Costa Rica: Middle School Service Adventure

Option 1) Chaperoned Group Flight

The flight booking process for the Chaperoned Group Flight has two parts. Part 1 consists of an international group flight to be booked by GLA. Part 2 consists of a domestic flight to be booked by you should you require one. The domestic flight has specific arrival and departure requirements. See below for further arrival and departure instructions.

Part 1 - International Group Flight

Once your session has been guaranteed to run you will receive an email notification with the next steps. At that time if you choose the Chaperoned Group Flight you will need to choose which group flight you would like to take, pay a $250 deposit to GLA and sign the group flights terms and conditions waiver. See below for the flight times and prices!

Option One: Los Angeles, CA

Delta Airlines 786 - Depart Los Angeles, CA (LAX) at 23:55 (11:55pm) - Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) at 6:45 (6:45am), the next day on the day your program begins.

**Please Note: This flight departs the day before the program begins.

Delta Airlines 1396 - Depart San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) at 7:55 (7:55am) - Arrive Los Angeles, CA (LAX) at 12:55 (12.55pm), on the day your program ends.

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Prices:

PLEASE NOTE: All prices are in US Dollars and do not include checked baggage. The first checked bag is $30 and the second $40. Students will pay for checked baggage at check in.

Session 1: June 20 - June 29 - $823

There are no more spots for the LAX chaperoned flight, but students can still book flights on the same flights from LAX with the unaccompanied minor service.

Session 2: July 27 - August 5 - $727

There are no more spots for the LAX chaperoned flight, but students can still book flights on the same flights from LAX with the unaccompanied minor service.


Option Two: Newark, NJ

United Airlines 1222 - Depart Newark, NJ (EWR) at 17:03 (5:03pm) - Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) at 20:15 (8:15pm), on the day your program begins.

United Airlines 1079 - Depart San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) at 7:45 (7:45am) - Arrive Newark, NJ (EWR) at 15:01 (3:01pm). on the day your program ends.

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Prices:

PLEASE NOTE: All prices are in US Dollars and do not include checked baggage. The first checked bag is $30 and the second $40. Students will pay for checked baggage at check in.

Session 1: June 20 - June 29 - $1025

There are no more spots for the EWR chaperoned flight, but students can still book flights on the same flights from EWR with the unaccompanied minor service.

Session 2: July 27 - August 5 - $864

There are no more spots for the EWR chaperoned flight, but students can still book flights on the same flights from EWR with the unaccompanied minor service.


Part 2: Domestic Flight

If you're traveling on the Los Angeles, CA group flight

  • Fly into and out of Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles International Airport, airport code: LAX)
  • Arrive to LAX between 14:00 (2pm) and 19:00 (7pm) the day before your program begins
  • Depart LAX after 17:00 (5pm) on the day your program ends


If you're traveling on the Newark, NJ group flight

  • Fly into and out of Newark, NJ (Newark Liberty International Airport, airport code: EWR)
  • Arrive to EWR before 12:00 (12pm) on the day your program begins
  • Depart EWR after 18:15 (6:15pm) on the day your program ends

**Please contact the Coordination Team if you’ve purchased the optional Unaccompanied Minor service for your student and require a point of contact for arrival/departure.**

Option 2) Unchaperoned Ticket

Purchase an unchaperoned ticket from your chosen origin airport to the San Jose International Airport (SJO). Please note, depending on the airline you chose to book with, your student may be required to purchase the Unaccompanied Minor Service; this is not a GLA requirement, but an airline policy. The airline will have specific rules that you will have to follow in order to fulfill these requirements. If you are required to purchase the Unaccompanied Minor Service let me know and I will provide the details the airline will require.

Arrival & Departure Guidelines

  • Fly into and out of the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (Juan Santamaría International Airport, airport code: SJO)
  • Arrive between 6:00 (6am) and 17:00 (5pm) on the day your program begins
  • Depart between 7:00 (7am) and 17:00 (5pm) on the day your program ends
  • Please note there is a $29 departure tax when exiting Costa Rica. Many airlines incorporate this into the price of the ticket; however, some do not. Please check with your airline.

**Please contact the Coordination Team if you’ve purchased the optional Unaccompanied Minor service for your student and require a point of contact for arrival/departure.**


Recommended Travel Agency Partner

If you are looking for some guidance in booking flights, GLA has partnered with STA Travel in order to simplify the process. Regardless of how you plan on booking your flights, we recommend you speak with our travel agency partner first to ensure that you are getting the best deal and that you are booking the correct itinerary per GLA requirements and airline policy.

STA Travel - Work with a live agent. Submit an online form with your contact information to get started using STA Travel. After this form is completed, a live agent will reach out to you within 48 hours with flight options.

    • INFO FORM: Click HERE to access STA and GLA's webform.
    • CALL: 877-211-4351
    • EMAIL: GLA@STATRAVEL.COM
    • HOURS: Monday-Saturday 6am - 7pm (Arizona time zone); Sunday 7am - 4pm (Arizona time zone)


Please do NOT book your flight until your Travel Coordinator has given you the go ahead! This will come either in the email titled, "Welcome Aboard! Save this Email!" or in a subsequent email.