ITINERARIES

 Working Itinerary –PSU: Costa Rica SPRING 2019

May 5, 2019   Depart USA / Arrive San Jose, Welcome Dinner
Sunday § Arrive at San Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose

§ Group is met after immigration and customs by private coach and English-speaking assistant for transfer to hotel. Coach will be at the airport before the first flight arrives, until all the participants finish the procedures.

§  Responsible: Carola Torruella +506 7103-6080

§ Hotel check-in

§ 5:00PM Meet at hotel restaurant – first floor near lobby area for group Welcome Dinner Evening (one non-alcoholic drink per person included).

Orientation onsite. Mr. Jose Pablo Arce, will provide an overview of health care in Costa Rica, as an introduction to the program.

§  Menu: To be defined

Overnight: San Jose (1) – Radisson San Jose

§ Wi-Fi internet is included in rooms also

Meals Included:
Dinner

 

 

May 6, 2019   Hospitals and Social Security talk
Monday

 

  § 6:30AM-7:30AM: Breakfast at hotel main restaurant (downstairs the lobby area).

§ 7:35AM: Meet in lobby

§ 7:40AM: Depart on full day private coach with English speaking guide for hospital visits within city limits

§ 8:00AM: Hospital Visit: Visit/meeting at Calderon Guardia Hospital (to be confirmed)

§ 10:00 Meeting at Ministry of Health

§ 12:00PM: Lunch (one soft drink per person included)

§  Menu: To be defined.

§ 2:00PM: Hospital Visit: Visit/meeting at the Women’s Hospital (arranged by Rainforest and Reef)

§ 5:00PM: City tour for sightseeing and visit to the crafts market.

§ 6:30PM: Proceed to the group dinner (one soft drink per person included)

§  Menu: To be defined

§ Overnight: San Jose (2) – Radisson San Jose

§  Wi-Fi internet is included in rooms

 

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner
 

 
May 7, 2019   Cultural Visits, Hospital Visit & Travel to Las Juntas
Tuesday

Meals Included:
Breakfast
Lunch

Dinner

 

 

  § 6:00AM – 7:00AM: Breakfast at hotel main restaurant (downstairs the lobby area).  Bags must be in the hotel lobby by 7:00 a.m.

§ 7:00AM: Check out of hotel and load bags on coach

§ 7:15AM: Depart on full day private coach with English speaking guide for cultural visit en-route to Las Juntas

§ 8:15AM: Cultural Visit: Visit to Poas Volcano tour (entrances included)

§ 10:45PM: Cultural Visit: Coffee tour (entrances included) and lunch included at the coffee tour restaurant (one soft drink per person included).

§ 2:30PM: Hospital Visit: Group will visit Monseñor Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas.

§ 4:30PM: Following visit, transfer via coach to Las Juntas

§ 6:30PM: Arrive at hotel in Las Juntas and Hotel check-in

§ 7:00PM: Meet for group dinner at Pueblo Antiguo Hotel’s restaurant (down the hill, next to the pool – one soft drink per person included).

§ Overnight: Las Juntas (1) – Pueblo Antiguo

 

 

May 8, 2019

  Las Juntas: Clinic Visit
Wednesday

 

§ 6:30AM-7:25AM: Breakfast at hotel restaurant

§ 7:40AM: Meet at parking lot

§ 7:45AM: Depart on full day private coach with English speaking guide for visits within city limits

§ 8:00AM: Clinic Visit: Visit to the local clinic to learn about the work of ATAPs (Technical Assistants to Primary Care) and other preventative health labor performed at the local clinic and service project.

§ 12:00PM: Transfer to Costa Pajaros / Playa Blanca for afternoon at the beach. Stop included at Los Mangos to pick up boxed lunch and allow time for students to change their clothes.

§ 1:30PM: Visit to Costa Pajaros / Playa Blanca

§ 4:30PM: Return transfer to hotel

§ 6:30PM: Meet for group dinner at hotel restaurant (one soft drink per person included)

§ Overnight: Las Juntas (2) – Pueblo Antiguo

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner
 

 
May 9, 2019   Tilarán Clinic Visit & Transfer to La Fortuna
Thursday

 

§ 6:00AM-6:55AM: Breakfast at hotel restaurant

§ 7:10AM: Check out of hotel and load bags on coach

§ 7:15AM: Depart on full day private coach with English speaking guide for hospital visit

§ 8:00AM: Clinic Visit: Visit to the local clinic in Tilaran to continue to work with the ATAPs

§ 12:15PM: After visit, lunch included at Aroma Tico Restaurant (one soft drink per person included)

§ 1:30PM After lunch the group will begin transfer towards La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano. On our way to La Fortuna, make a quick stop on the shores of Lake Arenal for sightseeing and take pictures.

§ 3:30PM: Arrive at hotel in La Fortuna and hotel check-in

§ 4:00PM Walk to downtown La Fortuna for shopping. Upon completion of shopping, get back to the hotel.

§ 6:30PM: Meet and transfer for group dinner at Rancho Perla restaurant (one soft drink per person included)

§ 8:00 PM: Transfer to the hotel, where the group can enjoy the pool.

§ Overnight: La Fortuna (1) – Arenal Montechiari

 

 

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner
 

     

 

May 10, 2019   La Fortuna: Clinic Visit & Cultural Visits
Friday

 

  § 6:30AM-7:30 AM: Breakfast at hotel restaurant

§ 7:45AM: Meet at the hotel parking lot (Please bring a backpack with change of clothes, swimsuit and a plastic bag for wet clothes).

§ 7:50AM: Depart on full day private coach for clinic and cultural visits

§ 8:00AM: Clinic Visit: Visit/meeting at the clinic in La Fortuna. After visit, if there is a spare time, we can continue shopping in La Fortuna downtown.

