WHY CHOOSE US? 

Educators understand the tremendous value and power of international educational experiences.  Our trips, for students in grades 8-12, focus on hands-on science activities in the field. Community service with local Costa Rican schools may also be integrated into the O2 trip experience.  Dare to consider us for your international student trip.  We may not be the conventional choice but we are the inspirational choice! Read on for the reasons to choose O2 for Life.

WE WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH YOU

We are a small non-profit organization passionate about our work in conservation, education and fostering community. We collaborate closely with you to customize a trip that meets your specific interests and educational objectives. We host only one group at a time thereby assuring your group will have exclusive use of the reserve while you are there.

STUDENTS ARE IMMERSED IN LEARNING

Students are immersed in nature while learning about the ecology of the reserve’s diverse habitats including secondary and primary rainforest, mangrove forests, river estuaries and coral reefs.  All learning at the O2 reserve’s “outdoor classroom” is filled with laughter, discovery and surprises.

Stays at the reserve typically last 6-10 days. Each day at the O2 reserve has planned field activities.  Our talented and enthusiastic biologist/naturalist guides are always on the lookout for opportunities to engage students in learning–stopping frequently to identify the flora and fauna along the trails or teach them about the various relationships among species. During free time, students can relax in the community room, on the verandahs of the main house, or in hammocks at the waterfront.

Available activities include

  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • photography
  • camera trap projects
  • community service at a local school
  • jewelry making with rainforest seeds
  • O2 plant nursery
  • learning about “jungle foods”
  • playing soccer with locals
  • night walks
  • evening camp fires
  • practicing Spanish
  • and more

STUDENTS LIVE UNPLUGGED IN A CARING COMMUNITY

Students live off the grid, unplugged in a caring community.   They forge a deep connection to nature, to each other and to themselves.  They leave the O2 reserve feeling more emboldened, more confident and more curious about the natural world.  They leave with a greater knowledge of tropical nature and a better understanding of the ways human behavior affects it.  Perhaps, most importantly, your students will return home caring more deeply about the natural world and thinking about what they can do personally to act as a steward of our planet to preserve it for the future.

A PRICELESS EXPERIENCE AT A FRIENDLY PRICE

We provide assistance with all aspects of planning your trip.  The cost of the stay at the reserve varies based on the size of the group and length of stay.  As a non-profit organization, our costs are very competitive.  They cover room and board as well as all activities based at the reserve.  Additional costs are incurred if a group chooses off-site activities.

Students are lodged dormitory style in the main house or in the sleeping cabin.  All meals are served family style in a dining area located in the main house.  The food is delicious, nutritious and plentiful.  All meals are prepared with love and care using fresh, local ingredients. Mealtimes are fun and filled with lively conversation among peers, teachers and the O2 staff.