July 30 – August 13, 2022

in Coronado, Costa Rica

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The discounted Tuition for FutureVets 2021 to Congress Delegates is $6,300.

It includes all program and educational costs, international air travel, accommodations for the duration of the trip, chaperones, three daily meals, and your personalized FutureVets Achievement and Leadership Certificate (mailed to you after the program), as well as any local transportation and international health insurance.

All international travel plans and accommodations will be arranged by our team and are included in the Tuition.

Tuition does not include recommended trip cancellation insurance, domestic airfare to the departure location for international travel (or other domestic transportation methods), passport fees, vaccinations, health records or tests, spending cash for souvenirs or snacks, or airline baggage fees.

Yes. Delegates and their families have the option to select an extended payment plan for the Tuition.

Payment options for 2022 enrollment:

Full Payment: $6,300

Payment Plan: Initial payment of $525 followed by 11 payments of $525 automatically charged every 30 days.

If enrollment in the Program and the first payment for enrollment is processed on or before March 21, 2021, enrollment may be canceled for a full refund of Tuition paid if a request is made in writing within 30 days of the first payment, regardless of whether that first payment is a full or partial payment. Refunds can take four to six weeks to process.

Beyond 30 days after the first payment, Tuition, including all deposits and payments paid, is non-refundable, but may be transferred through March 22, 2021 to a future Program on a space-available basis.

If enrollment in the Program and the first payment for enrollment is processed on or after March 22, 2021, Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable, including all deposits and payments paid.

We strongly encourage families to purchase travel insurance to cover travel and Tuition expenses in case of an unforeseen cancellation.

FutureVets is for students currently enrolled in high school and graduating in 2022, 2023, 2024 or 2025.

All attendees must have a burning passion to pursue a career in the veterinary field and be prepared to travel on an international adventure with a group of like-minded peers.

CongressLIVE Delegates are pre-approved to attend the program.

We take safety and security very seriously. The program staff is always available to our students. Each student will have a dedicated chaperone as well as other staff members who will be available 24/7 throughout the program. If any student has a problem or concern, we’re always there to help and offer support.

This program is for the mature student who can be trusted to follow instructions and act properly. As with travel to any international destination, general awareness, staying with the group as required by program policies, and guidance from our experienced staff will greatly reduce the likelihood of any safety concerns.

All students will be trained on safety and security measures as well as plans of response should a safety concern arise, either locally or elsewhere within the country.

We are closely monitoring the situation around COVID-19. Our evaluations include weekly communication with our host universities about the current situation on-the-ground and reviewing daily assessments from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) of COVID-19 both at home and abroad.

Should the situation globally and in our host country or the U.S. deteriorate such that FutureVets cannot be hosted next summer, we will honor your Tuition and your enrollment in a rescheduled program and will reach out to arrange this with you as soon as it’s appropriate.

If circumstances change and a Student needs to transfer their enrollment to another program, that can be done.

Enrollment may be transferred to a future program on a space-available basis through May 5, 2021. After that date, enrollment may not be changed.

It is required that all students be up-to-date on all routine immunizations stated on the CDC website, including DTaP, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, MMR, and Varicella (Chickenpox).

To access the clinical facilities in Costa Rica, students are also REQUIRED to have Typhoid and Rabies immunizations.

Note: Immunization fees are not included in the Tuition.

Students may also be asked to submit to temperature or other COVID-19-related screenings for travel, access to our host university’s facilities, and use of other facilities.

Yes. Students will need a passport valid through August 13, 2022 for entry into Costa Rica.

We strongly advise students to check or apply for their passport as soon as possible, as it can take four to six weeks to receive a new passport. 

Note: Passport fees are not included in the Tuition.

At this time, citizens of the U.S. do not require a visa to travel to Costa Rica, if they are staying for less than 90 days. We will alert students and parents if via requirements should change in the future.

Note: Visa fees are not included in the Tuition.

We have relationships with veterinary organizations and leaders in the education fields in Costa Rica, which allows students this superb access and experience. The veterinary school is located in Coronado, which is a safe, rural suburb of the capital city of San Jose. The students and chaperones will be staying in the modern, Americanized city of San Jose. Costa Rica is a very popular destination because of the country’s uniquely rich biodiversity.

