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SEPROJOVEN

Protecting human rights through soccer

Costa Rica

PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS WITH SEPROJOVEN

Costa Rica is a land of stunning natural beauty that is home to cascading waterfalls, mist-covered volcanoes and jungle-fringed, deserted beaches. It is easy to see why this Central American nation is the birthplace of pura vida – the pure life.

But away from the tourist hotspots, life is not easy for everyone. An entire community of indigenous Indians lack basic rights, representation, suffer from discrimination, and lack of opportunity.

One thing that unites all Costa Ricans is their love of soccer. You will join the non-profit organization SEPROJOVEN as they deliver vital health and social services to children living in indigenous communities.

During your COSTA RICA experience you will:

  • Join SEPROJOVEN as they use soccer to help strengthen cultural values and social skills, promote leadership, and encourage intercultural exchanges.
  • Experience Costa Rica Indian culture through language, dance, and singing classes with the Bribri community.
  • Experience the pura vida by helping a local family with harvesting, craft-making, and sugar cane grinding.
  • Trek through tropical rainforest to visit stunning waterfalls.
  • Make friendships that will last a lifetime.

2017 departures

Individual Travel

June 30 – July 11, 2017 • Ages 16 – 18

May 19 – 30, 2017 • Adult

Group Travel

Contact for more details on dates and availability.

Experience profile

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Country
Costa Rica

NGO
SEPROJOVEN

Group of Focus
Children and women 

Area of Focus
Human rights

Experience
Live like a local and experience the Pura Vida

Activities
Soccer, language, singing, and dance classes

Other Experiences

We also offer experiences in different continents 

Costa Rica Asia

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Costa Rica Europe

Day 1:

Depart for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica. Transfer to hotel in San Jose. Hotel check in and welcome meeting with Supervisor.

Day 2:

Meet SEPROJOVEN staff and introduction to the organization. Visit SEPROJOVEN program, LIGAFEM. Depart hotel to visit SEPROJOVEN program LIGAFEM. Participate in inclusive soccer activity with LIGAFEM.

Day 3:

Transfer to El Salitre. Lunch in the Bríbripa Cultural Center.
Tour of the host organization. Interactive SEPROJOVEN game activity. 
Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 1: Global Leadership and International Development.

Day 4:

Visit environmental conservation areas like primary forests and waterfalls. Introductory lesson to the language of Bríbri. Visit a local school to share and collaborate with children in Bríbripa and SEPROJOVEN educational campaigns through interactive games of inclusion with children.

Day 5:

Breakfast at the Bríbripa Cultural Center. Community soccer workshop in a local Bríbripa SEPROJOVEN community. Return to the Bríbripa Cultural Center. Visit a local family and participate in agricultural labors like harvesting. (*subject to availability and additional cost)

Day 6:

Breakfast at the Bríbripa Cultural Center. Community soccer workshop in a local BriBriPa SEPROJOVEN community. Return to the Bríbripa Cultural Center. Visit a local family to participate in cane grinding activity (*subject to availability and additional cost).

Day 7:

Breakfast at the Bríbripa Cultural Center. Visit to forest tree nursery and tree-planting workshop near local soccer fields. Artesanal workshop and visit to natural Savannah. Dance and Song gathering in Bríbri with local community. Farewell gathering at BriBriPa Cultural Center.

Day 8:

Transfer to La Casona. Facility tour and welcome meeting.
Depart for a local community in La Casona. Educational activities with young people from the Copa Indigena project. SEPROJOVEN community soccer event. Transfer to accommodations in San Vito. 
Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 2: Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking.

Day 9:

Transfer to La Casona. Hike to Copei. Waterfall visit and traditional indigenous medicine workshop. Music workshop with traditional instruments. SEPROJOVEN community soccer workshop. Transfer back to accommodations in San Vito.

Day 10:

Transfer to Playa Blanca, Punta Leona. Ziplining (to be confirmed).
Transfer to accommodations in Punta Leona. 
Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 3: Gender Inequality and Social Inclusion.

Day 11:

Diving, Snorkeling, and kayaking. Free time. Visit to Carara National Park.

Day 12:

Free Time at Punta Leona Beach. Return to San Jose. Check into accommodations. Farewell dinner with SEPROJOVEN staff.

Day 13:

Depart San Jose, Costa Rica for home. Arrive home.