§ 12:00 PM: Group lunch included at Rancho Perla (one soft drink per person included)

§ 1:00PM: After lunch, depart for cultural visit

§ 1:30PM: Cultural Visit: Walk through the rainforest and experience the hanging bridges (entrances included)

§ 4:00PM Transfer to Baldi Hot Springs (The place provides towels, paying a $10 deposit that each participant must pay. The deposit will be returned against the return of the towel. Participants can leave their personal belongings on the bus; but for their convenience, the place also offers rent of lockers, for a cost of $6 dollars each -if you wish and your backpacks are small, you can share 1 locker with another student and divide the cost of the rent-).

§ 6:30 PM: Change of clothes to go to the restaurant. The dress code is informal, but swimwear is not allowed. The entire group must be in the restaurant at 6:55 p.m.

§ 7:00PM: Group dinner at Baldi Hot Springs restaurant (buffet dinner). After dinner, the participants can put on their bathing suit again and continue enjoying the 25 different pools of the hot springs.

§ 9:30PM: Changing clothes again and meet at lobby to go back to the hotel.

§ Overnight: La Fortuna (2) – Arenal Montechiari

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner
 

 

 

   
May 11, 2019   La Fortuna: Cultural Visit, Transfer to San Jose & Farewell Dinner
Saturday § 6:30AM-7:20 AM: Breakfast at hotel restaurant

§ 7:30AM: Meet in lobby. Check out of hotel and load bags on coach

§ 7:45AM: Depart on full day private coach with English speaking representative to cultural visit – Zip lining.

§ 08:30AM: Cultural Visit: Canopy tour (Zip line)  – (entrances included)

§ 11:30PM Lunch at Rancho Perla (One soft drink per person included)

§ 12:30PM Transfer to San Jose, Hotel Radisson San Jose (approximately 3 hours and 30 minute drive)

§ 3:00PM: Upon arrival, hotel check-in.

§ 5:30PM: Meet for group Farewell dinner (one non-alcoholic drink per person included)

§ Menu: To be defined

§ Overnight: San Jose (1) – Radisson San Jose

§ Wi-Fi internet is included in rooms

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

 

 

May 12, 2019   San Jose: Depart for USA
Sunday

 

Meals Included:
Breakfast

§ 4:15AM: Bagged Breakfast at hotel (first floor near lobby area)

§ X:XXAM: First transfer out. Check out of hotel and load bags on coach

§ X:XXAM: Second transfer out. Check out of hotel and load bags on coach

Flight departs for USA

 

END OF PROGRAM

 

ROUGH DRAFT ITINERARY MAY 2019

Day-By-Day Itinerary. All meetings in this itinerary are tentative and subject to change. 

Sunday-  5 May 2019

(Day 1)   Arrival transfer from airport to hotel – Overnight in San Jose (Park Inn by Radisson, Holiday Inn or similar)

Monday- 6 May 2019 (B L D)

(Day 2)   Meeting at the Ministry of Public Health’s Meeting at Calderon Guardia Hospital or meeting with Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez. Lunch at the hotel, meeting at Woman’s Hospital, City Tour and dinner. Overnight in San Jose:  Park Inn by Radisson, Holiday Inn or similar)

Tuesday- 7 May 2019 (B L D)

(Day 3) Travel to Volcan Poas and Coffee Tour – Visit to Heredia Hospital.

Transfer and overnight in Las Juntas (Pueblo Antiguo)

Wednesday- 8 May, 2019 (B L D)

(Day 4)   Visit the local clinic at Las Juntas, to know about the work of the ATAP’s (Technical Assistants of Primary Care) and other preventive health labor done by the local clinic – Short trip to near beach (Costa de Pajaros) Dinner and Overnight in Las Juntas (Pueblo Antiguo)

Thursday- 9 May 2019 (B L D)

(Day 5)   Transfer to Tilaran and visit to the local clinic at Tilaran, to know about the work of the ATAP’s (Technical Assistants of Primary Care) and other preventive health labor done by the local clinic – Travel to Arenal- Possible visit Arenal local Clinic – Overnight Arenal Montechiari

Friday- 10 May 2019 (B L D)

(Day 6)Hanging bridges during the morning. After lunch, visit La Fortuna downtown. Shopping at La Fortuna – After shopping visit Baldi hot springs – Dinner at Baldi – Overnight in La Fortuna (Arenal Montechiari)

Saturday- 11 May 2019 (B L D)

(Day 7) Canopy tour (Zipline) during the morning. After lunch drive back to San Jose – Farewell dinner and Overnight in San Jose at Park Inn by Radisson, Holiday Inn or similar)

Sunday – 12 May 2019 (B)

(Day 8)   Transfer out to the airport

 

PSU: Costa Rica 2018

May 7, 2018   Depart USA / Arrive San José, Hospital Visit & Welcome Dinner
Monday § Arrive at San Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José

§ Group is met outside after immigration and customs by private coach and English-speaking assistant for transfer to hotel. Coach will be at the airport from 10:30 a.m. until all the participants’ finish the procedures.