Our relationship to prestigious universities and faculties in Costa Rica allows an elite level of access and cooperation for attending students.

While physician and veterinary student mentors will educate the students in English, basic English is spoken throughout San Jose, and less so outside of the city. Students will have the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in life in Costa Rica.

All FutureVets activities will take place at the San Francisco de Asis School of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and its affiliated hospitals and facilities.

Students will travel daily with chaperones to and from the veterinary school campus via private, scheduled transportation. Private motor coaches will be arranged for any excursions or activities that take place outside the area.

Students can bring all of the above. As with any travel, students will be reminded to be cautious about using their devices and to avoid being distracted by them while in public settings. Students are welcome to bring any personal items and spending money for the duration of the program.

Specific travel details, including flight numbers, travel times, and international airport departure location, will be provided to students no later than four months before the departure date. Students will need to arrange domestic transportation from their home to the international airport departure location and home again. 

Note: Domestic travel expenses are not included in the Tuition.

As a reminder, all international air travel, local transportation, and hotel accommodations will be arranged by our team, and are all included in the Tuition. Students’ international flights will be reserved as a group, along with the flights for the FutureVets team, who will accompany students on flights from the U.S. to the program location and back.

If a student becomes ill, is injured, or requires medical treatment on the trip, the chaperone to whom the student is assigned will bring the student to the emergency room and remain with them while parents are contacted immediately. Students will receive the best possible medical care on a VIP basis.

We require all students to submit emergency contact information and disclose medical conditions, allergies, dietary restrictions and/or special needs, prescriptions, etc., before the trip so that if it becomes necessary for the student to go to the hospital for any reason, our team has all this important information on hand.

Students will be chaperoned by a team of staff experienced in managing student programs. Chaperones accompany students on the international flight, stay in the same overnight accommodations, and accompany them on cultural excursions off campus to be available 24/7 to students.
Students will be split into smaller, more intimate groups for the program itself so they can participate in more activities, as well as experience a more hands-on approach.

Students and chaperones will reside in a local hotel in San Jose during the program, with daily transportation to the veterinary school. The hotel will be safe and comfortable with modern amenities. Student accommodations will be single-gender and double occupancy.

Strict curfews will be enforced for students throughout their stay. Each student will be assigned a specific chaperone to report to. Students will be chaperoned at all times when outside the care of the staff at the veterinary center and hospital. Parents may contact chaperones directly if they cannot reach their child for any reason.

Students will be asked to wear scrubs and a white lab coat for all sessions at the veterinary facilities.

For weekend excursions and time off from the hospital, students should pack comfortable/casual clothes. Students will receive a suggested packing list prior to departure.

August is part of Costa Rica’s long rainy season but is often regarded as an ideal time to travel to Costa Rica as the mornings are clear and sunny, and the temperatures are in the high 70s or low 80s. The majority of the rain falls in the afternoon or overnight throughout Costa Rica, but it is still smart to be prepared for all types of weather.

FutureVets Tuition includes all program costs, international airfare, accommodations, local in-country transportation, and meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Note: Students with special dietary restrictions are asked to submit this information with the required emergency contact, medical conditions, and prescription medication paperwork before the trip.

Students may want to bring pocket money for their own personal expenses, shopping, personal care items, etc. ($250-$300 should be more than adequate). Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in Costa Rica, followed by American Express, and Discover Card is rarely accepted. Parents should ask their credit card companies about their international transaction fees and alert them of the student’s international travel plans beforehand to avoid security holds.

Costa Rica’s currency is the Colón. Currently, 1000 Costa Rican Colónes equal about 1.75 USD. U.S. bank ATM cards can also be used in Costa Rica to obtain Colónes and U.S. dollars, and U.S. dollars are accepted at many vendors in Costa Rica. Students should check with their bank about foreign ATM transaction and conversion fees. To avoid additional fees, students may bring U.S. dollars that can be used at some vendors or can be exchanged for the local currency, which the FutureVets Team can facilitate on-site for students.

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