Costa Rica: For Accepted Students
Students should bring a copy of these emergency phone numbers while they are traveling as well as leaving a copy with their parents/guardians.
Marian Thorpe – On-Site Director
Cell: 401-323-7965 (Active on July 12)
Rosario Navarro – Director, International Programs, Brown University
Emergency phone numbers in Costa Rica
911 – Main Emergency
1117 – Police
1128 – Ambulance
1118 – Fire
Brown University Department of Public Safety
(001) 401-863-4111 – Emergencies (when calling from Costa Rica)
(001) 401-863-3322 – General inquiries (when calling from Costa Rica)
Congratulations on your acceptance!
We are looking forward to your participation in this unique and engaging program. We have compiled some important information for you; please review this carefully with your family and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at email@example.com
Program and Travel Information
For your reference, Student Code of Conduct
Send all documents to:
Attn: Global Programs
School of Professional Studies
200 Dyer St./Box T
Providence, RI 02912
A web conference program orientation will be announced.
Additional information on how to access will be emailed prior to the web conference.
Booking Your Flights
Sunday, July 12, 2015 – Arrive in Liberia Daniel Oduber Quirós (LIR) International Airport (arrive by 11am and 3pm)
Saturday, July 25, 2015– Depart from Liberia Daniel Oduber Quirós (LIR) International Airport (depart between 1pm and 6pm)
Once your flight is booked, submit your itinerary and emergency contact(s) to:
If you are having trouble identifying flights within the arrival/departure windows as stated above, please contact us at (401) 863-7900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to purchasing your ticket to ensure that your arrival/departure can be accommodated by the on-site staff.
Please note that if you are arriving/departing outside of the program dates, we cannot provide accommodations pre/post program.
Airport Pick-up and Transfer
- Students are met at Liberia Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport by Brown staff for transfer to Santa Rosa National Park. After students claim their luggage and go through Customs, they will connect with program staff at the ARRIVALS area.
- If your flight is delayed or canceled, contact Marian Thorpe, On-Site Director.
- At the end of the program, students are transferred from the Monteverde Institute to Liberia Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport and escorted through the airport until the security gates.
Course Materials List
Students are not required to purchase any course textbooks. All material will be provided on-site and/or available on-line. More information on how to access materials on-line will be provided before your departure.
We will stay in several different locations over the course of the program, so be very conservative in packing: bring only what you really need, and leave the rest at home. In addition, some sites are accessible only by foot, so you must be able to carry your own luggage without assistance.
When packing, keep in mind that approximately 75% of our activities will take place in buggy outdoor settings where you’ll want waterproof hiking boots, long pants, and long and short-sleeve layers than can get wet and dirty. The other 25% of the time will include a day of snorkeling and several days in the town of Santa Elena in Monteverde, which has rapidly changing—and often cool—windy weather.
Students’ clothes will be laundered approximately once per week. Consider labeling your clothes so that they don’t get lost when washed with other students’ items.
- Round-trip ticket
- Copies of important documents -- passports, credit cards, etc. (Leave a set of copies at home. Bring another set with you and store them separately from the originals)
- Health insurance policy name, group number, and member ID number
- Credit card/debit card – check with your bank to ensure that your card will work in Costa Rica. Remember to verify international transaction policies and fees. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, and ATMs are readily available.
- Emergency contact information
- Daypack (the same as backpacks used to carry books at school – this will be used to carry field equipment during hikes)
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Light fleece or sweatshirt
- 3-4 pairs light-weight field pants (note: jeans are NOT recommended because they dry out VERY slowly; leggings are NOT recommended because bugs can easily bite through the tight fabric)
- 7-8 t-shirts
- 3 long sleeve shirts for warmth/bug protection/sun protection while snorkeling
- 1 pair of shorts
- 2 changes of nicer (or at least clean) casual clothes for town
- Waterproof hiking boots (if purchased new, break them in for a few days before the program)
- 7 pairs of good quality boot socks (Smart Wool, etc.; sock liners are optional)
- Tennis shoes for town and dorm
- Socks and underwear
- Swim suit
- Insect repellant (only 1 container is necessary)
- Hat with a good brim for sun protection
- Flip flops/sandals (for beach and shower)
- Toiletries (e.g. soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, contact lens solution etc.)
- Spare pair of glasses/contact lenses
- Medications (enough for the length of the program)
- Water bottles (to carry 2 L of water)
- Field notebook – we recommend Rite in the Rain Universal Field Nt. 374
- Pens, pencils
- Watch (waterproof or moisture resistant)
- Extra batteries for camera, flashlight
- Plastic bags (small and large sealable bags to keep items dry in daypack)
- Trash bags (for wet clothes; to keep items in luggage dry)
- Raincover for daypack
- Plant or bird field guides for Costa Rica
- Books for pleasure reading
- Binoculars (7x35 or 8x42, preferably water resistant)
- Playing cards or other travel games
- Hand lens
- Travel alarm clock
- Silica gel (to keep electronics dry)
- Sunburn lotion (i.e. aloe for afterburn)
- Calamine or other anti-itch cream
What Not to Bring
Students should NOT bring laptops or valuable electronics. Belongings will be exposed to high temperatures and high humidity. Computers will be available to students on site when required for coursework.
CELL Phones and Communication with Families
We recommend that students carry a cell phone that can be used during travel to/from Costa Rica. The BELL program phone has a U.S. number, so families do not need an international calling plan to reach us in Costa Rica.
Families may contact us at any time during the program in the event of an emergency using the U.S. number as well.
We will send an email to parents confirming that the full group has arrived in Costa Rica. We will also send email updates from the group throughout the program. Students will have access to email on several occasions throughout the course.
While cell phones are helpful when you’re traveling to and from Costa Rica, they are NOT required during the program. Letting go of the frequent connection to phone, internet and social media helps us form a community and adjust to a new environment and culture more quickly; we will therefore ask students who do have phones to limit their use. Cell phone reception in the field is limited.
Students who would like to make and receive international calls during the program will need an international plan and should check with their service provider to ensure that their phones will function in Costa Rica.
Each student participating in a Pre-College Global Program is automatically enrolled in HTH Worldwide during the length of the program. HTH Worldwide provides insurance coverage for accident and sickness, and also emergency assistance services. Students will be emailed instructions on how to log into the HTH Worldwide site for coverage and benefit information prior to departure.