§ Responsible: Carola Torruella +506 7103-6080

§ Arrive at hotel and check-in (need passport ready for front desk)

§ 4:30PM Hospital Visit: Short visit at Hospital de las Mujeres Adolfo Carit Eva (Women’s Hospital)

§ 6:30PM Meet at hotel restaurant – first floor near lobby area for group evening Welcome Dinner (one non-alcoholic soft drink per person included)

Menu: Starter: Mixed salad with olive and balsamic vinaigrette

Sides: White rice and sautéed vegetables

Main dishes: Lemon chicken and grilled pork

Soft drink & Dessert (gluten free and vegetarian options available)

§  Overnight: San José (1) – Park Inn by Radisson

Wi-Fi internet is included in rooms

 

Meals Included:
Dinner  
May 8, 2018   Cultural Visits and Social Security Presentation
Tuesday

 

  § 6:00AM-6:30AM: Breakfast at hotel main restaurant (first floor near lobby area)

§ 6:40AM: Meet at hotel lobby

§ 6:45AM: Depart on private coach with English speaking Rainforest and Reef representative for a full day cultural visit

§ 8:00AM: Cultural Visit: Visit to Irazú Volcano (entrances included)

§ 10:30AM: Cultural Visit: Coffee tour (entrances included)

§ 12:00PM: Lunch at a nearby restaurant (one soft drink per person included; gluten free and vegetarian options available).

§ 4:00PM: Transfer to the hotel

§ 5:00PM: Meeting in hotel conference room with José Pablo Arce, a Costa Rican Social Security representative, to learn how health care is financed in Costa Rica

§ 7:00PM: Dinner at hotel restaurant -first floor near lobby area (one soft drink per person included; gluten free and vegetarian options available). After dinner pack bags.

§ Overnight: San José (2) – Park Inn by Radisson

Wi-Fi internet is included in rooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner
May 9, 2018   Hospital Visits & Transfer to Las Juntas
Wednesday

 

Meals Included:
Breakfast
Lunch

Dinner

 

 

  § 6:30AM – 7:15AM: Breakfast at hotel main restaurant (first floor near lobby area).

§ 7:20 AM: Check out of hotel and load bags on private coach

§ 7:30AM: Depart on private coach with English speaking Rainforest and Reef representative for a full day of hospital visits

§ 8:00AM: Hospital Visit: Visit to Hospital Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia

§ 10:30AM: Meeting at Ministry of Health

§ 11:40AM Depart on private coach with English speaking Rainforest and Reef guide to Las Juntas (next Hospital visit will be en-route to Las Juntas)

§ 1:00PM: Lunch at “El Jardín” Restaurant/Buffet and craft market (one soft drink per person included; gluten free and vegetarian options available)

§ 3:00PM: Hospital Visit: Group will visit Monseñor Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas

§ 4:30PM: Following visit, continue travel to Las Juntas

§ 6:30PM: Arrive at Pueblo Antiguo Hotel and check-in

§ 7:00PM: Meet for group dinner at Pueblo Antiguo Hotel’s restaurant (down the hill, next to the pool – one soft drink per person included; gluten free and vegetarian options available).

§ Overnight: Las Juntas (1) – Pueblo Antiguo

Wifi only available in restaurant/lobby/pool area

 

 

 
May 10, 2018   Las Juntas: ATAPs and Clinic Visit
Thursday

 

§ 6:30AM-7:25AM: Breakfast at hotel restaurant

§ 7:40AM: Meet at parking lot (up the hill)

§ 7:45AM: Depart on private coach with Rainforest and Reef English speaking guide

§ 8:00AM: Clinic Visit: Visit to the local clinic to learn about the work of ATAPs (Technical Assistants to Primary Care) along with in home visits to learn about the preventative and health services performed

§ 12:00PM: Transfer to Costa Pájaros / Playa Blanca for afternoon at the beach. Stop at “Los Mangos” to pick up boxed lunch and allow time for students to change their clothes (lunch consisted of salad or pizza with one soft drink per person).

§ 1:30PM: Visit to Costa Pájaros / Playa Blanca

§ 4:30PM: Return to hotel

§ 6:30PM: Meet for group dinner at hotel restaurant (one soft drink per person included; gluten free and vegetarian options available)

§ Overnight: Las Juntas (2) – Pueblo Antiguo

Wifi only available in restaurant/lobby/pool area

 

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner
 
May 11, 2018   Tilarán Clinic Visit & Transfer to Monteverde
Friday

 

§ 6:00AM-6:55AM: Breakfast at hotel restaurant

§ 7:10AM: Check out of hotel and load bags on private coach

§ 7:15AM: Depart on private coach with Rainforest and Reef English speaking guide for clinic visit

§ 8:00AM: Clinic Visit: Visit to the local clinic in Tilarán to continue to in home visits with the ATAP workers

§ 12:15PM: After visit, lunch included at “Aroma Tico” Restaurant/Buffet (one soft drink per person included; gluten free and vegetarian options available)

§ 1:30PM After lunch the group will begin transfer towards Monteverde

§ 3:30PM: Arrive at hotel in Monteverde and check-in

§ 4:00PM Transfer to downtown Santa Elena for shopping. Upon completion of shopping, transfer to Hotel Poco a Poco for dinner.

§ 6:30PM: Meet for group formal dinner at Poco a Poco restaurant (one soft drink per person included; gluten free and vegetarian options available)

Address: Santa Elena, 100 meters east from The Frog Pond, in front of the Shopping center, Monteverde, Puntarenas

§ 8:00 PM: After dinner, the group can enjoy the facilities (Pool and Jacuzzi)

§ 10:00 PM Return to hotel

§ Overnight: Monteverde (1) – Monteverde Country Lodge

Wifi included in rooms

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner
   

 

 

 

May 12, 2018   Monteverde: Clinic Visit & Cultural Visits
Saturday

 

  § 6:30AM-7:30 AM: Breakfast at hotel restaurant

§ 7:45AM: Meet in lobby

§ 7:50AM: Depart on private coach for clinic and cultural visits

§ 8:00AM: Clinic Visit: Visit at the clinic in Santa Elena

§ 10:00AM: Cultural Visit: Group walk through cloud rainforest and experience the hanging bridges (entrances included)

§ 12:30 PM: Lunch at Sabor Tico (one soft drink per person included; gluten free and vegetarian options available)

§ Address: 620, Monteverde Shopping Center, Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, Costa Rica

