In short, your fees payable to AIFS include:
- pre-departure support services;
- on-site orientation;
- health and travel insurance;
- all required transfers;
- accommodations (hotel rooms at all nights);
- meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner);
- planned activities; and
Please see below a more detailed description of the program components included in the student fee:
Pre-departure Support Services
• Customized admissions and application process available including online registration and submission of required participant materials.
• Pre-departure information services and a toll-free contact number in the U.S.
• Pre-departure orientation materials including access to the customized program portal and online materials.
• Final pre-departure packet sent 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the program.
Health and Safety Support
• On-site orientation with local staff to provide advice and guidance on general and culturally relevant topics such as safety, incident response procedures and contact information for local emergency services (police, ambulance, fire service, hospitals, U.S. Embassy, etc.)
• 24/7 AIFS emergency service with both local number to reach on-site staff and toll-free number in the U.S.
• Each student on the program will be enrolled in the CISI insurance plan and global app. This insurance covers doctor visits, prescriptions, hospitalization, and medical evacuation. Students have access to the ‘My CISI’ website where they can locate their ID card, policy document, search for a doctor (if traveling away from the program site), access personal security information and a copy of the claim form. The CISI app also includes resources such as the location of U.S. Embassies and consulates around the world, individual country profiles, CDC vaccine advice, and U.S. State Department advice.
• A check-in facility is also part of the CISI app allowing students to mark themselves as “safe” during an incident or requesting assistance should they need it while traveling independently.
• Student medical and program fee refund insurance policies, as outlined in the AIFS insurance brochure. Coverage includes $100,000 accidental medical expense and $10,000 accidental death payment plus 24-hour emergency care assistance during the program and repatriation in cases of verified emergency beyond the students’ control.
Transfers, Accommodation, Transportation, and Meals
• Transfer inbound: one-time group transfer by private bus between the airport in San José (SJO) and the student housing at a time to meet the group flight on the scheduled arrival date.
• Accommodation: twin or triple-bedded en suite rooms in tourist class hotels, San José (1 night), Tortuguero (2), Sarapiqui (1), Arenal area (2), Guanacaste (2), Monteverde (2), Manuel Antonio (2), San José (1).
• Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
• Transfer outbound: one-time group transfer by private bus between the student housing and the airport in San José (SJO) at a time to best suit the group flight on the scheduled departure date.
• Private, air-conditioned buses for all transfers, visits, and excursions.
In-Country Student Support
• An orientation program in San José consisting of a meeting with experienced AIFS staff, covering topics such as general acclimation to San José, safety and security issues, cultural differences, travel, money and the program itinerary.
• A dedicated AIFS Tour Manager to ensure the smooth running of the program, providing information and advice to students and faculty, organizing all excursions and liaising with all suppliers.
• 24-hour on-call service in Costa Rica for the duration of the program.
• All gratuities to drivers, guides, and restaurants are included.
What’s Not Included?
The student fee does not include the following items:
× Round-trip airfare for students and faculty– see Optional Components
× Passport or visa fees if applicable
× Meals other than those listed
× Personal expenses
× South Orange County Community College District tuition or administrative fees
× Any additional field trips and excursions to those listed