SUMMER EXPERIENCES

LATIN AMERICA ADVENTURE

Expand your horizons across the Americas combining a rewarding experience in Costa Rica followed by a true cross-cultural journey with local Jewish teens on Ambassadors to Argentina.

On Costa Rica Adventure teens will combines outdoor exploration and cross-cultural adventure in the heart of Central America. Experience Shabbat with the local community, search for jungle wildlife on a nighttime safari, and explore your Jewish identity through the lens of life in Costa Rica. 

Then continue on to the heart of South America on Ambassadors to Argentina, a two-week experience that pairs Jewish teens from North America with their peers from Buenos Aires. Together you’ll take part in joint service projects, go on bonding adventures at Iguazu Falls, immerse yourself in local Jewish communal life firsthand, spend a memorable Shabbat with a host family, and explore beautiful Buenos Aires—known as the Paris of South America!

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore Monteverde’s cloud forests and swim under waterfalls

Volunteer with local youth, Haitian migrants and for the Jewish community.

Get to know the local Jewish community is Sosusa and Santo Domingo.

Search for jungle wildlife on a nighttime safari

Go kayaking in the Pacific Ocean and relax on the beach!

Meet with local Costa Rican teens and take part in meaningful service projects

Hike to an active volcano and take a dip in a hot springs thermal pool.
Get up close with crocodiles, iguanas, lizards and more on a boat tour on the Tarcoles River
Explore Argentina alongside local Jewish teens
Visit the stunning Iguazu waterfalls
Experience the lush rain forest by zip line, boat and on foot
Take part in volunteer projects with the local Jewish community in Buenos Aires
Spend a meaningful Shabbat in Buenos Aires with host familes
Tour the world class and stylish city of Buenos Aires
Learn about local Jewish history and contemporary life
Navigate the canals of the Tigre Delta at the mouth of the Parana River

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines Costa Rica Adventure+ Ambassadors to Argentina. At the end of Costa Rica Adventure, those making the connection will continue on to Argentina, generally arriving around the same time as the remainder of the Ambassadors to Argentina group. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from Costa Rica to Argentina is included as part of our optional supervised flight. This experience can also be enjoyed by other participants who choose to only participate in one portion of the experience. Thus, the makeup of the group may change between the two combined experiences.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday |  Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Arrival to San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Evening: Welcome to Costa Rica! Get to know each other with fun, interactive icebreakers

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Along the Pacific Coast

  • Kayak the Pacific coastline in Jacó
  • Drive to Playa Azul to help clean up the beach
  • Get up-close with crocodiles, iguanas, lizards and more on a boat tour on the Tarcoles River
  • Travel to the hotel in Jacó and check-in to accommodations
  • After dinner, visit Jacó’s Market to work as a team and pack lunches for Thursday’s picnic

Overnight: Jaco, Costa Rica

DAY #3 | Thursday | Manuel Antonio

  • Explore the expansive beaches and evergreen forest of the Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful nature of the park
  • Relax after a long day with a delicious BBQ dinner back at the hotel

Overnight: Jaco, Costa Rica

DAY #4 | Friday | The Canopy

  • Zip-lining through the canopy of Los Sueños
  • Lunch, folkloric show and volunteer activity with the residents of the senior citizens home in
    Quebrada Ganado
  • Depart to San Jose
  • Check-in to accommodations and prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Shaare Zion Congregation
  • Shabbat dinner at Aish Hatorah

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in San Jose

  • Shabbat programming and lunch with the Jewish community of San Jose
  • Enjoy an afternoon of sports at the Costa Rica Tennis Club
  • Celebrate Havdalah – the start of a new week
  • Spend the evening jumping on trampolines at Sky Jump

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #6 | Sunday | Rafting on the Pacuare River

  • Wake up early and travel through Turrialba en route to the Pacuare River
  • Begin a full-day of white water rafting on the rushing rapids of the Pacuare River
  • Pizur dinner and shopping time at the mall

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #7 | Monday | Punta Arenas

  • Spend time volunteering with “Boy with A Ball”, an organization that works to better cities by
    reaching young people and equipping them to be leaders
  • Travel to Punta Arenas
  • Visit the Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary, home to Macaws being rehabilitated
  • Travel to Monteverde and check-in to accommodations

Overnight: Monteverde, Costa Rica

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Selvatura Park

  • Explore the hanging bridges, amphibians and reptiles exhibit at Selvatura Park
  • Walk through the picturesque village of Santa Elena
  • Ecological night tour of the cloud forest. Walk through the forest looking for nocturnal wildlife

Overnight: Monteverde, Costa Rica

DAY #9 | Wednesday | La Fortuna

  • Check-out of hotel and head to La Fortuna
  • Drive around the largest lake of Costa Rica – Lake Arenal
  • Pilgrimage walk with local students on Don Juan Farm
  • Descend to the base of La Fortuna waterfalls and cool-off in the river
  • Check-in to accommodations

Overnight: La Fortuna, Costa Rica

DAY #10 | Thursday | Los Chiles

  • Keep an eye out for wildlife while on a boat ride in Rio Frio
  • After lunch, return to La Fortuna
  • Rest and rejuvenate in the Baldi Hot Springs

Overnight: La Fortuna, Costa Rica

DAY #11 | Friday | Arenal National Park

  • Explore Arenal National Park – Hike to the base of an active volcano for a stunning view!
  • Depart to Rancho Margot, orientation to the eco-lodge Ranch and everything it has to offer
  • Afternoon activity – your choice of horseback riding or ranch tour!
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at Rancho Margot

Overnight: Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in Rancho Margot

  • Morning yoga class at the ranch
  • Horseback riding or ranch tour (whichever you did not do the previous day)
  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Tour Rancho Margot and its beautiful nature trails
  • Choice of afternoon activities including yoga, soccer and relaxing at the pool
  • Welcome in the new week with Havdalah
  • Enjoy a dance performance by a local dance group