§    1:30PM: After lunch, depart for cultural visit

§ 2:00PM: Cultural Visit: Canopy tour (Zip line) – (entrances included)

§ 7:00PM: Group dinner at Monteverde Country Lodge restaurant (one soft drink per person included; gluten free and vegetarian options available)

§ Overnight: Monteverde (2) – Monteverde Country Lodge

Wifi included in rooms

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner
 
   
May 13, 2018   Monteverde: Shopping, Farewell Dinner & Transfer to San Jo
Sunday § 6:30AM-7:30 AM: Breakfast at hotel restaurant

§ 7:45AM: Meet in lobby. Check out of hotel and load bags on private coach

§ 8:00AM: Depart on private coach with Rainforest and Reef English speaking guide to San José (approximately 4 hours)

§ 10:00AM: Pick up box lunch at Café & Macadamia

Menu: 1 Sandwich or Salad, dessert and one soft drink

Address: Route 1, Sardinal, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

§ 12:30PM Transfer to downtown San José for shopping at artisanal market. Upon completion of shopping, transfer to hotel Park Inn by Radisson

§ 3:00PM: Upon arrival, hotel check-in

§ 5:30PM: Meet for group Farewell dinner – at first floor near lobby area (one soft drink per person included; gluten free and vegetarian options available)

Menu: Starter: Tropical salad with passion fruit dressing

Sides: Mashed sweet potato and tomato stuffed with vegetables

Main dishes: Baked fish and beef fajitas

Soft drink & Dessert

§ Overnight: San José– Park Inn by Radisson

Wi-Fi internet is included in rooms

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner 

 

May 14, 2018   San José: Depart for USA
Monday

 

Meals Included:
Breakfast

§ 4:15AM: Bagged Breakfast at hotel (next to reception desk)

§ 4:30AM: First transfer out. Check out of hotel and load bags on private coach

§ 9:45AM: Second transfer out. Check out of hotel and load bags on private coach

§ Flights depart to USA

 

END OF PROGRAM


 

PAST ITINERARIES


 

2017 Itinerary

Jan. 15, 2017   Depart USA / Arrive San Jose & Welcome Dinner
Sunday § Depart USA en-route to San Jose

§ Arrive at San Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose

§ Hotel check-in – earliest guaranteed check in is 3pm

§ 6:00PM: Meet at hotel restaurant – first floor near lobby area for group Welcome Dinner Evening (one non-alcoholic drink per person included)

§ Overnight: San Jose (1) – Park Inn by Radisson

§ Wi-Fi internet is included in rooms

Meals Included:
Per airlineDinner  
Jan. 16, 2017   San Jose: Hospital Visits
Monday

 

  § 6:30AM-7:30AM: Lecture and Breakfast at hotel main restaurant (first floor near lobby area).

§ 7:35AM: Meet in lobby

§ 7:40AM: Depart on full day private coach with English speaking guide for hospital visits within city limits (bottled water provided on coach)

§ 8:00AM: Hospital Visit: Visit/meeting at the Children’s Hospital or Calderon Guardia Hospital (to be defined, arranged by Rainforest and Reef)

§ 10:00AM: Government Official Visit: Visit/meet with Minister of Public Health (arranged by Rainforest and Reef)

§ 12:00PM: Lunch included at the hotel (where in the hotel-restaurant name) (one soft drink per person included)

§ 2:00PM: Hospital Visit: Visit/meeting at the Women’s Hospital (arranged by Rainforest and Reef)

§ 4:00AM: Meeting: Meet with Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez, Children’s Hospital former Director (to be confirmed, arranged by Rainforest and Reef)

§ 5:00PM: After visit, continue on city tour for sightseeing and visit to the crafts market.

§ 6:30PM: After the crafts market, proceed to the group dinner at Nuestra Tierra (one soft drink per person included)

§  Menu: To be defined

§  Address: 2nd Ave, in front of the Democracia Square, San Jose Province, Costa Rica

§ 8:00PM: After dinner, return to hotel

§ Overnight: San Jose (2) – Park Inn by Radisson

§  Wi-Fi internet is included in rooms

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner
Jan. 17, 2017   San Jose to Las Juntas & Alajuela Hospital
Tuesday

 

  § 6:00AM – 7:00AM: Breakfast at hotel main restaurant (first floor near lobby area)

§ 7:15AM: Check out of hotel and load bags on coach

§ 7:30AM: Depart on full day private coach with English speaking guide for cultural visit en-route to Las Juntas (bottled water provided on coach)

§ 9:00AM: Cultural Visit: Visit to Poas Volcano tour (entrances included)

§ 10:45PM: Cultural Visit: Coffee tour (entrances included) and lunch included at the coffee tour restaurant (one soft drink per person included).

§ 2:00PM: Hospital Visit: Group will visit to Alajuela or Heredia Hospital (to be defined, arranged by Rainforest and Reef)

§ 4:00PM: Following visits, transfer via coach to Las Juntas

§ 6:00PM: Arrive at hotel in Las Juntas and Hotel check-in

§ 7:00PM: Meet for group dinner at Pueblo Antiguo Hotel’s restaurant (down the hill, next to the pool – one soft drink per person included).

§ Overnight: Las Juntas (1) – Pueblo Antiguo

Meals Included:
Breakfast
LunchDinner 
 
Jan. 18, 2016   Las Juntas: Clinic Visit
Wednesday

 

§ 6:30AM-7:25AM: Breakfast at hotel restaurant

§ 7:40AM: Meet at parking lot

§ 7:45AM: Depart on full day private coach with English speaking guide for visits within city limits (bottled water provided on coach)

§ 8:00AM: Clinic Visit: Visit to the local clinic to learn about the work of ATAPs (Technical Assistants to Primary Care) and other preventative health labor performed at the local clinic (arranged by Rainforest and Reef) and service project.

