Costa Rica Travel Study

10th Annual Journey to Ecologically Diverse Costa Rica 

Tyler Junior College is offering a ten-day service project in Costa Rica. The Project Goals:

  • To actively participate in numerous outdoor service projects
  • To meet the happiest people in the world
  • To experience, understand and appreciate the cultural heritage of Costa Rica
  • To engage in physical activities including hiking, biking, running, snorkeling, and surfing
  • To explore a variety of natural environments in Costa Rica
  • To engage in scientific investigations, including both botanical or agroforestry-centered and animal-focused projects
  • To compare/contrast environmental and economic development policies in Costa Rica and US
  • To explore many National Parks and enjoy the rainforest

Flyer costa rica students tour outside 1

Join us to develop your own respect for the history and beauty of Costa Rica.

What: Community service project in Costa Rica
When: May 14-May 23, 2018
Who: All TJC students are eligible
Cost: $2,390 per person


  • Two Meals a Day
  • Entrance Fees
  • Land Transportation within Costa Rica and USA, Hotel Transfers
  • Administration Fees and Orientation costs.


  • May 14 – Leave Tyler early (+- 3:30 a.m.) for transfer to Dallas Love Field via SWA Arrive Liberia, Costa Rica 2 p.m.; transfer to hotel; settle in; group dinner in Liberia
  • May 15 – Breakfast at hotel 6:45-7 a.m. Board bus for work sites (Quebrada Grande, San Antonio and Las Lilas) at 7:45 a.m. Spend full day at various project sites
  • May 16 – Repeat above schedule. Full day at service sites with horseback riding, despedida dinner
  • May 17 – Board bus at 7:45 a.m. for adventures in Guanacaste – ziplines, Palo Verde River tour w/lunch
  • May 18 – Board bus at 7:45 a.m. for Hanging Bridges, Lago Arenal and overnight stay at thermal baths at Tabacon
  • May 19 – Tabacon to Monteverde Lodge via ferry and mini-bus
  • May 20 – Depart Monteverde. Arrive Playa Flamingo Hotel (or Playa Conchal)
  • May 21 – Flamingo Hotel – side trips to Tamarindo, Guaitil Pottery Town, etc.
  • May 22 – Leave beaches for Liberia hotel
  • May 23 – Leave Liberia for return trip to Dallas


$1,000 will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • An essay of no less than 2 pages (4 copies) that
  1. describe your educational goals, and
  2. how those goals blend with the 3 promises of Tyler Junior College:
    1. a Quality Education,
    2. a Vibrant Student Life,
    3. and Community Service.
  • An official transcript from the registrar (4 copies)
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a teacher (4 copies)
  • With cover page (Name, address, telephone) entitling the packet. (4 copies)
  • Submission deadline, January 29, 2017
  • Recipients will be chosen by committee and notified by February 5, 2017
  • Submit essays to Professor John Hays, Department Chair, Foreign Languages


  • $100 non-refundable deposit due at the time of application
  • Full payment due by February 15, 2018

Payment may be made by check or credit card. Make checks payable to Tyler Junior College. 


  • Health, accident, baggage, and trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended and is available from any travel agent.