Overnight: Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

DAY #13 | Sunday | San Jose – the Capital of Costa Rica

  • Check-out of hotel and head to the Oxcart Factory for shopping
  • Hike to the waterfall of Los Chorros
  • Lunch and free time in Alajuela
  • Travel to San Jose and check-in to accommodations
  • Closing ceremony and a soccer game with the kids from “Boy with the Ball”

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #14 | Monday | Head to Argentina

  • Depart from San Jose Airport and travel to Buenos Aires

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Relax and Recharge

  • Spend the day preparing for the second leg of your program- this means doing your laundry and taking the time to recharge before you meet teens coming from North America

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Welcome to Argentina

  • Meet your group in the morning with breakfast at a local restaurant and meet the Argentinian teens
  • Tour Buenos Aires – Palermo Gardens and Recoleta
  • Check into accommodations, get settled and relax

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #17 | Thursday | Jewish Buenos Aires

  • Tour of the Jewish sites including AMIA, and Libertad Synagogue
  • Pizur lunch in the city
  • Take a city tour to the north of the city
  • Return to accommodations for free time and dinner
  • Enjoy an evening out for ice cream near the hotel

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #18 | Friday | Service Day

  • Travel outside Buenos Aires for a day-long service project
  • Classify food at a local food pantry to serve a community in need and visit a local soup kitchen
  • Return to Buenos Aires and prepare for Shabbat
  • Travel to Pilar and the Hebraica campus
  • Experience Jewish traditions in Argentina at the Hebraica campus in Pilar

Overnight: Pilar, Argentina

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Buenos Aires

  • Shabbat service options and lunch as a group
  • Explore the Hebraica campus – Sports, activities, and free time
  • Close Shabbat with Tango lessons and begin the new week with Havdalah

Overnight: Pilar, Argentina

DAY #20 | Sunday | Parana River

  • Breakfast and morning activities with host families
  • Lunch at Hebraica
  • Head to the airport and enjoy a snack together before departure
  • Board a domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu, in the far north of Argentina

Overnight: Iguazu,  Argentina

DAY #21 | Monday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Enjoy a full day in Iguazu National Park
  • Take part in the Great Adventure tour, navigating near the falls and in the jungle by truck
  • View a wide range of animals in one of Argentina’s most eco-diverse regions

Overnight: Iguaz, Argentina

DAY #22 | Tuesday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Visit an Argentine national park to walk through a waterfall to Macucos road – look out for monkeys!
  • Enjoy free time for group discussion and exploration
  • Dinner and evening programming with the group

Overnight: Iguazu, Argentina

DAY #23 | Wednesday | Buenos Aires

  • Fly back from Iguazu to Buenos Aires
  • Experience local retail with your peers at a nearby mall
  • Experience the Fuerza Bruta show in Recoleta
  • Gather together for and Ice cream and coffee social

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #24 | Thursday | Fun in the sun

  • Travel to Tigre, just north of Buenos Aires for the day
  • River tour through Tigre Delta and surrounding areas
  • Adventure activities and beach time at Delta Terra
  • Dinner and free time at the hotel

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #25 | Friday | Parque de la Memoria

  • Visit the Parque de la Memoria for a day of exploration and learning about Human Rights in Argentina
  • Lunch followed by a visit to the beautiful Japanese Gardens
  • Return to our accommodation to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Libertad Synagogue and dinner with the local community

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #26 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Group Shabbat service and morning activities
  • Afternoon walk to Recoleta
  • Farewell dinner party

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #27 | Sunday | San Telmo and Boca

  • Explore the colorful open-air markets of San Telmo and Boca neighborhoods
  • Watch tango dancing in the streets and shop for local crafts
  • Final farewells and board overnight flight back to the United States

DAY #28 | Monday | Farewell

  • Arrive back to the United States in the morning

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

What if my teen is considered an unaccompanied minor?
Each airline has its own rules for mandatory “unaccompanied minors” and additional fees do apply. If your teen is 15 years or younger, then please refer to your chosen airline for information and contact us well in advance (2-3 weeks), if special arrangements need to be made with our staff.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
In the Dominican Republic, the group stays in 3-star hotels. In Argentina, the group stays in several different kinds of accommodations, including 3-star hotels, camp dormitories, and host families (spend a night at a home of one of our community members). When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
The group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The Dominican Republic is a tropical country but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. June and July fall within the Dominican Republic’s rainy season. This means that rain is common, often ocurring in the late afternoon or evening.

August falls at the end of Argentina’s winter. Expect it to be in the 50s-60s in Buenos Aires and 70s-80s in Iguazu. We suggest bringing layers and a winter jacket.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with a guard in Argentina. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in the Dominican Republic is 15 teens and 25 teens (including local Argentinian teens) in Argentina. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?

As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In both the Dominican Republic and Argentina, expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on this trip.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter the Dominican Republic or Argentina. If you travel with a passport from another country, you may need a visa. Contact your nearest Bulgarian/Israeli embassy or consulate for additional details.

Will I need any vaccines?
BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can check our immunization policy. There are no additional immunizations required aside from regularly mandated routine immunizations. However, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving.We recommend that you consult with your teen’s physician as well as the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines Costa Rica Adventure #2 + Ambassadors to Argentina. At the end of Costa Rica Adventure, those making the connection will continue on to Argentina, generally arriving around the same time as the remainder of the Ambassadors to Argentina group. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from Costa Rica to Argentina is included as part of our optional supervised flight. Learn more about how connections work. This experience can also be enjoyed by other participants who choose to only participate in one portion of the experience. Thus, the makeup of the group may change between the two combined experiences.

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

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TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

 

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On Costa Rica Adventure teens will combines outdoor exploration and cross-cultural adventure in the heart of Central America. Experience Shabbat with the local community, search for jungle wildlife on a nighttime safari, and explore your Jewish identity through the lens of life in Costa Rica. 