§ 12:00PM: Transfer to Costa Pajaros / Playa Blanca for afternoon at the beach. Stop included at Los Mangos to pick up boxed lunch and allow time for students to change their clothes.

§ 1:30PM: Visit to Costa Pajaros / Playa Blanca

§ 4:30PM: Return transfer to hotel

§ 6:30PM: Meet for group dinner at hotel restaurant (one soft drink per person included)

§ Overnight: Las Juntas (2) – Pueblo Antiguo

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner
 
Jan. 19, 2017   Tilarán Clinic Visit & Transfer to Monteverde
Thursday

 

§ 6:00AM-6:55AM: Breakfast at hotel restaurant

§ 7:10AM: Check out of hotel and load bags on coach

§ 7:15AM: Depart on full day private coach with English speaking guide for hospital visit (bottled water provided on coach)

§ 8:30AM: Clinic Visit: Visit to the local clinic in Tilarán to continue to work with the ATAPs (arranged by Rainforest and Reef)

§ 12:15PM: After visit, transfer to group lunch at La Troja (one soft drink per person included)

§  Address: 142, Guanacaste Province, Tilarán, Costa Rica

§ 1:15PM: After lunch, possible service project. The group will begin transfer towards Monteverde

§ 3:15PM: Arrive at hotel in Monteverde and Hotel check-in

§ 3:30PM: Meet in lobby

§ 4:00PM: Cultural Visit: (Depend on the time of arriving): The Hummingbird Gallery and Cooperative of Artisans Santa Elena Monteverde (Shopping at the gift shop)

§ 6:45PM: Meet for group dinner at Monteverde Country Lodge restaurant (one soft drink per person included)

§ Overnight: Monteverde (1) – Monteverde Country Lodge

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner
   
Jan. 20, 2017   Monteverde: Clinic Visit & Cultural Visit
Friday

 

  § 8:15AM-9:15AM: Breakfast at hotel restaurant

§ 9:25AM: Meet in lobby

§ 9:30AM: Depart on full day private coach with English speaking guide for cultural and hospital visit (bottled water provided on coach)

§ 10:00AM: Cultural Visit: Walk through the rain forest and experience the hanging bridges (entrances included)

§  After visit, possibility for quick stop at the hotel to change clothes before lunch and clinic visits.

§ 12:30 PM: Group lunch included at Sabor Tico (one soft drink per person included)

§  Menu: Participants can choose from the menu

§  Address: 620, Monteverde Shopping Center, Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, Costa Rica

§ 1:30PM: After lunch, continue on to clinic visit

§ 1:40PM: Clinic Visit: Visit/meeting at the clinic in Santa Elena (arranged by Rainforest and Reef).

§ 3:00PM: After clinic visit transfer to Santa Elena town for shopping

§ 5:30PM: Upon completion of shopping, transfer to Country Lodge.

§ 6:30PM: Meet in lobby

§ 7:00PM: Transfer to group dinner at Poco a Poco restaurant (one soft drink per person included)

§  Address: Santa Elena, 100 meters east from The Frog Pond, in front of the Shopping center, Monteverde, Puntarenas

§ 10:00 PM Return transfer to hotel

§ Overnight: Monteverde (2) – Monteverde Country Lodge

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner
 
   
Jan. 21, 2017   Monteverde: Cultural Visit, Transfer to San Jose & Farewell Dinner
Saturday § 8:45AM-9:45AM: Breakfast at Monteverde Country Lodge Restaurant. Leave bags by coach.

§ 9:50AM: Check out of hotel

§ 10:00AM: Depart on full day private coach with English speaking guide for cultural visit and transfer to San Jose (bottled water provided on coach)

§ 10:30AM: Cultural Visit: Canopy tour (Zip line) – (entrances included)

§ 1:00PM: After canopy tour, group lunch included at Sabor Tico (one soft drink per person included)

§  Menu: Participants can choose from the menu

§  Address: 620, Monteverde Shopping Center, Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, Costa Rica

§ 2:00PM: After lunch, board coach for Intra-Program Coach transfer from Monteverde to San Jose (approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes)

§ 5:30PM: Upon arrival, hotel check-in

§ 6:30PM: Meet for group Farewell dinner at Garffiti Pool Lounge located at the third floor of the hotel, next to the pool (one non-alcoholic drink per person included)

§ Overnight: San Jose (1) – Park Inn by Radisson

§ Wi-Fi internet is included in rooms

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner  
Jan. 22, 2017   San Jose: Depart for USA
Sunday

 

Meals Included:
Breakfast

 

§ 6:00AM-10:00AM: Breakfast at hotel (first floor near lobby area).

§ Depart hotel via private coach and English speaking assistant to airport (bottled water provided on coach)

§ Flight departs for USA

END OF PROGRAM

 

Itinerary 2016 – HPA 499: HCS Costa Rica

Jan. 17, 2016   Depart USA / Arrive San Jose & Welcome Dinner
Sunday § Depart USA en-route to San Jose

§ 08:00 p.m.: Arrive at San Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose

§ 08:45 p.m.: Group is met after immigration and customs by private coach and English-speaking assistant for transfer to hotel (bottled water provided on coach)

§ Hotel check-in

§ 09:30 p.m.: Evening:

§ Overnight: San Jose (1) – Park Inn by Radisson

§ Wi-Fi internet is included in rooms

Meals Included:
Per airlineDinner  
     
Jan. 18, 2016   San Jose: Hospital Visits
Monday

 

  § 07:00 a.m.: Breakfast at hotel

§ 07:45 a.m.: Full day private coach and English speaking guide for hospital visits within city limits (bottled water provided on coach)

§ 08:00 a.m.: Hospital Visit: Visit/meeting at Hospital Clínica Biblica (arranged by Rainforest and Reef)

§  10:00 a.m.: Government Official Visit: Visit/meet with Minister of Public Health (arranged by Rainforest and Reef)

§ 12:00 p.m.: Lunch included at the hotel (one soft drink per person included)

§ 02:00 p.m.: Hospital Visit: Visit/meeting at the Women’s Hospital (arranged by Rainforest and Reef)

§ 3:30 p.m. After visit, continue on city tour for sight seeing and visit to the crafts market.

