botanical Gardens

Students will depart from the high school in the morning and arrive at Espiritu Santo Plantation in Sarchi. They will visit downtown Sarchi while they are there and visit the park and the largest oxcart in the world as well as the oxcart factory. While there are there, they will also visit the Else Kientzler Botanical Gardens. They will return to Belén for dinner and overnight with their families.

 

Day 14: Wednesday, July 8th, 2020- Liceo Bilingüe de Belén

Families will spend the day with the students and in the evening they will have a farewell party at the high school to celebrate the two weeks spent in Costa Rica.

 

Day 15: Thursday, July 9th, 2020- Depart

Students will depart San José to Washington Dulles

Program Price & Payment Terms

 

$2,595 based on a minimum of 12 students

 

*SIGN UP BEFORE JUNE 30th FOR A $100 DISCOUNT!*

 

Included in this price: 

Transportation: 

  • Round Trip Airfare- Price is based on 2019 prices and subject to change

  • Private Coach Bus to all excursions while in Costa Rica

Guided tours and entrances as per program 

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

 

 

2019-2020 Payment Schedule

 

Upon Registration: $500 Due with the online application

Monthly Payments Until: March 15, 2020

 

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