Then continue on to the heart of South America on Ambassadors to Argentina, a two-week experience that pairs Jewish teens from North America with their peers from Buenos Aires. Together you’ll take part in joint service projects, go on bonding adventures at Iguazu Falls, immerse yourself in local Jewish communal life firsthand, spend a memorable Shabbat with a host family, and explore beautiful Buenos Aires—known as the Paris of South America!

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore Monteverde’s cloud forests and swim under waterfalls

Volunteer with local youth, Haitian migrants and for the Jewish community.

Get to know the local Jewish community is Sosusa and Santo Domingo.

Search for jungle wildlife on a nighttime safari

Go kayaking in the Pacific Ocean and relax on the beach!

Meet with local Costa Rican teens and take part in meaningful service projects

Hike to an active volcano and take a dip in a hot springs thermal pool.
Get up close with crocodiles, iguanas, lizards and more on a boat tour on the Tarcoles River
Explore Argentina alongside local Jewish teens
Visit the stunning Iguazu waterfalls
Experience the lush rain forest by zip line, boat and on foot
Take part in volunteer projects with the local Jewish community in Buenos Aires
Spend a meaningful Shabbat in Buenos Aires with host familes
Tour the world class and stylish city of Buenos Aires
Learn about local Jewish history and contemporary life
Navigate the canals of the Tigre Delta at the mouth of the Parana River

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines Costa Rica Adventure+ Ambassadors to Argentina. At the end of Costa Rica Adventure, those making the connection will continue on to Argentina, generally arriving around the same time as the remainder of the Ambassadors to Argentina group. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from Costa Rica to Argentina is included as part of our optional supervised flight. This experience can also be enjoyed by other participants who choose to only participate in one portion of the experience. Thus, the makeup of the group may change between the two combined experiences.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday |  Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Arrival to San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Evening: Welcome to Costa Rica! Get to know each other with fun, interactive icebreakers

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Along the Pacific Coast

  • Kayak the Pacific coastline in Jacó
  • Drive to Playa Azul to help clean up the beach
  • Get up-close with crocodiles, iguanas, lizards and more on a boat tour on the Tarcoles River
  • Travel to the hotel in Jacó and check-in to accommodations
  • After dinner, visit Jacó’s Market to work as a team and pack lunches for Thursday’s picnic

Overnight: Jaco, Costa Rica

DAY #3 | Thursday | Manuel Antonio

  • Explore the expansive beaches and evergreen forest of the Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful nature of the park
  • Relax after a long day with a delicious BBQ dinner back at the hotel

Overnight: Jaco, Costa Rica

DAY #4 | Friday | The Canopy

  • Zip-lining through the canopy of Los Sueños
  • Lunch, folkloric show and volunteer activity with the residents of the senior citizens home in
    Quebrada Ganado
  • Depart to San Jose
  • Check-in to accommodations and prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Shaare Zion Congregation
  • Shabbat dinner at Aish Hatorah

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in San Jose

  • Shabbat programming and lunch with the Jewish community of San Jose
  • Enjoy an afternoon of sports at the Costa Rica Tennis Club
  • Celebrate Havdalah – the start of a new week
  • Spend the evening jumping on trampolines at Sky Jump

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #6 | Sunday | Rafting on the Pacuare River

  • Wake up early and travel through Turrialba en route to the Pacuare River
  • Begin a full-day of white water rafting on the rushing rapids of the Pacuare River
  • Pizur dinner and shopping time at the mall

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #7 | Monday | Punta Arenas

  • Spend time volunteering with “Boy with A Ball”, an organization that works to better cities by
    reaching young people and equipping them to be leaders
  • Travel to Punta Arenas
  • Visit the Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary, home to Macaws being rehabilitated
  • Travel to Monteverde and check-in to accommodations

Overnight: Monteverde, Costa Rica

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Selvatura Park

  • Explore the hanging bridges, amphibians and reptiles exhibit at Selvatura Park
  • Walk through the picturesque village of Santa Elena
  • Ecological night tour of the cloud forest. Walk through the forest looking for nocturnal wildlife

Overnight: Monteverde, Costa Rica

DAY #9 | Wednesday | La Fortuna

  • Check-out of hotel and head to La Fortuna
  • Drive around the largest lake of Costa Rica – Lake Arenal
  • Pilgrimage walk with local students on Don Juan Farm
  • Descend to the base of La Fortuna waterfalls and cool-off in the river
  • Check-in to accommodations

Overnight: La Fortuna, Costa Rica

DAY #10 | Thursday | Los Chiles

  • Keep an eye out for wildlife while on a boat ride in Rio Frio
  • After lunch, return to La Fortuna
  • Rest and rejuvenate in the Baldi Hot Springs

Overnight: La Fortuna, Costa Rica

DAY #11 | Friday | Arenal National Park

  • Explore Arenal National Park – Hike to the base of an active volcano for a stunning view!
  • Depart to Rancho Margot, orientation to the eco-lodge Ranch and everything it has to offer
  • Afternoon activity – your choice of horseback riding or ranch tour!
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at Rancho Margot

Overnight: Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in Rancho Margot

  • Morning yoga class at the ranch
  • Horseback riding or ranch tour (whichever you did not do the previous day)
  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Tour Rancho Margot and its beautiful nature trails
  • Choice of afternoon activities including yoga, soccer and relaxing at the pool
  • Welcome in the new week with Havdalah
  • Enjoy a dance performance by a local dance group

Overnight: Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

DAY #13 | Sunday | San Jose – the Capital of Costa Rica

  • Check-out of hotel and head to the Oxcart Factory for shopping
  • Hike to the waterfall of Los Chorros
  • Lunch and free time in Alajuela
  • Travel to San Jose and check-in to accommodations
  • Closing ceremony and a soccer game with the kids from “Boy with the Ball”

