All in-country expenses are included in the program fee while on the program. This includes hotel accommodations, in-country transportation, three meals a day, on-program health insurance, educational materials and lectures, adventure excursions, facility access and tours, cultural activities, T-shirt, access into EartH2O alumni network, and post-program Alumni benefits. For a complete list of what is included in each program, visit our Programs page under the tab “What’s Included”
Airfare, souvenirs or additional snacks, additional meals, or alcoholic beverages are not included in the program fees. If you miss your flight or your flight is canceled you will also be responsible for the cost of transportation to connect with the group.
The course will be presented in English. Therefore, a proficiency in Spanish is not a requirement. That said, we strongly encourage students to take the opportunity to learn and practice speaking as much as possible before and during the program.
Securing Your Spot & Payment
In order to secure your spot you must place your non-refundable deposit or make full payment. Registration is rolling and spots are reserved on a first come first serve basis.
We cannot secure your spot on the program without a deposit. Registration is rolling and program space is extremely limited.
You can pay via credit card or e-check via www.Paypal.com.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. We do not accept American Express.
If I am not paying my program fee in full when securing my spot, how should I make my Second and Final Payment?
Your Second Payment is made online prompted by a friendly email reminder by us. Your Final payment can paid like your Second payment or the day you arrive here in Costa Rica. This is determined by the payment option you choose.
We can divide your balance into 2 payments or 3 payments after the initial non-refundable deposit via Paypal.com. The final payment can be made the day you arrive here in Costa Rica if you select the 3 payments option. Otherwise, your Final Payment will be made in in the same manner as the Second Payment. If your university or an external source is funding your experience please notify your Personal Representative and we can adjust payment dates for certain circumstances to insure your spot is not forfeited.
Please refer to our Payment Policy
Funding Your Trip
We offer an Ambassador Scholarship Program (ASP) for selected applicants. Please request a conversation with a Personal Representative if scholarships are available for your program. Due to demand of the program scholarship funds are extremely limited and may or may not be available for your specific program.
We offer great group rates. We will reduce the program fee by $100 for each additional person added to your group. For example, if you come with two friends you all would have $200 combined savings.
All Group Rate discounts or Scholarships are applied to the final payment or full payment. If there is special need your deposit can be lowered to accommodate your circumstances. Contact a Personal Representative and inquire.
We encourage students to seek funding opportunities available within their range of eligibility. The best place to start is with your adviser or department head. Be sure to explain the value of the program and how the program will benefit your educational, professional, and personal goals. Your Personal Representative can help guide you with this process and is more than willing to speak with any faculty or staff if required.
For some programs you will automatically receive a credit bearing transcript from our partner University. We’re able to guide students towards obtaining credit for other programs. We might be able to advise you who to speak with at your university to assure that you’ll receive credit. We can also provide you supplemental materials such as a syllabus, program package, or a previous student capstone project to help you validate your time in the case that your University does not typically accept transfer credits. Reach out to your Personal Representative to start the discussion regarding obtaining credit.
The flight cost is not included in the program fee. SERVED is not responsible for purchasing your flight or reserving a flight that aligns with the mandated pickup and departure times. Your Personal Representative can help you with finding the most affordable flight that aligns with the mandated arrival and departure times.
Please refer to the Accepted Students Portal as arrival and departure times for each program vary. You must have already received an acceptance letter to gain access to the Accepted Students Portal.
Once you arrive in country our team will be waiting for you outside of the baggage claim. We will be wearing GREEN Energy or BLUE Everything Waters Shirts. Make sure to look out for our team and other students. As reassurance to you, we have never lost or missed a student during pickup.
If you are arriving early you will be provided specific instructions via email on how to rendezvous with the group. It will be your responsibility to notify your personal representative or GREEN’s Global Operations Director (info@EartH2O.cr) that you are arriving early and where you will be staying. It will also be your responsibility to rendezvous with the group at the agreed time and location on the day your program begins.
If you are arriving late you will receive specific instructions via email on how to rendezvous with the group. It will be your responsibility to notify your personal representative or SERVED’s Global Operations Director (info@EartH2O.cr) that you are arriving late.
If you are staying in the country after the program end date SERVED is not responsible for post-program logistics.
We hope you do not cut your stay with us short, but if you are departing the program early our team will help you get to the airport. At this point, your program fee cannot be refundable and you will be responsible for the cost of transportation in the case you have to leave early. It will be your responsibility to notify your personal representative or GREEN’s Global Operations Director that you are departing the program early.
If you are arriving late due to a canceled flight, change in flight schedule or missed flight, do not panic. You will be responsible for contacting SERVED and updating us on your travel status. Please call SERVED collect 506 2695 5050 in Costa Rica and email our Global Operations Director (info@EartH2O.cr) in the case your flight was canceled, rescheduled, or missed. You will then receive specific instructions via email or telephone as to how to rendezvous with your group. This is a common occurrence and all staff are well trained in the procedure for a canceled or missed flight.
YES a passport is required with a minimum of 6 months of remaining time, before its expiration date. Non EU CAN and USA students may possibly also need a VISA to legally enter and exit Costa Rica. It is your responsibility to understand these requirements to the fullest extent before attending the program and to be able to present the required documents upon entering and or exiting the country your program is taking place in. Your personal representative can help guide you based off of past experience with Passport and Visa requirements, but is not an expert on the document requirements for you to lawfully enter and or exit the country your program is taking place in. SERVED is not held responsible for any costs incurred in the case you cannot enter and or exit the country. This is especially important for international students studying in the US or Canada and permanent residents of the US and Canada who are not citizens.
Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in the Americas with a low crime rate and generally crime is only petty in nature, and to simply watch one’s valuables is all that is needed for prevention.
Program sizes fluctuate, but most programs are 15 to 20 students. Sometimes we run two programs at the same time.
You will not have a chance to meet or talk with participants ahead of the program. However if a participant is on the same flight or attends the same university as you, you will have the option to contact the participant prior to the program.
Yes! We encourage this and are more than happy to put you in touch with an Alumni from your university. Please join our Facebook Page to be connected with students who participated on past Programs
The program’s itinerary is centralized in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
You can view a Sample Itinerary on our site. Specific program itineraries are subject to change and are heavily based on weather conditions. Every night you will be briefed for the next day’s schedule.
We cannot provide a day-to-day itinerary for your specific program as program itineraries are subject to change and are heavily based on weather conditions. You can view a Sample Itinerary on our site. Your emergency contact will be provided a list of in-country and domestic program contacts in the case of an emergency.
There are generally three to five different hotel locations for the program. You will be staying in three star or more hotels. Every student will be provided with their own bed and have one to three (same sex) roommates. On the first day of the program students will have the opportunity to have input on preferred roommates. View accommodations here.
This varies for every student. We suggest you bring a few hundred dollars with for snacks, drinks, and souvenirs you may want to purchase. Most students bring $200.
You will have the opportunity to exchange currency upon arriving. Do not do so at the airport or in the departure country, simply bring some $10′s. We highly recommend you inform your credit and debit card provider of upcoming travels.