Service Scholars Homebuilding Project

Costa Rica

Service Scholars

Travel around the world on a service adventure trip designed for students in middle and high school. The Service Scholars program will provide travelers with the opportunities to travel abroad, serve others in need, and lay a foundation of service and leadership for their futures and beyond.

Building Bridges & Changing Lives

Homebuilding Project, Costa Rica

Rainforest Night Hike

Leaf Cutter Project, Costa Rica

Outdoor Research

Leaf Cutter Project, Montana

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Homebuilding Project, Dominican Republic

Program
Destinations

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Sample Itinerary

Travel to Manjacaze, Mozambique where will be spending two weeks serving with the Mozaic Trust. Your days will be filled with a variety of opportunities like working alongside the Mozaic Trust team, getting to know the community, eating dinner with families, building a playground, playing sports with the locals, and spending time in the local markets. You will end our time in Africa with a nighttime and day safari before heading back to the United States.

 

Day 1 and 2: Travel Days

  • Fly around the world and arrive in Africa

Day 3 Travel and transfer to Mozaic Trust:

  • Flight from Ethiopia to Maputo, Mozambique, transfer to Mozaic Trust Headquarters for evening meal with the Mozaic Trust Leadership.

Day 4 Orientation to the Community:

  • Spend the day getting to know the community and families you will be working with over the next seven days.
  • Activities could include soccer, meals with the families, visits to the local markets, and other culture exchange activities.

Day 5 – 12 Service Projects:

  • Days include service work alongside local partners (i.e. building playgrounds, infrastructures, assisting in schools), and evenings include meals with the families and other culture exchange activities.

TBD Beach Day:

  • Early departure for one of Mozambique’s beautiful beaches.

Day 13 High Adventure:

  • Morning/Afternoon early departure for Kruger National Park with scenic stops along the way. In the evening check into hotel outside of Kruger National Park and take a guided safari night drive.

Day 14 Safari & Wildlife Drive:

  • Morning/Afternoon all day animal drive and wildlife safari in Kruger National Park! In the evening return to hotel or overnight in Maputo, Mozambique.

Day 15 and 16 Return Home:

  • Morning/Afternoon transfer to Maputo Airport for your afternoon flight home.

The sound of hammers, the mixing of cement by hand, dipping brushes into buckets of paint, carrying sheets of plywood, and digging with shovels – all so meaningful when you are helping to build a home for family in need of suitable shelter. You and your peers will build this home from foundation to a ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony and moving the family in to their new home. This unique cultural experience is augmented with a guided hike through the jungle, cultural exchange with Costa Rican high school students and a visit to a family subsistence farm.

 

Day 1: Arrival in Costa Rica

  • Morning:  Depart for San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Afternoon:  Travel to Costa Rica
  • Evening:  Introduction to your in-country coordinator and brief orientation

Day 2: Orientation & Begin Homebuilding

  • Morning:  Travel to Rio Frio and the homebuilding site
  • Afternoon:  Meet the family and learn about the homebuilding process and site safety
  • Evening:  Evening discussion, debrief, and downtime

Day 3: Homebuilding

  • Morning:  Early departure to the home building site
  • Afternoon:  Continue the homebuilding work
  • Evening:  Evening discussion, debrief, and downtime

Day 4: Homebuilding & Home Dedication

  • Morning:  Early departure to the home building site
  • Afternoon:  Dedicate the home, and then zip-lining through the rainforest canopy
  • Evening:  Evening discussion, debrief, and downtime

Day 5: Cultural Exchange & Sustainable Farm

  • Morning:  Meet the students of the Leaf Cutter Project and learn about the work they are doing to improve their community
  • Afternoon:  Lunch and Tour at Aura’s Farm – one family’s approach to sustainable living
  • Evening:  Evening discussion, debrief, and downtime

Day 6: Depart for the Pacific Side & Beach

  • Morning:  Early departure to the beach
  • Afternoon:  Continue the homebuilding work
  • Evening:  Evening discussion, debrief, and downtime

Day 7: Day at the Beach

  • Morning:  Relax on the beach
  • Afternoon:  Explore the area around Playa Bejuco
  • Evening:  Evening discussion, debrief, and downtime

Day 8: Return to Alajuela & Final Celebration

  • Morning:  Return to Alajuela near San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Afternoon:   Late afternoon arrival into Alajuela
  • Evening:  Final debrief and celebration

Day 9: Departure

  • Morning:  Early departure from San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Afternoon:  Travel home
  • Evening:  Late arrival

Service Scholars: Past, Present, Future

Posted July 11 2017

Go on a high school service trip and experience greatness. Read about what it’s like on tour and how to get signed up for next year!

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Resources

Grow with Global. As former classroom teachers, now group travel experts, we create and collect helpful resources to make your service trip a safe success. Below is a sample of resources at your disposal – simply contact us or login for access.

  • Worksite Safety
  • Homebuilding Recipient Information
  • Fundraising Packet
  • Travel Grants and Scholarship Information
  • Share Your Trip Journal
  • Online Enrollment Instructions
  • Promote Your Trip
  • Considering Student Travel
  • Why Global Travel Alliance
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