We Welcome Your Application to Join Us!

We build each of our groups with care, keeping the groups small (no more than twelve students), and paying close attention to age, grade, gender, and the mix of hometowns and schools. Our goal is to put together great groups — groups where nice kids thrive in a supportive, wholesome, and caring environment. Please note: availability as shown is based on students traveling without a friend; if your child is interested in traveling with a friend, please call our office for availability.

Important Information about Availability


This departure of this trip has good availability. Apply as soon as possible since availability changes quickly.


This departure of this trip has limited availability. Apply as soon as possible, and on receipt of your application, if space is still available, we’ll confirm a spot for you. If all of the spots are taken, we’ll call you to discuss options.


This departure of this trip is currently full — please call us to discuss options.

How to Apply

Apply online using a credit card for the $795 deposit (your card will not be charged until we confirm a spot for you). Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received (we do not hold spots over the phone).

When to Apply

The flow of applications starts in July and peaks in January/February. Some groups fill by the December holidays, and others will have space into the late spring. Our advice? Apply as soon as possible — it only takes a few minutes — and we’ll get to work right away to find a great spot for you.


Call (413.458.9672) or email (info@overlandsummers.com). We look forward to hearing from you.

Costa Rica Explorer

Immerse yourself in the culture and landscape of Costa Rica with like-minded peers.

Service, hiking, and adventure in welcoming, wonderful Costa Rica.

We have always found a warm welcome in Costa Rica. Our Costa Rican partners have appreciated our energy and enthusiasm, our friendliness and wholesomeness.

Our service work starts in the cloud forests of Monteverde. We’ll head to the forests where we’ll take two half days of Spanish language classes paired with service work at a sustainable coffee farm and day hikes. We’ll be in a beautiful environment, focusing on sustainable farming that supports the local community.

We’ll then travel east to the district of La Fortuna to visit a national park and work at a wildlife refuge. We’ll visit Cerro Chato National Park and go for a full day hike at the base of the inactive volcano, Cerro Chato. The next day, we’ll volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation center where we’ll take a tour of the refuge, make toys, and build play structures for the animals.

We’ll continue our environmental stewardship and community engagement while we volunteer and hike in the Limón Province. We’ll hike to a local Indigenous Reserve and gain an understanding of the daily life of community members. We’ll also work at a local school and hike to our accommodations at a beautiful, fully-equipped campsite at the edge of the Pacuare River.

Our time in Costa Rica will wrap up with a community outreach project in San José. We will make our way back to the city, where we’ll spend our last couple of days doing light construction work and engaging with kids in the neighborhood of La Carpio, an immigrant community.

Your service, hiking, and exploration will show you a country and its people in important ways. By exploring off the beaten path, by volunteering, and by bonding with your group, you’ll give to Costa Rica, but you’ll take something important away, too. Something that will stay with you well past the end of your trip: a deeper understanding not only of Costa Rica, but of the world, too, of its needs, its beauty, and its promise.

Have a question about availability?

Contact Us or call: (413) 458-9672

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Overland offers introductory, hiking, biking, language, writing, service and field studies programs domestically and abroad for students in 4th through 12th grade.