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #14 | Monday | Head to Argentina

  • Depart from San Jose Airport and travel to Buenos Aires

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Relax and Recharge

  • Spend the day preparing for the second leg of your program- this means doing your laundry and taking the time to recharge before you meet teens coming from North America

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Welcome to Argentina

  • Meet your group in the morning with breakfast at a local restaurant and meet the Argentinian teens
  • Tour Buenos Aires – Palermo Gardens and Recoleta
  • Check into accommodations, get settled and relax

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #17 | Thursday | Jewish Buenos Aires

  • Tour of the Jewish sites including AMIA, and Libertad Synagogue
  • Pizur lunch in the city
  • Take a city tour to the north of the city
  • Return to accommodations for free time and dinner
  • Enjoy an evening out for ice cream near the hotel

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #18 | Friday | Service Day

  • Travel outside Buenos Aires for a day-long service project
  • Classify food at a local food pantry to serve a community in need and visit a local soup kitchen
  • Return to Buenos Aires and prepare for Shabbat
  • Travel to Pilar and the Hebraica campus
  • Experience Jewish traditions in Argentina at the Hebraica campus in Pilar

Overnight: Pilar, Argentina

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Buenos Aires

  • Shabbat service options and lunch as a group
  • Explore the Hebraica campus – Sports, activities, and free time
  • Close Shabbat with Tango lessons and begin the new week with Havdalah

Overnight: Pilar, Argentina

DAY #20 | Sunday | Parana River

  • Breakfast and morning activities with host families
  • Lunch at Hebraica
  • Head to the airport and enjoy a snack together before departure
  • Board a domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu, in the far north of Argentina

Overnight: Iguazu,  Argentina

DAY #21 | Monday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Enjoy a full day in Iguazu National Park
  • Take part in the Great Adventure tour, navigating near the falls and in the jungle by truck
  • View a wide range of animals in one of Argentina’s most eco-diverse regions

Overnight: Iguaz, Argentina

DAY #22 | Tuesday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Visit an Argentine national park to walk through a waterfall to Macucos road – look out for monkeys!
  • Enjoy free time for group discussion and exploration
  • Dinner and evening programming with the group

Overnight: Iguazu, Argentina

DAY #23 | Wednesday | Buenos Aires

  • Fly back from Iguazu to Buenos Aires
  • Experience local retail with your peers at a nearby mall
  • Experience the Fuerza Bruta show in Recoleta
  • Gather together for and Ice cream and coffee social

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #24 | Thursday | Fun in the sun

  • Travel to Tigre, just north of Buenos Aires for the day
  • River tour through Tigre Delta and surrounding areas
  • Adventure activities and beach time at Delta Terra
  • Dinner and free time at the hotel

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #25 | Friday | Parque de la Memoria

  • Visit the Parque de la Memoria for a day of exploration and learning about Human Rights in Argentina
  • Lunch followed by a visit to the beautiful Japanese Gardens
  • Return to our accommodation to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Libertad Synagogue and dinner with the local community

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #26 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Group Shabbat service and morning activities
  • Afternoon walk to Recoleta
  • Farewell dinner party

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #27 | Sunday | San Telmo and Boca

  • Explore the colorful open-air markets of San Telmo and Boca neighborhoods
  • Watch tango dancing in the streets and shop for local crafts
  • Final farewells and board overnight flight back to the United States

DAY #28 | Monday | Farewell

  • Arrive back to the United States in the morning

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

What if my teen is considered an unaccompanied minor?
Each airline has its own rules for mandatory “unaccompanied minors” and additional fees do apply. If your teen is 15 years or younger, then please refer to your chosen airline for information and contact us well in advance (2-3 weeks), if special arrangements need to be made with our staff.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
In the Dominican Republic, the group stays in 3-star hotels. In Argentina, the group stays in several different kinds of accommodations, including 3-star hotels, camp dormitories, and host families (spend a night at a home of one of our community members). When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
The group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The Dominican Republic is a tropical country but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. June and July fall within the Dominican Republic’s rainy season. This means that rain is common, often ocurring in the late afternoon or evening.

August falls at the end of Argentina’s winter. Expect it to be in the 50s-60s in Buenos Aires and 70s-80s in Iguazu. We suggest bringing layers and a winter jacket.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with a guard in Argentina. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in the Dominican Republic is 15 teens and 25 teens (including local Argentinian teens) in Argentina. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?

As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In both the Dominican Republic and Argentina, expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on this trip.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter the Dominican Republic or Argentina. If you travel with a passport from another country, you may need a visa. Contact your nearest Bulgarian/Israeli embassy or consulate for additional details.

Will I need any vaccines?
BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can check our immunization policy. There are no additional immunizations required aside from regularly mandated routine immunizations. However, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving.We recommend that you consult with your teen’s physician as well as the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines Costa Rica Adventure #2 + Ambassadors to Argentina. At the end of Costa Rica Adventure, those making the connection will continue on to Argentina, generally arriving around the same time as the remainder of the Ambassadors to Argentina group. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from Costa Rica to Argentina is included as part of our optional supervised flight. Learn more about how connections work. This experience can also be enjoyed by other participants who choose to only participate in one portion of the experience. Thus, the makeup of the group may change between the two combined experiences.

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

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TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

LATIN AMERICA ADVENTURE

Expand your horizons across the Americas combining a rewarding experience in Costa Rica followed by a true cross-cultural journey with local Jewish teens on Ambassadors to Argentina.

LATIN AMERICA ADVENTURE

Expand your horizons across the Americas combining a rewarding experience in Costa Rica followed by a true cross-cultural journey with local Jewish teens on Ambassadors to Argentina.

On Costa Rica Adventure teens will combines outdoor exploration and cross-cultural adventure in the heart of Central America. Experience Shabbat with the local community, search for jungle wildlife on a nighttime safari, and explore your Jewish identity through the lens of life in Costa Rica. 

