Costa Rica Soccer Tour

Trip Length: 10 days
Dates: Available year-round
Group Size: 11 -22
Student Ages: 14-22
Program Fee:  $2,685 + airfare

Bring your your high school, college or club soccer team to Costa Rica! Our Costa Rica Soccer Tour lets you test your game against local players in one of the most soccer-crazed nations in the world. We match you up against players of the same age and level. The local style of play is fast, physical and technical. Play at least 4 games against Costa Rican players. Meet professional players and tour their stadiums.

Away from the soccer pitch, our Trip Leaders will take on tours to rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes, markets, beaches, & zip lining. A homestay with a Costa Rican family will give you an insider’s view of the culture and the chance to practice even more Spanish. Available Year-Round. You choose the dates.

Soccer Highlights

  • 4 soccer games against local teams
  • Training with a professional coach
  • Meet a local professional team
  • Attend a professional game
  • Tour the National Stadium
  • Conducting a soccer clinic for local children

Adventure Highlights

  • Ziplining, waterfall hike & swim, hot springs
  • Rafting, volcano, catamaran, surfing lesson
  • Community Service Hours: 8 hours
  • Waterfalls hike & swim
  • Practicing Spanish with locals
  • Homestay with a Costa Rican family

Itinerary

Day 1: Departure Flight
> Fly from Newark NJ to Costa Rica (SJO)
> Orientation
> San Jose city tour
> Soccer training

Days 2-3: San Jose
> Soccer game
> Volcano excursion
> Volunteer at soup kitchen
> Clinic & training with pro coach
> Travel to Manuel Antonio

Days 4-5: Manuel Antonio
> Beach fun
> Rainforest hike
> Waterfall swim
> Ziplining in rainforest
> Catamaran boat ride
> Travel to San Jose

Days 6: San Jose
> Visit Club Heredia
> Play soccer game
> Conduct soccer clinic for kids
> Travel to Pacuare River

Day 7: Pacuare & Limon
> Pacuare River rafting
> Travel to Limon
> Afro-Caribbean lecture
> Relax at beach in Limon

Day 8: Limon
> Soccer game
> Juan Gobán Stadium tour
> Travel to San Jose

Day 9: San Jose
> National Stadium tour
> Soccer game
> Volunteer at food bank
> Shopping
> Program wrap-up

Day 10: Departure Flight Home

Included in Program Fee

  • Two professional, bilingual guides on call 24-hours
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily Private transportation
  • All soccer arrangements
  • All adventure excursions
  • Community Service
  • 2 nights: Costa Rican host family
  • 7 nights: hotel rooms at 3-star hotels
  • Trip Director from the US
  • Water & ice for practice & matches
  • Laundry for uniforms
  • Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Airport Transfers in Costa Rica
  • EWE Tours t-shirt & bag

Not Included: flights, vaccinations, Covid tests

FAQ

Entry Requirements
See our Entry Requirements page.

Travel

Flights: Our US Tour Director will travel with your group on a direct flight from Newark NJ (EWR) to Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose (SJO). We will coordinate the flight date/time with your group leader(s). Ground travel in Costa Rica is by private buses operated by our local partners. There are no internal flights.

Accommodations
Hotels: Most nights, students will stay at hotels. Rooms are 2-3 students of the same gender per room. Shared bathrooms with hot water. Homestays: Students will stay a few nights with carefully hand-picked Costa Rican families. Students stay with at least one more student of the same gender per house.

Food
Meals will be mostly traditional local meals, with occasional fast food visits. A typical breakfast is “Gallo Pinto” which is rice and beans, plus cereal, bread, eggs, plantains, pancakes, and fruit. Lunches and dinners will have combinations of rice, beans, vegetables, green salads, chicken, beef, pasta, stir-fries, potatoes, and tacos. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets are easily accommodated.

Water
Tap water is safe to drink. We will also provide bottled water daily.

Dress Code
We ask that you please be respectful and follow Costa Rican customs on dress: neat, clean, and modest.

WIFI & Cell Phones
We encourage students to (mostly) disconnect in order to fully immerse themselves and get the most out of the trip. However all of our accommodations have WIFI. Most cell phone carriers have roaming plans if desired. Cell phone coverage is quite good in Costa Rica.

Emergencies
Parents will have our 24/7 emergency number and will also receive updates from our staff while your child is in Costa Rica. Our trip leaders in Costa Rica are available 24/7 for any illnesses or injuries. There are hospitals / clinics in all of our program areas.

Weather
From June-August expect hot and humid days (80-90 F), cool nights, and occasional rain showers.

Laundry
Laundry for your uniforms is included in your program fee and will be taken care of by our staff. You will have the opportunity to do your laundry 1-2 times at a cost of $7-$12 per load.

Spanish Language
Our trip leaders are bilingual in Spanish and English. You do not need to be able to Speak Spanish for this program. However we certainly encourage you to practice with locals as much as you can.

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