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Welcome Program

One of the best ways to become acquainted with Costa Rica is to experience the ISLS Welcome to Costa Rica Program.

Welcome to Costa Rica!

The Welcome Program is a 4 day, 3 night program designed for anyone interested in learning about Costa Rica. It is based in San Jose, and consists of:

  • Airport pick up
  • 3 night accommodations
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Friday tour (Tour of the central valley and surrounding area)
  • Saturday tour (Whitewater rafting or a Turtle Island day Cruise)
  • Farewell Brunch
  • Valuable travel advice
  • An opportunity to meet new friends
  • Public bus ticket or private shuttle to your school

The Welcome Program offers you accommodations in the ISLS Student Guesthouse, in a shared room. If you are interested in a private room, please let us know.

The Welcome Program Itinerary

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Airport Pickup Hightlights Tour Whitewater Rafting Fruit & Pastry Brunch
Welcome Dinner --OR-- Program Wrap-Up
    Turtle Island Cruise  

The Purpose of the Program

We have found that students who have arrived early for the Welcome Program have an easier time adjusting to their host families, and they make better use of their first few days of classes. They also tend to get more out of their entire program as they don’t have to waste time figuring out how things work on their own. The same is true for travelers who are not attending one of our Spanish language programs.

Our program acts like a buffer for students and travelers, and is intended to make your first few days in Costa Rica relaxing and enjoyable. It is a fun and inexpensive way to get to know the country and its people.


The cost of the program with shared lodging at the ISLS Student Guesthouse starts at $370 and goes all the way up to as much as $455. The final cost depends upon your Saturday tour choice and your final school destination. The Friday tour is included in the price and is the same no matter which you choose. To find out specific prices, please contact us for more information.


The Welcome to Costa Rica Program is very entertaining! We guarantee you will not be disappointed!

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