Then continue on to the heart of South America on Ambassadors to Argentina, a two-week experience that pairs Jewish teens from North America with their peers from Buenos Aires. Together you’ll take part in joint service projects, go on bonding adventures at Iguazu Falls, immerse yourself in local Jewish communal life firsthand, spend a memorable Shabbat with a host family, and explore beautiful Buenos Aires—known as the Paris of South America!

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore Monteverde’s cloud forests and swim under waterfalls

Volunteer with local youth, Haitian migrants and for the Jewish community.

Get to know the local Jewish community is Sosusa and Santo Domingo.

Search for jungle wildlife on a nighttime safari

Go kayaking in the Pacific Ocean and relax on the beach!

Meet with local Costa Rican teens and take part in meaningful service projects

Hike to an active volcano and take a dip in a hot springs thermal pool.
Get up close with crocodiles, iguanas, lizards and more on a boat tour on the Tarcoles River
Explore Argentina alongside local Jewish teens
Visit the stunning Iguazu waterfalls
Experience the lush rain forest by zip line, boat and on foot
Take part in volunteer projects with the local Jewish community in Buenos Aires
Spend a meaningful Shabbat in Buenos Aires with host familes
Tour the world class and stylish city of Buenos Aires
Learn about local Jewish history and contemporary life
Navigate the canals of the Tigre Delta at the mouth of the Parana River

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines Costa Rica Adventure+ Ambassadors to Argentina. At the end of Costa Rica Adventure, those making the connection will continue on to Argentina, generally arriving around the same time as the remainder of the Ambassadors to Argentina group. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from Costa Rica to Argentina is included as part of our optional supervised flight. This experience can also be enjoyed by other participants who choose to only participate in one portion of the experience. Thus, the makeup of the group may change between the two combined experiences.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday |  Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Arrival to San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Evening: Welcome to Costa Rica! Get to know each other with fun, interactive icebreakers

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Along the Pacific Coast

  • Kayak the Pacific coastline in Jacó
  • Drive to Playa Azul to help clean up the beach
  • Get up-close with crocodiles, iguanas, lizards and more on a boat tour on the Tarcoles River
  • Travel to the hotel in Jacó and check-in to accommodations
  • After dinner, visit Jacó’s Market to work as a team and pack lunches for Thursday’s picnic

Overnight: Jaco, Costa Rica

DAY #3 | Thursday | Manuel Antonio

  • Explore the expansive beaches and evergreen forest of the Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful nature of the park
  • Relax after a long day with a delicious BBQ dinner back at the hotel

Overnight: Jaco, Costa Rica

DAY #4 | Friday | The Canopy

  • Zip-lining through the canopy of Los Sueños
  • Lunch, folkloric show and volunteer activity with the residents of the senior citizens home in
    Quebrada Ganado
  • Depart to San Jose
  • Check-in to accommodations and prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Shaare Zion Congregation
  • Shabbat dinner at Aish Hatorah

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in San Jose

  • Shabbat programming and lunch with the Jewish community of San Jose
  • Enjoy an afternoon of sports at the Costa Rica Tennis Club
  • Celebrate Havdalah – the start of a new week
  • Spend the evening jumping on trampolines at Sky Jump

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #6 | Sunday | Rafting on the Pacuare River

  • Wake up early and travel through Turrialba en route to the Pacuare River
  • Begin a full-day of white water rafting on the rushing rapids of the Pacuare River
  • Pizur dinner and shopping time at the mall

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #7 | Monday | Punta Arenas

  • Spend time volunteering with “Boy with A Ball”, an organization that works to better cities by
    reaching young people and equipping them to be leaders
  • Travel to Punta Arenas
  • Visit the Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary, home to Macaws being rehabilitated
  • Travel to Monteverde and check-in to accommodations

Overnight: Monteverde, Costa Rica

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Selvatura Park

  • Explore the hanging bridges, amphibians and reptiles exhibit at Selvatura Park
  • Walk through the picturesque village of Santa Elena
  • Ecological night tour of the cloud forest. Walk through the forest looking for nocturnal wildlife

Overnight: Monteverde, Costa Rica

DAY #9 | Wednesday | La Fortuna

  • Check-out of hotel and head to La Fortuna
  • Drive around the largest lake of Costa Rica – Lake Arenal
  • Pilgrimage walk with local students on Don Juan Farm
  • Descend to the base of La Fortuna waterfalls and cool-off in the river
  • Check-in to accommodations

Overnight: La Fortuna, Costa Rica

DAY #10 | Thursday | Los Chiles

  • Keep an eye out for wildlife while on a boat ride in Rio Frio
  • After lunch, return to La Fortuna
  • Rest and rejuvenate in the Baldi Hot Springs

Overnight: La Fortuna, Costa Rica

DAY #11 | Friday | Arenal National Park

  • Explore Arenal National Park – Hike to the base of an active volcano for a stunning view!
  • Depart to Rancho Margot, orientation to the eco-lodge Ranch and everything it has to offer
  • Afternoon activity – your choice of horseback riding or ranch tour!
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at Rancho Margot

Overnight: Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in Rancho Margot

  • Morning yoga class at the ranch
  • Horseback riding or ranch tour (whichever you did not do the previous day)
  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Tour Rancho Margot and its beautiful nature trails
  • Choice of afternoon activities including yoga, soccer and relaxing at the pool
  • Welcome in the new week with Havdalah
  • Enjoy a dance performance by a local dance group

Overnight: Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

DAY #13 | Sunday | San Jose – the Capital of Costa Rica

  • Check-out of hotel and head to the Oxcart Factory for shopping
  • Hike to the waterfall of Los Chorros
  • Lunch and free time in Alajuela
  • Travel to San Jose and check-in to accommodations
  • Closing ceremony and a soccer game with the kids from “Boy with the Ball”