§  Possibility for quick stop at the hotel en route to change clothes before city tour

§ 07:00 p.m (immediately following city tour).: Dinner included at Nuestra Tierra (one soft drink per person included)

§  Menu to be provided on the day of

§ Overnight: San Jose (2) – Park Inn by Radisson

§ Wi-Fi internet is included in rooms

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner
     
Jan. 19, 2016   San Jose to Las Juntas & Alajuela Hospital
Tuesday

 

  § 07:00 a.m.: Deliver luggage at coach

§ 07:15 a.m.: Breakfast at hotel and hotel check-out

§ 08:00 a.m.: Full day private coach and English speaking guide for cultural visit en-route to Las Juntas (bottled water provided on coach)

§ 09:00 a.m.: Cultural Visit: Visit to Poas Volcano tour (entrances included)

§ 11:30 a.m.: Coffee tour (entrances included) and lunch included at the coffee tour restaurant (one soft drink per person included).

§ 02:00 p.m.: Hospital Visit:   group will visit to Heredia Hospital (arranged by Rainforest and Reef)

§ 03:30 p.m.: Following visits, transfer via coach to Las Juntas

§ 05:30 p.m.: Arrive at hotel in Las Juntas

§ 05:30 p.m.: Hotel check-in

§ 07:00 p.m.: Dinner included at hotel restaurant (one soft drink per person included).

§  Menu to be provided the day of

§ Overnight: Las Juntas (1) – Pueblo Antiguo

 

Meals Included:
Breakfast
LunchDinner 
   
Jan. 20, 2016   Las Juntas: Clinic Visit
Wednesday

 

§ 07:00 a.m.: Breakfast at hotel

§ 07:45 a.m.: Full day private coach and English speaking guide for hospital visit within city limits (bottled water provided on coach)

§  Note: Students must bring their beach clothes etc. on the coach in the morning, as they will transfer directly from the clinic visit to the beach

§ 08:00 a.m.: Clinic Visit: Visit to the local clinic to learn about the work of ATAPs (Technical Assistants to Primary Care) and other preventative health labor performed at the local clinic (arranged by Rainforest and Reef)

§ 12:00 p.m.: Transfer to Costa Pajaros / Playa Blanca for afternoon at the beach. Boxed lunch from Los Mangos included on coach.

§  Note: Stop will be made to pick up lunch on the way, and students may change their clothes in the restaurant bathrooms.

§ 04:30 p.m.: Return transfer to hotel

§ 07:00 p.m.: Dinner included at hotel restaurant (one soft drink per person included)

§  Menu to be provided the day of

§ Overnight: Las Juntas (2) – Pueblo Antiguo

 

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner
 
Jan. 21, 2016   Tilarán Clinic Visit & Transfer to Monteverde
Thursday

 

§ 06:00 a.m.: Deliver luggage at coach

§ 06:05 a.m.: Breakfast at hotel and hotel check-out

§ 06:30 a.m.: Full day private coach and English speaking guide for hospital visit and possible service project en-route to Tilarán (bottled water provided on coach)

§ 07:40 a.m.: Clinic Visit: Visit to the local clinic in Tilarán to continue to work with the ATAPs (arranged by Rainforest and Reef)

§ 12:30 p.m.: Lunch included at La Troja (one soft drink per person included)

§  Menu: Buffet Lunch

§ 01:30 p.m.: After lunch, group will begin transfer towards Monteverde

§ 03:00 p.m.: Arrive at hotel in Monteverde

§ 03:00 p.m.: Hotel check-in

§  03:30 p.m.: Possible Cultural Visit (Depend on the time of arriving): The Hummingbird Gallery and Cooperative of Artisans Santa Elena Monteverde (Shopping at the gift shop)

§ 07:00 p.m.: Dinner included at hotel restaurant (one soft drink per person included)

§  Menu: Buffet dinner.

§ Overnight: Monteverde (1) – Monteverde Country Lodge

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner
   
Jan. 22, 2016   Monteverde: Clinic Visit & Cultural Visit
Friday

 

  § 07:45 a.m.: Breakfast at hotel

§ 08:30 a.m.: Full day private coach and English speaking guide for cultural and hospital visit (bottled water provided on coach)

§ 08:45 a.m.: Cultural Visit: Walk through the rain forest and experience the hanging bridges (entrances included)

§  After visit, possibility for quick stop at the hotel to change clothes before lunch and clinic visits.

§ 11:50 a.m.: Lunch included at Sabor Tico (one soft drink per person included).

§  Menu to be provided the day of

§ 01:00 p.m.: Clinic Visit: Visit/meeting at the clinic in Santa Elena (arranged by Rainforest and Reef).

§ 02:15 p.m.: After visit,

§ 3:30 p.m. Transfer to hotel

§ 04:00 p.m.: Shopping time at Santa Elena town

§ 05:30 p.m.: Transfer to hotel to change clothes (or stay at Santa Elena and go directly to have dinner).

§ 07:00 p.m.: Dinner included at Poco a Poco restaurant (one soft drink per person included).

§  Note: Dress code: Semi-formal

§  Menu: To be provided the day of

§  After dinner, students are welcome to utilize the swimming pool and hot tub for swimming.

