Costa Rica’s number one volunteer tour operator, Tropical Adventures, organizes a series of special projects over the holidays that allow guests to both enjoy fun activities and contribute to the local youth and adults. It offers two nine-day adventures that combine volunteering with fun activities. The first on Dec. 19-27, 2009 includes guests hosting holiday parties at a beach town, a retirement home and an indigenous community. It also features a rafting trip on the Pacuare River, a waterfall tour into Panama and a canopy zip line experience.

The second trip, Dec. 26, 2009 - Jan. 3, 2010 involves four days running a summer camp for kids. It will be summer in Costa Rica and the children will be out of school. The camp will offer arts and crafts, sports and games, environmental education and lunch. The waterfall and zip line excursions are also included.

The trips include transportation, lodging (including with a host family and on an indigenous reservation), all activities mentioned and nearly all meals. The price is $1595 per adult double and $985 for children 12 and under. Guests may also opt to combine both trips into a 16-day sojourn, which offers a 20% discount from the combined prices. Adults would be $2552 and children $1576.

The company provides orientation and training, in-country support, meals & accommodations, medical insurance and activity planning assistance. For more information about their programs, contact Tropical Adventures at 800-832-9419 or log on to the web at


Source: Adventure Travel Media Source

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