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #14 | Monday | Head to Argentina

  • Depart from San Jose Airport and travel to Buenos Aires

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Relax and Recharge

  • Spend the day preparing for the second leg of your program- this means doing your laundry and taking the time to recharge before you meet teens coming from North America

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Welcome to Argentina

  • Meet your group in the morning with breakfast at a local restaurant and meet the Argentinian teens
  • Tour Buenos Aires – Palermo Gardens and Recoleta
  • Check into accommodations, get settled and relax

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #17 | Thursday | Jewish Buenos Aires

  • Tour of the Jewish sites including AMIA, and Libertad Synagogue
  • Pizur lunch in the city
  • Take a city tour to the north of the city
  • Return to accommodations for free time and dinner
  • Enjoy an evening out for ice cream near the hotel

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #18 | Friday | Service Day

  • Travel outside Buenos Aires for a day-long service project
  • Classify food at a local food pantry to serve a community in need and visit a local soup kitchen
  • Return to Buenos Aires and prepare for Shabbat
  • Travel to Pilar and the Hebraica campus
  • Experience Jewish traditions in Argentina at the Hebraica campus in Pilar

Overnight: Pilar, Argentina

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Buenos Aires

  • Shabbat service options and lunch as a group
  • Explore the Hebraica campus – Sports, activities, and free time
  • Close Shabbat with Tango lessons and begin the new week with Havdalah

Overnight: Pilar, Argentina

DAY #20 | Sunday | Parana River

  • Breakfast and morning activities with host families
  • Lunch at Hebraica
  • Head to the airport and enjoy a snack together before departure
  • Board a domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu, in the far north of Argentina

Overnight: Iguazu,  Argentina

DAY #21 | Monday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Enjoy a full day in Iguazu National Park
  • Take part in the Great Adventure tour, navigating near the falls and in the jungle by truck
  • View a wide range of animals in one of Argentina’s most eco-diverse regions

Overnight: Iguaz, Argentina

DAY #22 | Tuesday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Visit an Argentine national park to walk through a waterfall to Macucos road – look out for monkeys!
  • Enjoy free time for group discussion and exploration
  • Dinner and evening programming with the group

Overnight: Iguazu, Argentina

DAY #23 | Wednesday | Buenos Aires

  • Fly back from Iguazu to Buenos Aires
  • Experience local retail with your peers at a nearby mall
  • Experience the Fuerza Bruta show in Recoleta
  • Gather together for and Ice cream and coffee social

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #24 | Thursday | Fun in the sun

  • Travel to Tigre, just north of Buenos Aires for the day
  • River tour through Tigre Delta and surrounding areas
  • Adventure activities and beach time at Delta Terra
  • Dinner and free time at the hotel

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #25 | Friday | Parque de la Memoria

  • Visit the Parque de la Memoria for a day of exploration and learning about Human Rights in Argentina
  • Lunch followed by a visit to the beautiful Japanese Gardens
  • Return to our accommodation to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Libertad Synagogue and dinner with the local community

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #26 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Group Shabbat service and morning activities
  • Afternoon walk to Recoleta
  • Farewell dinner party

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #27 | Sunday | San Telmo and Boca

  • Explore the colorful open-air markets of San Telmo and Boca neighborhoods
  • Watch tango dancing in the streets and shop for local crafts
  • Final farewells and board overnight flight back to the United States

DAY #28 | Monday | Farewell

  • Arrive back to the United States in the morning

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

What if my teen is considered an unaccompanied minor?
Each airline has its own rules for mandatory “unaccompanied minors” and additional fees do apply. If your teen is 15 years or younger, then please refer to your chosen airline for information and contact us well in advance (2-3 weeks), if special arrangements need to be made with our staff.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
In the Dominican Republic, the group stays in 3-star hotels. In Argentina, the group stays in several different kinds of accommodations, including 3-star hotels, camp dormitories, and host families (spend a night at a home of one of our community members). When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
The group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The Dominican Republic is a tropical country but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. June and July fall within the Dominican Republic’s rainy season. This means that rain is common, often ocurring in the late afternoon or evening.

August falls at the end of Argentina’s winter. Expect it to be in the 50s-60s in Buenos Aires and 70s-80s in Iguazu. We suggest bringing layers and a winter jacket.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with a guard in Argentina. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in the Dominican Republic is 15 teens and 25 teens (including local Argentinian teens) in Argentina. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?

As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In both the Dominican Republic and Argentina, expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on this trip.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter the Dominican Republic or Argentina. If you travel with a passport from another country, you may need a visa. Contact your nearest Bulgarian/Israeli embassy or consulate for additional details.

Will I need any vaccines?
BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can check our immunization policy. There are no additional immunizations required aside from regularly mandated routine immunizations. However, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving.We recommend that you consult with your teen’s physician as well as the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines Costa Rica Adventure #2 + Ambassadors to Argentina. At the end of Costa Rica Adventure, those making the connection will continue on to Argentina, generally arriving around the same time as the remainder of the Ambassadors to Argentina group. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from Costa Rica to Argentina is included as part of our optional supervised flight. Learn more about how connections work. This experience can also be enjoyed by other participants who choose to only participate in one portion of the experience. Thus, the makeup of the group may change between the two combined experiences.

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

We know you'll love a BBYO Passport experience. But don't just take our word. Check out these real reviews from our past travelers and families.

 

On Costa Rica Adventure teens will combines outdoor exploration and cross-cultural adventure in the heart of Central America. Experience Shabbat with the local community, search for jungle wildlife on a nighttime safari, and explore your Jewish identity through the lens of life in Costa Rica. 

Then continue on to the heart of South America on Ambassadors to Argentina, a two-week experience that pairs Jewish teens from North America with their peers from Buenos Aires. Together you’ll take part in joint service projects, go on bonding adventures at Iguazu Falls, immerse yourself in local Jewish communal life firsthand, spend a memorable Shabbat with a host family, and explore beautiful Buenos Aires—known as the Paris of South America!