§ Return transfer to hotel

§ Overnight: Monteverde (2) – Monteverde Country Lodge

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner
 
     
Jan. 23, 2016   Monteverde: Cultural Visit, Transfer to San Jose & Farewell Dinner
Saturday § 07:45 a.m.: Deliver luggage at coach

§ 08:00 a.m.: Breakfast at hotel

§ 08:30 a.m.: Hotel check-out and load bags for coach transfer

§ 08:45 a.m.: Full day private coach and English speaking guide for cultural visit and transfer to San Jose (bottled water provided on coach)

§ 09:15 a.m.: Transfer to The Original Canopy Cultural Visit: Canopy tour (Zip line) – (entrances included)

§ 12:00 p.m.: Lunch included at Sabor Tico (one soft drink per person included).

§  Menu to be provided the day of

§ 01:30 p.m.: After lunch, group will begin transfer towards San Jose via private coach (bottled water provided on coach)

§ 01:30 p.m.: Intra-Program Coach: Monteverde to San Jose (approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes)

§ 06:00 p.m.: Upon arrival, hotel check-in

§ 06:30 p.m.: Farewell Dinner at hotel restaurant (one non-alcoholic drink per person included)

§ Overnight: San Jose (1) – Park Inn by Radisson

§ Wi-Fi internet is included in rooms

 

Meals Included:
BreakfastLunchDinner  
   
Jan. 24, 2016   San Jose: Depart for USA
Sunday

 

§ 04:30 a.m.: Bagged breakfast at hotel

§ Check out hotel and load bags on coach

§ 04:40 a.m.: Transfer via private coach and English speaking assistant to airport (bottled water provided on coach)

§ 8:00 a.m.: Flight departs for USA

 

2014 Itinerary

DAY 1. Sunday, November 30th, 2014. Following arrival at Juan Santa Maria International Airport, outside of San José, students will be met and transferred to hotel. Following dinner, there will be a general orientation session regarding Costa Rica. Overnight in Heredia (near San José). Country Inn and Suites by Carlson. Dinner provided.

DAY 2. Monday, December 1st, 2014. Early this morning after breakfast we will visit the Children’s hospital. Once there we will tour the facilities and have a meeting with one of the doctors who works on this famous health care center, known for being one of the best on its class in Latin America. Following lunch we will visit the Public Women Hospital, to have a tour on the Gynecology and obstetrics Service. At this hospital, the group will meet a gynecologist who will tour us around the facilities and share their experiences. After that, we will go to our Hotel, and receive one functionary of Ministry of Health of Costa Rica, who will give us a little talk of how the Ministry of Public Health works and what is its role on the Costa Rican health care system. Overnight in Country Inn and Suites by Carlson. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.
Day 3. Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014. After an early breakfast we will depart to Alajuela for famous Poás Volcano. Poás is known for having one of the largest craters of any active volcano on earth. While here, we will also have a chance to hike in a very unique high altitude rainforest near the volcano. After this, we will travel to Doka Estate coffee farm and make a tour, where we will learn the whole production process as well as the processing of coffee, the harvesting, the processing plant and the roasting of the grain. After lunch, we will visit the Public Hospital of Alajuela, to have a tour on their facilities. At this hospital, the group will meet with one of the administrators, who will talk about the work, projects that this Hospital has implemented to become one of the best in the country, and share some experiences with us; then, we will continue our journey to Las Juntas, Guanacaste. Overnight at Pueblo Antiguo. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 4. Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014. This day we will join the local health workers “ATAP” (in English TAPC: Technical Assistant of Primary Care) of the Abangares Clinic. We will break into groups to visit houses with the health workers. At the end of the day, we will go on-site clinic. When we return from home visits, some of the personnel will give us a tour through the facilities of the clinic. After finishing our day of work at Las Juntas, we will say goodbye and travel to Tilarán, Overnight at Hotel Guadalupe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 5. Thursday, December 4th, 2014. Following breakfast, we will go to the Tilarán Clinic and join their ATAPs to visit houses again. After lunch we will continue the work with the ATAPs. Overnight at Hotel Guadalupe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 6. Friday, December 5th, 2014. This morning after breakfast, we will travel to Monteverde, on the way; we will stop to collaborate with a local service entity to donate implements for a service project. When we get to Monteverde, we will meet the director of the little local clinic of Santa Elena. He will give us a tour of their facilities and he will speak about the challenges they face every day working as doctors in a remote area. Following lunch, the group will be transferred to the Canopy Tour, The Monteverde Original Canopy Tour consist of 15 Zip line cables and 18 platforms. In this tour the visitors use safety harnesses made of the best climbing gear available, this experience will allow the participants to enjoy the cloud forest from a different perspective. Overnight at Country Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 7. Saturday, December 6, 2014. This morning we will go on a suspension bridge hike in the rain forest, we will also visit a hummingbird gallery. After a late lunch we will drive back to San Jose, and overnight in Heredia (near San José). Country Inn and Suites by Carlson. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 8. Sunday, December 7, 2014. Transfer out and departure.

The in-country cost to students is $1,994. This includes all in-country transportation, food and lodging. There is an additional Program Fee of $315. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SJO airport, food in the airport and the country exit tax. Scholarship funding is available at the Penn State Global Programs website (http://gpglobalea.gp.psu.edu). Many students may qualify for the PA Commonwealth EA Application.

Interviews will be conducted and spots on the trip awarded on a space available basis as soon as applications and the $250 trip deposit are received. All applicants must supply references. Applications will be accepted beginning March 3rd. The final deadline for applications is March 31st. Please make checks payable to The Pennsylvania State University and put Costa Rica HPA 401 deposit and your last name in the memo line.


