Beaches, Adventure, and Soccer
June 25-July 1st
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
Girls Leading Girls players
Train in the Putarenas FC stadium, just steps away from sandy beaches and the Pacific Ocean
Take Spanish Lessons from locals
Zip-Linning in Jaco
Run Soccer and PE Classes at a local school
Phone: (206) 900-5436
Woza Soccer is excited to offer a June 2018 soccer and service adventure in Costa Rica specifically for the players of Girls Leading Girls. Soccer is central to Costa Rica's pura vida culture - everywhere we look we'll find makeshift goals in the streets, pickup games on the beach, and fan-packed stadiums. Our home will be Puntarenas, a small town on the Pacific Coast, where we will coach and train as members of a local professional club and longtime Woza partner, Puntarenas FC. We will also enjoy zip-lining and visiting the coastal town of Jaco. The stunning natural beauty of Costa Rica will take your breath away as we learn about local culture and play soccer on white sand beaches, under lush rainforest canopies, and everywhere in between!
In Costa Rica Woza partners with Puntarenas FC (PFC), a 2nd Division professional club with an incredible focus on giving back to their local community. We work closely with Roberto Wong, one of PFC's star players, to organize community soccer tournaments and other local events, such as a soccer camp at a nearby children's home associated with PFC's club outreach initiatives.
Days 1: Trip Start
After an overnight flight, we will arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica and a private vehicle will transport us to Puntarenas, a town located on a beautiful Pacific Ocean peninsula. We will relax at our hotel to help get over the jet lag and then enjoy a sunset dinner on the town's oceanfront boardwalk. At dinner, we will meet Roberto, our local partner and star player for Puntarenas FC, and maybe we’ll even have a chance to join an evening beach pick-up soccer game!
Days 2-3: Puntarenas and the Pacific
While in Puntarenas, we will work with Roberto and Puntarenas FC as volunteer soccer coaches. We’ll also begin to get a taste for Costa Rica's pura vida ("pure life") lifestyle and the delicious fresh fruit juices famous in this area. In addition, there will be the opportunity to learn some basic Spanish. We will conduct community service by offering coaching clinics for children in Puntarenas and the surrounding communities, including a school and children's center. We'll spend one evening playing pickup with local kids on las canchas, informal soccer courts sprinkled around Puntarenas (as well as most other Costa Rican towns and cities).
Days 4: Adventure Break - Zip-Lining and Beaches
The group will take a day away from Puntarenas to visit Jaco, a beautiful surf town where we will go zip-lining and play some beach soccer.
Day 5: Puntarenas and the Pacific
We will return to Puntarenas and spend a day fully immersed in Puntarenas FC. We will spend the morning coaching the younger players and the afternoon playing with our peer age group.
Day 6: Trip End
On the last day of the trip we will travel from Puntarenas to San Jose to catch our flight back to San Francisco, where students will be picked up by parents and guardians.
How will the students be supervised while traveling?
Woza Soccer prides itself on hiring talented, experienced Trip Leaders. In addition to the coaches taking part in the trip, Woza will also provide a leader to facilitate the interaction with our partners and assist in logistics.
What is the weather like in Costa Rica?
We visit Costa Rica during the rainy season, which means that brief afternoon rain showers provide a refreshing break from the hot tropical weather. Day time temperatures can reach 90°F and in the evening it will cool down to the 60-70°F.
When will I receive more information, such as specific itinerary including hotels and emergency contact information?
We will provide the full itinerary closer to the trip once the schedule for hotels, partners, etc. is totally confirmed. We don't post this online in order to keep our trip private, but will instead send an email to all participants. This email will also include information about your Woza leader and how to contact Woza and the group in case of an emergency. We'll also include the link to find photos posted online by our leader during the trip! These photos will be available for free download after the trip.
How often will my child have access to showers and laundry?
We will have access to showers every day. All accommodations offer hot showers, however, as is the nature of traveling in a country with less developed infrastructure, there’s always a chance of an occasional cold shower. Over the course of the 6 days, we will do laundry collectively as a group 1-2 times by leaving it at a laundry service for the day. We encourage students to wear items more than once before washing to cut down on packing and keep laundry runs efficiently.
For answers to more frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQ's page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before You Go
International travel requires a sense of adventure, as well as prior planning and preparation. You must have a valid passport, though no visa is required for Costa Rica. Woza Soccer strongly recommends families of students traveling abroad consult their child’s doctor and visit a travel clinic well before the start of the program to discuss options for travel-related vaccinations and medications. Woza Soccer is not a medical authority and cannot directly advise students and parents regarding travel-related medications or vaccinations. As a result, Woza Soccer does not require students to obtain specific travel-related medications or vaccinations. Typically, travel to Costa Rica involves simply having up-to-date vaccines. Again, we recommend consulting with the CDC and your child’s doctor. We will provide additional instructions regarding international travel preparation once you sign up for a Woza trip.
The Woza Experience
Woza Soccer trips are international adventures full of soccer and cross-cultural connections coupled with bonding with a new group of people and learning about the work of an inspiring local soccer partner. To provide the best immersion and group bonding experience possible, we ask that students leave their cell phones and other electronics at home (though cameras are more than welcome).
All Woza trips involve the rewarding challenge of visiting a new country and meeting new people while immersed in a different culture. Some days will be more challenging than others. We ask you to come prepared with a flexible mindset and positive attitude so if changes do occur beyond the control of you, your group, or your leaders (ex: weather, itinerary changes, or delayed travel) you can continue to contribute to an enthusiastic group, and help create a successful trip experience.