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Explore Monteverde’s cloud forests and swim under waterfalls

Volunteer with local youth, Haitian migrants and for the Jewish community.

Get to know the local Jewish community is Sosusa and Santo Domingo.

Search for jungle wildlife on a nighttime safari

Go kayaking in the Pacific Ocean and relax on the beach!

Meet with local Costa Rican teens and take part in meaningful service projects

Hike to an active volcano and take a dip in a hot springs thermal pool.
Get up close with crocodiles, iguanas, lizards and more on a boat tour on the Tarcoles River
Explore Argentina alongside local Jewish teens
Visit the stunning Iguazu waterfalls
Experience the lush rain forest by zip line, boat and on foot
Take part in volunteer projects with the local Jewish community in Buenos Aires
Spend a meaningful Shabbat in Buenos Aires with host familes
Tour the world class and stylish city of Buenos Aires
Learn about local Jewish history and contemporary life
Navigate the canals of the Tigre Delta at the mouth of the Parana River

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines Costa Rica Adventure+ Ambassadors to Argentina. At the end of Costa Rica Adventure, those making the connection will continue on to Argentina, generally arriving around the same time as the remainder of the Ambassadors to Argentina group. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from Costa Rica to Argentina is included as part of our optional supervised flight. This experience can also be enjoyed by other participants who choose to only participate in one portion of the experience. Thus, the makeup of the group may change between the two combined experiences.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Tuesday |  Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Arrival to San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Evening: Welcome to Costa Rica! Get to know each other with fun, interactive icebreakers

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Along the Pacific Coast

  • Kayak the Pacific coastline in Jacó
  • Drive to Playa Azul to help clean up the beach
  • Get up-close with crocodiles, iguanas, lizards and more on a boat tour on the Tarcoles River
  • Travel to the hotel in Jacó and check-in to accommodations
  • After dinner, visit Jacó’s Market to work as a team and pack lunches for Thursday’s picnic

Overnight: Jaco, Costa Rica

DAY #3 | Thursday | Manuel Antonio

  • Explore the expansive beaches and evergreen forest of the Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful nature of the park
  • Relax after a long day with a delicious BBQ dinner back at the hotel

Overnight: Jaco, Costa Rica

DAY #4 | Friday | The Canopy

  • Zip-lining through the canopy of Los Sueños
  • Lunch, folkloric show and volunteer activity with the residents of the senior citizens home in
    Quebrada Ganado
  • Depart to San Jose
  • Check-in to accommodations and prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Shaare Zion Congregation
  • Shabbat dinner at Aish Hatorah

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat in San Jose

  • Shabbat programming and lunch with the Jewish community of San Jose
  • Enjoy an afternoon of sports at the Costa Rica Tennis Club
  • Celebrate Havdalah – the start of a new week
  • Spend the evening jumping on trampolines at Sky Jump

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #6 | Sunday | Rafting on the Pacuare River

  • Wake up early and travel through Turrialba en route to the Pacuare River
  • Begin a full-day of white water rafting on the rushing rapids of the Pacuare River
  • Pizur dinner and shopping time at the mall

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #7 | Monday | Punta Arenas

  • Spend time volunteering with “Boy with A Ball”, an organization that works to better cities by
    reaching young people and equipping them to be leaders
  • Travel to Punta Arenas
  • Visit the Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary, home to Macaws being rehabilitated
  • Travel to Monteverde and check-in to accommodations

Overnight: Monteverde, Costa Rica

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Selvatura Park

  • Explore the hanging bridges, amphibians and reptiles exhibit at Selvatura Park
  • Walk through the picturesque village of Santa Elena
  • Ecological night tour of the cloud forest. Walk through the forest looking for nocturnal wildlife

Overnight: Monteverde, Costa Rica

DAY #9 | Wednesday | La Fortuna

  • Check-out of hotel and head to La Fortuna
  • Drive around the largest lake of Costa Rica – Lake Arenal
  • Pilgrimage walk with local students on Don Juan Farm
  • Descend to the base of La Fortuna waterfalls and cool-off in the river
  • Check-in to accommodations

Overnight: La Fortuna, Costa Rica

DAY #10 | Thursday | Los Chiles

  • Keep an eye out for wildlife while on a boat ride in Rio Frio
  • After lunch, return to La Fortuna
  • Rest and rejuvenate in the Baldi Hot Springs

Overnight: La Fortuna, Costa Rica

DAY #11 | Friday | Arenal National Park

  • Explore Arenal National Park – Hike to the base of an active volcano for a stunning view!
  • Depart to Rancho Margot, orientation to the eco-lodge Ranch and everything it has to offer
  • Afternoon activity – your choice of horseback riding or ranch tour!
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner at Rancho Margot

Overnight: Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in Rancho Margot

  • Morning yoga class at the ranch
  • Horseback riding or ranch tour (whichever you did not do the previous day)
  • Shabbat programming and lunch
  • Tour Rancho Margot and its beautiful nature trails
  • Choice of afternoon activities including yoga, soccer and relaxing at the pool
  • Welcome in the new week with Havdalah
  • Enjoy a dance performance by a local dance group

Overnight: Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

DAY #13 | Sunday | San Jose – the Capital of Costa Rica

  • Check-out of hotel and head to the Oxcart Factory for shopping
  • Hike to the waterfall of Los Chorros
  • Lunch and free time in Alajuela
  • Travel to San Jose and check-in to accommodations
  • Closing ceremony and a soccer game with the kids from “Boy with the Ball”

Overnight: San Jose, Costa Rica

DAY #14 | Monday | Head to Argentina

  • Depart from San Jose Airport and travel to Buenos Aires

DAY #15 | Tuesday | Relax and Recharge

  • Spend the day preparing for the second leg of your program- this means doing your laundry and taking the time to recharge before you meet teens coming from North America

