Independent Travelers & International Students

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Students who are not traveling on the group flight are considered "independent travelers," and should arrive in San José no later than August 20, 2013.

Required Travel Form

Flight Information Form 
To ensure the safety of all participants, both students traveling on the group flight and those traveling independently must provide with the details of their itinerary, including any and all connecting flights.  Students will receive an email prompting them to provide these flight details prior to departure. 

International Students & Flight Credits

International students who choose to fly to San José separately from the group flight will receive a flight credit on their bill equal to the cost of one group flight airline ticket.

Travel To & From San José

Airport Pick-up

ICDS picks up and transports all independent travelers from the airport to the on-site orientation. To arrange an airport pick-up, students must contact the office at 617.373.6447 or at least 2 weeks prior to departing for Costa Rica. Orientation is held at the address below:

Escuela Social Juan XXIII
Del Palacio Municipal de Tres Rios
1.5 km al Norte y 1.5 km al Este (Antiguo Seminario Menor)
Costa Rica


On the last day of the Program, students on the Group Flight home will be shuttled to the airport to arrive 3 hours prior to the departure time, ensuring that all participants have ample time to check in. The group will then go through the security checkpoint together. If an independent traveler's flight is departing on or around the same time as the Group Flight, he or she may utilize these buses to get to the airport. Otherwise, independent travelers will be responsible for their own transportation to the airport.

Important Numbers

Escuela Social Juan XXIII reception: (506) 2279-5904

Advantage Travel: (800)788-1980

International SOS: 215-942-8478 

What to Bring & Preparation 

  • Passport and visa (if applicable)
  • Any additional documents provided by customs and immigration at the airport
  • Please record the serial numbers of important items that you are bringing with you (i.e., camera, laptop, iPod, Kindle, etc).  This will be useful in case any items are lost or stolen. We recommend leaving a copy of these numbers with family members.
  • Be sure to call bank and credit card companies to notify them that accounts will be accessed from a different country during the time spent abroad.  We recommend making a photocopy of all credit and ATM cards to leave with family members in case these cards are lost or stolen.