Costa Rica (Arenal Hanging Bridges Ecological reserve)
Students on beach | Cole-Hutson

What can Costa Rica offer my geography students?

Published: 15th November 2017 

Sometimes daydreaming is good. It can lead to idyllic thoughts or even visionary ideas just waiting to become a reality. While we want students to be engaged in their learning at all times, there may be occasions where the mind wanders. Hearing ‘Costa Rica’ as the next destination for your school’s next trip may create hysteria; however, beyond the picturesque images of sandy beaches and tropical forests environments there is a world of sustainability initiatives and efforts towards environmental protection ready to be explored by your geography students. 

For some teachers, Costa Rica may not have previously been a consideration. Ask the question ‘what can Costa Rica offer my geography students’ and the reasons why this destination may offer more than you imagine may become clearer. Here, we look to help you along your way with an insight into the country, what to expect and the view of a teacher who has been there, done that, and likely to have picked up a souvenir along the way. 

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano 

Head into Costa Rica’s lowlands and allow your students to discover the dominating Arenal Volcano. Once Costa Rica’s most active volcano, the area provides the ideal opportunity to open a study on how nature’s power can be harnessed. Providing hydroelectric energy and acting as an important source of irrigation for agriculture, Arenal Volcano holds a prominent place within Costa Rica and its fertile land. 

Turtle | Ray-Hennessy

Turtle Conservation Project

Working hard to protect the Leatherback Sea Turtle from extinction, the conservation project allows students to enjoy a hands-on experience that make a difference. Working with a local team of volunteers in the bid to support the sustainability and balance of the ocean creature, students have the unique opportunity to discover more about the efforts along the Gandoca Coast and learn more about the turtles’ national habitat. 

Travelbound customer testimonial

I would like to make it very clear that it was an absolutely outstanding and amazing trip and generally very good value for money! The local guide and the driver did an outstanding job and I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to them via Travelbound. The group and I had such a fantastic experience of their country and brought away a great deal from it. The itinerary was very well rounded and gave us a good sense of the country and all it has to offer. Thank you so much for all your help and to Rachel for suggesting Costa Rica. An amazing trip!

King’s School, Rochester

Aisha Gaier



Taking your students to Costa Rica will introduce them to a completely new country and culture. Take part in working on a hands–on Turtle Conservation project, as well as visiting the hot springs heated by the local active Volcanoes. There are also opportunities to take your group through the beautiful rainforest canopy as well as enjoying activities at the local beaches.

Aisha Gaier, Central American Specialist