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Welcome to Argentina

  • Meet your group in the morning with breakfast at a local restaurant and meet the Argentinian teens
  • Tour Buenos Aires – Palermo Gardens and Recoleta
  • Check into accommodations, get settled and relax

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #17 | Thursday | Jewish Buenos Aires

  • Tour of the Jewish sites including AMIA, and Libertad Synagogue
  • Pizur lunch in the city
  • Take a city tour to the north of the city
  • Return to accommodations for free time and dinner
  • Enjoy an evening out for ice cream near the hotel

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #18 | Friday | Service Day

  • Travel outside Buenos Aires for a day-long service project
  • Classify food at a local food pantry to serve a community in need and visit a local soup kitchen
  • Return to Buenos Aires and prepare for Shabbat
  • Travel to Pilar and the Hebraica campus
  • Experience Jewish traditions in Argentina at the Hebraica campus in Pilar

Overnight: Pilar, Argentina

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Buenos Aires

  • Shabbat service options and lunch as a group
  • Explore the Hebraica campus – Sports, activities, and free time
  • Close Shabbat with Tango lessons and begin the new week with Havdalah

Overnight: Pilar, Argentina

DAY #20 | Sunday | Parana River

  • Breakfast and morning activities with host families
  • Lunch at Hebraica
  • Head to the airport and enjoy a snack together before departure
  • Board a domestic flight to Puerto Iguazu, in the far north of Argentina

Overnight: Iguazu,  Argentina

DAY #21 | Monday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Enjoy a full day in Iguazu National Park
  • Take part in the Great Adventure tour, navigating near the falls and in the jungle by truck
  • View a wide range of animals in one of Argentina’s most eco-diverse regions

Overnight: Iguaz, Argentina

DAY #22 | Tuesday | Iguazu Waterfalls

  • Visit an Argentine national park to walk through a waterfall to Macucos road – look out for monkeys!
  • Enjoy free time for group discussion and exploration
  • Dinner and evening programming with the group

Overnight: Iguazu, Argentina

DAY #23 | Wednesday | Buenos Aires

  • Fly back from Iguazu to Buenos Aires
  • Experience local retail with your peers at a nearby mall
  • Experience the Fuerza Bruta show in Recoleta
  • Gather together for and Ice cream and coffee social

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #24 | Thursday | Fun in the sun

  • Travel to Tigre, just north of Buenos Aires for the day
  • River tour through Tigre Delta and surrounding areas
  • Adventure activities and beach time at Delta Terra
  • Dinner and free time at the hotel

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #25 | Friday | Parque de la Memoria

  • Visit the Parque de la Memoria for a day of exploration and learning about Human Rights in Argentina
  • Lunch followed by a visit to the beautiful Japanese Gardens
  • Return to our accommodation to prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat services at Libertad Synagogue and dinner with the local community

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #26 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Group Shabbat service and morning activities
  • Afternoon walk to Recoleta
  • Farewell dinner party

Overnight: Recoleta, Argentina

DAY #27 | Sunday | San Telmo and Boca

  • Explore the colorful open-air markets of San Telmo and Boca neighborhoods
  • Watch tango dancing in the streets and shop for local crafts
  • Final farewells and board overnight flight back to the United States

DAY #28 | Monday | Farewell

  • Arrive back to the United States in the morning

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

What if my teen is considered an unaccompanied minor?
Each airline has its own rules for mandatory “unaccompanied minors” and additional fees do apply. If your teen is 15 years or younger, then please refer to your chosen airline for information and contact us well in advance (2-3 weeks), if special arrangements need to be made with our staff.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
In the Dominican Republic, the group stays in 3-star hotels. In Argentina, the group stays in several different kinds of accommodations, including 3-star hotels, camp dormitories, and host families (spend a night at a home of one of our community members). When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
The group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
The Dominican Republic is a tropical country but the weather varies greatly from region to region. In the highland areas you can expect cooler weather in the 60s to 70s. Along the lowland coast, the weather is typically in the 80s or even 90s during the day. June and July fall within the Dominican Republic’s rainy season. This means that rain is common, often ocurring in the late afternoon or evening.

August falls at the end of Argentina’s winter. Expect it to be in the 50s-60s in Buenos Aires and 70s-80s in Iguazu. We suggest bringing layers and a winter jacket.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we do travel with a guard in Argentina. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in the Dominican Republic is 15 teens and 25 teens (including local Argentinian teens) in Argentina. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

  • There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?

As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In both the Dominican Republic and Argentina, expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on this trip.

Will I need a visa?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – good news! – you don’t need a visa to enter the Dominican Republic or Argentina. If you travel with a passport from another country, you may need a visa. Contact your nearest Bulgarian/Israeli embassy or consulate for additional details.

Will I need any vaccines?
BBYO Passport requires its participants to be up-to-date with most vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can check our immunization policy. There are no additional immunizations required aside from regularly mandated routine immunizations. However, vaccine guidelines vary by country and are continually evolving.We recommend that you consult with your teen’s physician as well as the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines Costa Rica Adventure #2 + Ambassadors to Argentina. At the end of Costa Rica Adventure, those making the connection will continue on to Argentina, generally arriving around the same time as the remainder of the Ambassadors to Argentina group. Trip connections are always supervised and all-inclusive. The cost of the connecting flight from Costa Rica to Argentina is included as part of our optional supervised flight. Learn more about how connections work. This experience can also be enjoyed by other participants who choose to only participate in one portion of the experience. Thus, the makeup of the group may change between the two combined experiences.

TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

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TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

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TBD + TBD

An unsupervised connection
TBD Days | Current 9-12th Graders

Connection Dates
Dates TBD | TBD #3
Dates TBD | TBD #4

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: TBD (Pre-One-Day-Only Super Deal or Early Bird Pricing)
Flight Cost: TBA

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