Visit beautiful Costa Rica for a once-in-a-lifetime family experience! Explore the jungle, learn about indigenous culture, make a difference and grow together on and off the field.
Protect human rights and promote gender equality whilst experiencing stunning natural beauty and the secrets of pura vida.
Surrounded by unspoiled beaches and populated by rainforests that hide magical waterfalls and exotic wildlife, Costa Rica is world-renowned for its stunning natural beauty. You’ll get to experience it all whilst learning about the importance of protecting the rights of indigenous people and the environment – all through the shared language of soccer, Costa Rica’s national sport.
You’ll visit local families and help to run a school soccer program - while at the same time you are learning how the game is protecting the rights of indigenous people and promoting and protecting equal rights for girls and women.
Your journey starts in San José, lively capital of Costa Rica and the largest city in the country, home to bustling markets, museums and colonial-era mansions, before you visit Salitre to learn the culture and customs of the native people, the BriBri Pa Kanebelo. After living, learning and playing with the locals, you’ll visit the stunning La Casona lodge to experience Costa Rica’s natural splendor and learn about sustainable tourism.
It’s easy to see why this Central American nation is the birthplace of pura vida – the pure life. But away from the tourist hotspots, life isn’t easy for everyone. Indigenous communities lack basic rights and representation, and suffer from discrimination and lack of opportunity. During your trip you’ll experience first-hand how soccer is helping bring hope and opportunity to young people from the indigenous community.
Depart for Costa Rica.
Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica. Transfer to accommodations,
Welcome Dinner and Introduction to the third half (Curriculum), brief introduction to Sepro Joven and the week’s activities at Casa Doña Lela (local food)
Meet local NGO SEPROJOVEN, participate in inclusive soccer activity with Liga Fem. the third half curriculum workshop #1 - Global Citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals
Take part in Seprojoven's LigaFem tournament for local indigenous girls.
Dinner at Nuestra Tierra San Jose (City Center)
Transfer to El Salitre. the third half curriculum workshop #2 - Conscious Leadership
Tour of the BriBriPa Cultural Center and take part in an Interactive Seprojoven soccer activity.
Dinner with the community in the Bri-Bri-Pa Cultural Center (organic food)
Visit environmental conservation areas (primary forests, waterfalls)
Learn the local BriBriPa language.
Farewell gathering at BriBriPa Cultural Center with dancing and singing.
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to La Casona in Santa Rosa National Park, a famous center of indigenous culture. Educational activities with young people from SEPROJOVEN’S Copa Indigena project which uses soccer to protect the human rights of indigenous people.
Lunch at hotel. Community soccer event Copa Indígena.
Transfer to accomodations in San Vito, dinner at hotel and time for reflections.
Breakfast at hotel Hike to Copei. Waterfall visit and traditional indigenous medicine workshop. Music workshop with traditional instruments.
the third half curriculum workshop #3 - Sustainable Development Goal #4 - Gender Equality
Farewell team dinner at La Casona.
Return to San Jose.
Check into accommodations. Free time
Farewell dinner and celebration with Sepro Joven and time for group reflection at Doña Lela.
Depart San Jose, Costa Rica for home.
Your trip will be hosted by the respected non-profit organization SEPROJOVEN which uses soccer to help strengthen cultural values and social skills, promote leadership and encourage intercultural exchanges. You’ll help SEPROJOVEN coaches bring soccer and life skills programs to local indigenous communities, join them in language, dance and singing classes and help local families with harvesting, craft-making and sugar-cane grinding. Thanks to your visit, SEPROJOVEN will be able to achieve goals like; Provide soccer equipment for the Liga Fem soccer league for girls and the Copa Indigena for local indigenous children Organize a youth leadership training camp for local young people to become the next generation of leaders in their community Organise artistic workshops for local indigenous youth.