 

2014 Itinerary

DAY 1. Sunday, November 30th, 2014. Following arrival at Juan Santa Maria International Airport, outside of San José, students will be met and transferred to hotel. Following dinner, there will be a general orientation session regarding Costa Rica. Overnight in Heredia (near San José). Country Inn and Suites by Carlson. Dinner provided.

DAY 2. Monday, December 1st, 2014. Early this morning after breakfast we will visit the Children’s hospital. Once there we will tour the facilities and have a meeting with one of the doctors who works on this famous health care center, known for being one of the best on its class in Latin America. Following lunch we will visit the Public Women Hospital, to have a tour on the Gynecology and obstetrics Service. At this hospital, the group will meet a gynecologist who will tour us around the facilities and share their experiences. After that, we will go to our Hotel, and receive one functionary of Ministry of Health of Costa Rica, who will give us a little talk of how the Ministry of Public Health works and what is its role on the Costa Rican health care system. Overnight in Country Inn and Suites by Carlson. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.
Day 3. Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014. After an early breakfast we will depart to Alajuela for famous Poás Volcano. Poás is known for having one of the largest craters of any active volcano on earth. While here, we will also have a chance to hike in a very unique high altitude rainforest near the volcano. After this, we will travel to Doka Estate coffee farm and make a tour, where we will learn the whole production process as well as the processing of coffee, the harvesting, the processing plant and the roasting of the grain. After lunch, we will visit the Public Hospital of Alajuela, to have a tour on their facilities. At this hospital, the group will meet with one of the administrators, who will talk about the work, projects that this Hospital has implemented to become one of the best in the country, and share some experiences with us; then, we will continue our journey to Las Juntas, Guanacaste. Overnight at Pueblo Antiguo. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 4. Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014. This day we will join the local health workers “ATAP” (in English TAPC: Technical Assistant of Primary Care) of the Abangares Clinic. We will break into groups to visit houses with the health workers. At the end of the day, we will go on-site clinic. When we return from home visits, some of the personnel will give us a tour through the facilities of the clinic. After finishing our day of work at Las Juntas, we will say goodbye and travel to Tilarán, Overnight at Hotel Guadalupe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 5. Thursday, December 4th, 2014. Following breakfast, we will go to the Tilarán Clinic and join their ATAPs to visit houses again. After lunch we will continue the work with the ATAPs. Overnight at Hotel Guadalupe. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 6. Friday, December 5th, 2014. This morning after breakfast, we will travel to Monteverde, on the way; we will stop to collaborate with a local service entity to donate implements for a service project. When we get to Monteverde, we will meet the director of the little local clinic of Santa Elena. He will give us a tour of their facilities and he will speak about the challenges they face every day working as doctors in a remote area. Following lunch, the group will be transferred to the Canopy Tour, The Monteverde Original Canopy Tour consist of 15 Zip line cables and 18 platforms. In this tour the visitors use safety harnesses made of the best climbing gear available, this experience will allow the participants to enjoy the cloud forest from a different perspective. Overnight at Country Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 7. Saturday, December 6, 2014. This morning we will go on a suspension bridge hike in the rain forest, we will also visit a hummingbird gallery. After a late lunch we will drive back to San Jose, and overnight in Heredia (near San José). Country Inn and Suites by Carlson. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 8. Sunday, December 7, 2014. Transfer out and departure.

The in-country cost to students is $1,994. This includes all in-country transportation, food and lodging. There is an additional Program Fee of $315. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SJO airport, food in the airport and the country exit tax. Scholarship funding is available at the Penn State Global Programs website (http://gpglobalea.gp.psu.edu). Many students may qualify for the PA Commonwealth EA Application.

Interviews will be conducted and spots on the trip awarded on a space available basis as soon as applications and the $250 trip deposit are received. All applicants must supply references. Applications will be accepted beginning March 3rd. The final deadline for applications is March 31st. Please make checks payable to The Pennsylvania State University and put Costa Rica HPA 401 deposit and your last name in the memo line.


 

2013 Itinerary

Day 1 – Sunday, Dec. 1.  Following arrival at San Juan Santamaria (SJO) International Airport, students will travel directly to the San Jose’s Country Inn and Suites. Students will be met by their host, Celeste Newcomb, at the hotel. Dinner will be provided. After there will be a general orientation session regarding Costa Rica. Overnight in San Jose.

Day 2 – Monday, Dec. 2.  Early this morning following breakfast, we will visit and meet the Minister of Public Health. Two other meetings are also scheduled at the Women’s Hospital and at the Children’s Hospital, respectively. Overnight again in San Jose (Country Inn & Suites).

Day 3 – Tuesday, Dec. 3.  After breakfast, we will travel to Las Juntas. On the way, we will visit the Poas Volcano and do a coffee tour. We will be staying overnight at the Heliconias Hotel in Las Juntas.

Day 4 – Wednesday, Dec. 4.  We will visit the local clinic in Las Juntas in order to learn about the work of ATAPs (Technical Assistants to Primary Care) and other preventive health labor performed here at the local clinic. Overnight in Las Juntas.

Day 5 – Thursday, Dec. 5.  Following breakfast, we will continue to work in the local clinic with the ATAPs. After lunch, we will travel to Monteverde. On the way, we will be stopping to do a service project with a local service entity. Overnight in Monteverde Country Lodge.

Day 6 – Friday, Dec. 6.  In the morning, we will visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest. In the afternoon, we will visit the clinic in Santa Elena. Overnight again in the Monteverde Country Lodge.

Day 7 – Saturday, Dec. 7.  For our last full day, we will do a canopy walk through the rain forest and experience the hanging bridges in the morning. After lunch, we will head back to San Jose for a farewell dinner. Overnight in the San Jose Country Inn & Suites.

Day 8 – Sunday, Dec. 8.  Transfer out and fly home.

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