This experience includes:

All required ground transportation throughout your trip (airport transfers included)
• All soccer training sessions
• All community service and educational activities
• All cultural and sightseeing activities
• Use of training facilities for soccer practice sessions
• Water during all practices
• 2-3 competitive soccer games against local teams
• Attend a local professional league or international match (depending on availability and additional cost at time of tour)
• Full board during your stay (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
• 11 nights accommodation
• A full time Tour Supervisor on-call 24 hours a day
• Cancellation and medical insurance

Carry-on

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

Important reminders

Ear buds
Change of clothes
Reuseable water bottle
Medication
Additional community service forms
Outlet power converter
Consent to travel form
Emergency contacts

Passport
Photocopy of passport
Two passport photos (needed for Visa)
Wallet/money
Book and/or journal
Pen
Phone
Chargers
Camera

Appropriate attire for service projects– students should be wearing Bermuda or basketball length shorts or pants. This is especially important to females. T-shirts should cover the chest and shoulders- nothing too low cut, and no undergarments should ever be showing.

Appropriate attire for touring– students will be visiting temples and museums throughout their program. All students will be expected to have their shoulders and knees covered. Please be sure to bring at least one pair of lightweight capris and t-shirts that are modest (no v-neck/low cut tees).

*Business casual outfit– a long sleeved collared shirt and lightweight trousers will work best for boys. A long skirt and appropriate shirt is ideal for girls.

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The Kingdom of Lesotho is a tiny but beautiful country hidden high in the mountains above South Africa. The proud nation boasts a rich cultural heritage and dramatic scenery, including some of the highest waterfalls in the world.

It is also one of the world’s poorest nations and suffers from one of the planet’s highest rates of HIV/AIDS infection; over 130,000 children have been orphaned by the disease and face daily challenges from poverty, disease and a lack of education.

The number one sport for young people in Lesotho is soccer. You will join the non-profit organization Kick4Life as they travel the country delivering vital health and social services to orphans and vulnerable children using the power of soccer.

 

On your the third half experience you will:

  • Costa RicaPlay friendly soccer matches in the mountains in front of hundreds of fans
  • Help Kick4Life deliver vital health education to vulnerable children
  • Stay and train at the FIFA Football for Hope Center in Maseru
  • Explore Lesotho’s rich cultural history through music, art and more
  • Journey deep into the mountains for pony-trekking and waterfall climbing
  • Train and play with Kick4Life F.C.’s professional men’s and women’s teams
  • Attend a Lesotho Premier League match as VIP guests (subject to season)
  • Make friendships that will last a lifetime

Profits from your trip will be invested directly into Kick4Life’s daily programming providing vital health and social services to underserved children in Lesotho.

Africa

Costa Rica

In Africa, streetfootballworld’s 40 network members in 22 countries have used soccer’s unique capacity to educate young people on topics ranging from HIV/Aids to gender equality.

We have partnered with Kick4LifE, an award-winning NGO that delivers a range of projects aimed at supporting vulnerable children and young people. This includes health education and HIV prevention, voluntary HIV testing, life-skills development, and support towards education & employment, and the chance to enjoy sport.

Helping vulnerable children with Kick4Life

The Kingdom of Lesotho is a tiny but beautiful country hidden high in the mountains above South Africa. The proud nation boasts a rich cultural heritage and dramatic scenery, including some of the highest waterfalls in the world.

It is also one of the world’s poorest nations and suffers from one of the planet’s highest rates of HIV/AIDS infection; over 130,000 children have been orphaned by the disease and face daily challenges from poverty, disease and a lack of education.

The number one sport for young people in Lesotho is soccer. You will join the non-profit organization Kick4Life as they travel the country delivering vital health and social services to orphans and vulnerable children using the power of soccer.

 

On your the third half experience you will:

  • Costa RicaPlay friendly soccer matches in the mountains in front of hundreds of fans
  • Help Kick4Life deliver vital health education to vulnerable children
  • Stay and train at the FIFA Football for Hope Center in Maseru
  • Explore Lesotho’s rich cultural history through music, art and more
  • Journey deep into the mountains for pony-trekking and waterfall climbing
  • Train and play with Kick4Life F.C.’s professional men’s and women’s teams
  • Attend a Lesotho Premier League match as VIP guests (subject to season)
  • Make friendships that will last a lifetime

Profits from your trip will be invested directly into Kick4Life’s daily programming providing vital health and social services to underserved children in Lesotho.

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