Frequently Asked Questions

What activitie will we experience on our trip?

That depends on your instructor and the itinerary she/h has set up. Often, activities include visits to colonial buildings, zip lining, hiking in the mountains or volcanoes, boat tours on the lakes, visits to islands in the lakes or ocean and trips to the beach.

Where will we stay?

You will usually stay in hotels or with family homestays. Our staff has screened all families and hotels to make sure they meet health and safety standards appropriate for student groups.

What is the weather like?

Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama are located in the tropics. This means the weather can vary a lot from one destination to another. The temperatures are high year round in the lowland and beach areas; however, destinations in the mountains have cool, temperate weather requiring a jacket. There are two seasons: rainy season and dry season. In the Pacific and Central regions (where the capital cities are located) the rainy season lasts roughly from May to October. The dry season starts in November and ends in April. September is the wettest month and February and March are the driest months. The Caribbean areas of the region have a slightly different schedule of rainy and dry seasons.

What type of clothes should I pack?

This depends on your destination. Generally, you should pack lightweight cotton shirts, pants, skirts and shorts. You can wear flip flops/sandals sometimes but they are not appropriate for all occasions. You will need a good pair of walking shoes. You will walk a lot on your trip. You will need an umbrella in the rainy season! If your program takes you to the cooler mountain areas you will need a light jacket or sweater.

What is the transportation like?

We use private, insured transportation companies. All bus drivers have years of experience dealing with tourists and student groups. Most buses have air conditioning. Boat trips take place on regularly scheduled public transportation or with standard private boat companies.

What is the food like?

Typical famous dishes vary from one country to another. However, the base diet is similar. You will find a tropical diet of rice and beans, meats, fish and seafood and lots of fresh fruit. If you have dietary restrictions make sure we know when you book your program. We can accommodate many special dietary needs.

What is the currency?

Nicaragua uses the Cordoba. Costa Rica has the Colon. Panama uses the Balboa (equivalent to the US Dollar).

How much spending money will I need?

If meals are included in your program costs then you should budget $10-20 per day for soft drinks, waters, and snacks. If meals are not included in the program costs you should plan to spend about $50 per day on food. This depends on what you eat and the type of place that you choose.
Most students like to shop for souvenirs at the typical markets. You should plan to spend at least $100-300 for souvenir shopping. If you like to shop you might want more. If you are not a shopper you will probably spend less.

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