Beaches, Adventure, and Soccer
Train in the Putarenas FC stadium, just steps away from sandy beaches and the Pacific Ocean
Organize soccer clinics for disadvantaged youth in Pacific Coast communities
Visit famous white-sand beaches in Manuel Antonio National Park
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Woza Soccer is excited to offer an August 2017 soccer and service adventure in Costa Rica specifically for the players of Seattle United. 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 local professional club and longtime Woza partner, Puntarenas FC. We will also enjoy zip-lining and visiting the famed beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. 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 orphanage associated with PFC's club outreach initiatives.
Days 1-2: Trip Start
We will meet at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) ahead of our overnight group flight (booked by Woza), and enjoy getting to know your trip leaders and the fellow Seattle United players joining you on the adventure. We will arrive into San Jose, Costa Rica, in the morning 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 hop in an evening beach pick-up soccer game!
Days 3-5: 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. These early days will be marked by several friendly matches and training sessions with local coaches alongside Costa Rican teammates. Each day we will conduct community service by offering coaching clinics for children in Puntarenas and the surrounding communities, including an orphanage in a nearby rural town. Many of our soccer activities will be based out of the Puntarenas Football Club (PFC) stadium located in the center of town and just a few blocks from the beach. We'll spend several evenings 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 6-7: Adventure Break - Zip-Lining, Rivers and Beaches
The group will take a few days away from Puntarenas to visit Punta Leona – a tranquil area in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific region known for its tropical rainforests and sandy beaches. Our hotel has a beautiful beach soccer court just steps from our rooms, and we’ll put it to good use! Punta Leona will serve as our base for a few days of exploration including a zip-lining adventure, a wildlife river cruise through the rainforest, and a day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park – famous for its white sand beaches and diverse animal life.
Days 8-10: Back to Puntarenas!
The group will return to Puntarenas, excited to get back to work with Roberto and our Costa Rican teammates. We will continue our volunteer soccer coaching in the mornings and afternoon training sessions with PFC. Our time in Puntarenas will culminate in a community soccer tournament, final friendly match and Costa Rican-style BBQ with Puntarenas FC academy staff and players.
Day 11: Trip End
On the last day of the trip we will travel from Puntarenas to San Jose to catch our group flight back to Seattle, where students will be picked up by parents and guardians.
$1,995 + airfare
*Boys and Girls
How will the students be supervised while traveling?
Woza Soccer prides itself on hiring talented, experienced Trip Leaders. The trip leadership of the 2017 Seattle United Costa Rica trip will consist of Woza's Founder and Director Chris Kaimmer and at least one additional female leader.
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.
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 11 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 efficient.
For answers to more frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQ's page.
Before You Go
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Group Flight to and from San Jose, Costa Rica
Woza Soccer will book a group flight between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the airpot in San Jose, Costa Rica (airport code: SJO). Families are responsible for reimbursing Woza Soccer for the cost of the group flight (approx. $800 round-trip). The Woza trip leaders will meet players at the airport in Seattle and accompany them on the group flight to Costa Rica as well as the flight back home. Families will receive further flight booking and travel information upon signing up for their Woza trip.
The Woza Experience
Woza Soccer trips are international adventures full of soccer and cross-cultural connections alongside 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.