• What teachers are saying...

    "The difference is that two teachers started the program. They know what other teachers want, and the kids get attached to the very knowledgable atmosphere and connect so personally to the environment." -Christine Bisera (teacher)

    "This business is family-owned, not corporate. There are people we can talk to." -Bruce Whitman (teacher)

    “Thank you for such an amazing experience! I first came to Costa Rica in 2008 on another service trip with (my school) and was excited to have the opportunity to return. This trip was light-years above that trip and I’m leaving with many wonderful memories. I’ve also been doing service projects for 16 years and this was one of the best yet. I really loved working alongside the students, the Ticos, and the CE staff. Keep doing what you’re doing! Pura Vida!” –Teacher, Academy of Notre Dame (PA)

    “I have enjoyed all of my trips to Costa Rica, however CE steals the show in comparison to other travel companies. I learned so many new and different things on this trip, and I realize now that it is about the expedition mentality, the relationships and friendships that only CE offers. (They) took me to places I had never been to before, even though I traveled to this country
    7 times before.” –Bio Teacher, Emmaus High School (PA)

    “The balance of fun and education is very well done. The group did so much learning that they did not even realize it because they were having so much fun.” –Teacher, Porter Creek Secondary School, (Yukon, Canada)

    Testimonials-Teachers

    “Thank you for such an amazing experience! I first came to Costa Rica in 2008 on another service trip with (my school) and was excited to have the opportunity to return. This trip was light-years above that trip and I’m leaving with many wonderful memories. I’ve also been doing service projects for 16 years and this was one of the best yet. I really loved working alongside the students, the Ticos, and the CE staff. Keep doing what you’re doing! Pura Vida!” –Teacher, Academy of Notre Dame (PA)

    “I always learn on these trips. Things like new words, foods, animals, etc. The key for me is watching my students learn. I love to sit back and watch them take everything in. They truly did this on this trip. They were excited to learn anything and everything they could.” –Teacher, Stoneham High School (MA)

    “CE always meets & exceeds my expectations. Very good people to work with. Thanks for another wonderful experience.”
    –Professor, James Madison University (VA)

    “Roxana was great, she knows so much about so much. She knows how to relate the information in a great way and knows all the answers to all our questions, never impatient, and always gave us a smile. Roxy was very knowledgeable and passionate about her job. From the color-coded maps to the interpreting and information on the culture/country in general was a plus for this adventure. Roxy is a Costa Rican gem. She should be the national symbol for Costa Rica.”
    –Educators’ Journey participant, 2012

    “I don’t believe this trip could be any better than what I experienced. What a great experience for students to have. You all are phenomenal people. You have the vision needed to actually make a difference in the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” –Educators’ Journey participant, 2012

  • What Students are saying...

    “This trip (to Belize) made me change my major to language study so that I can learn Spanish and come back to Central America. I fell in love.” –Student, Alfred University (NY)

    “I loved the service activities that involved helping children at the two schools, including the homestays. These were my favorite activities because they were more than just fun and adventurous. They made me and my fellow students better people, improved our Spanish, and made us appreciate the great lifestyles and opportunity we have at home. Most of all, these specific activities allowed me to help people... but showed me that you don’t need much to be content in life.” –Student, Hammond School (SC)

    “I learned that the world has much more to offer than what I know. I did not see the world beyond the tall buildings, pollution, and city noise. I was not aware of how diverse the world actually was. How naïve and small minded I was is baffling, but now I am open minded and know that the world does not feed off of the community I live in.” –Student, Rise Academy (NJ)

    “I went into this trip thinking that it would be a fun trip where I could do cool things like ziplining and white water rafting, little did I know that it would truly change the way I look at life.” –Student, Melrose High School (MA)

    “I learned so much on this trip"my eyes have been opened to a greater global understanding. I wish there was a way to express this on paper, but there is none- thank you. One of the most valuable & interesting experiences I’ve had.” –Student, Meadowbrook School of Weston (MA)

    “I learned a ton about myself, I also learned a lot about Costa Rican families and people, for instance I learned the homestays were so welcoming. I also got to see a typical day for them, a typical meal, we really got to see how they live and that was an amazing unforgettable experience. This trip taught me a lot about others cultures and we got to go along with it and be a part of it.” –Earth Connect participant, 2012

  • What Parents are saying...

    “My daughter's trip to Costa Rica was life changing. First, she grew extremely close the students and chaperones in her group, many of whom she did not know well before her trip. Secondly, the two week adventure is absolutely the main reason why she chose her major in college and her current career path. After living in the ecosystem and realizing her passion for science, she majored in Biology and is currently pursuing a MS in Marine Mammal Science. I am convinced that the trip to Costa Rica planted the seeds of discovery in her in a way that only a hands on experience could have done.” –Parent, Episcopal Academy (PA)

    “These were just some of the stories we heard. They embodied a confidence that is now layered in their beings... We cannot wait to see pics today–facebook is a necessity we have been told because how can they keep in touch with Wendy and Sam? Thanks to everyone for the multitude of experiences educational, adventure, cultural and the expert care and imbuing them with ‘pura vida.’ Thank you so much and I think we will be signing up for next year!” –EarthConnect parent (MA)

  • What Families are saying...

    “(Our guide) was professional, friendly, funny, interesting, wanted us to have a good time, cautious of our safety, great with the kids, willing to come along with us, and made us enjoy the trip even more. He was a joy!” –Margot P. (PA)

    “Our trip was a great experience for our whole family—fun, relaxing, educational, and adventure-filled. We worked with Brian … to plan our itinerary and he did a fantastic job. He really took the time to learn about our family’s interests and to understand how we liked to travel. … Once we arrived at the airport we were happily in the care of (our guide) for the next 10 days. (He) was a wealth of knowledge about the country, the people and the places we visited. He was very attentive to our needs and truly enhanced our vacation by taking out much of the hassle that can inevitably come from traveling. We do plan to return one day soon and we will most definitely call on Chill Expeditions again.” –Jodi (CA)

    “Our guide became a family member at the start. We all immediately felt safe and taken care of. He saw that EVERY DETAIL was covered, told us what was happening and expected for each day. He was personable, kept the van clean, always appropriate and funny at the same time. Tolerant of our teenagers as well! He is patient and accommodated our every need.... (h)is care for our family exceeded anything I have ever experienced.” –Lukas Family (NY)

    “(My husband) says he sent a copy of our itinerary to several friends and told them to consider a trip with your group next year. We really appreciate what a great job Carlos did taking care of us. Every day of our vacation was exciting and fun, and we were especially impressed with the great restaurants.” –Sharon F. (TX)