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Preparing For A Trip


Visas are generally not required for stays of up to 90 days – but remember to make sure you have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the dates of your trip!


Both US dollars and Costa Rican colones are accepted everywhere and dispensed from ATMs across the country. With the exception of the smallest towns and shops in rural areas, credit cards are accepted.


Clothing – The following list is not exhaustive but please try to travel light and leave room for goodies to bring home with you!

Shorts / T’shirt / lightweight long trousers / long sleeved shirts / fleece / rain jacket / good walking shoes / cap or hat / swimwear / towel / shades / head torch / dry bag / long sleeve rash vest /

Luggage – day bag is necessary for everyday use

Sandals or good flip flops with strong sole.

Long sleeve trousers and shirt - As in all subtropical areas, insects can be a nuisance, especially in the evening. Long sleeved shirts and trousers are recommended to offer the best form of protection in the evenings.

Sun Glasses - A GOOD quality pair of sunglasses is essential. Make sure they offer 100% UV protection.

Camera If bringing a digital camera bring a number of memory cards.

Stationery Bring pens, pencils, notepads and A4 notebooks.

Headtorch – a headtorch as it is more useful than a normal torch.

Photocopy of passport Please bring a copy of your passport. Travel tip – email yourself a copy of your passport and other important documentation

Sun Cream, zinc or other waterproof sun protection. / Aftersun You will be spending a lot of time in the sun so please bring adequate sun protection. We recommend a higher block than usual.

Medical Kit It is always useful to carry a small personal medical kit. This should include items such as: Plasters, wound dressings and bandages, personal medication to last the duration of the expedition, anti-histamine cream/ tablets, fungicidal foot power/cream, antiseptic cream/solution, Immodium tablets (x30) and rehydration (e.g. dioralyte) sachets, mild pain killers (eg. Paracetamol), tweezers, scissors etc).

Emergency travel kits can be purchased at most pharmacies and outdoor pursuit shops. They contain sterile and sealed equipment, such as syringes, needles and suture materials. Make sure you have sufficient identification papers to accompany these kits to ensure compliance with Customs. The Kit should not be opened unless required and it is inadvisable to carry loose needles or syringes.

Insect Repellent and Afterbite Insect repellant is recommended. If you are allergic to repellents seek advice before leaving your home country.

VOLUNTEERING students will NEED dark coloured clothing to work at night, preferably long sleeved, flashlight with a red LED if possible, mosquito net, closed toe shoes for patrols that will be comfortable and a waterproof jacket.

In addition, VOLUNTEER students to AVSO need to bring top & bottom sheets (or a lightweight sleeping bag) pillow and mosquito net. These ARE NOT provided!

Bring a hat, camera, video camera, and books or games for free time.

Telephone: +1 800-562-4216