Marcela Araya, Volleyball Program Coordinator

Hola from Costa Rica! My name is Marce Araya and I will be your main point of contact for the volleyball tour! I joined Beyond Sports after finishing my career at the University of Lousiana-Monroe where I set the indoor single-season and career records for digs and was an AVCA Sand Volleyball All-American. I've played for both Costa Rica's indoor and beach National Teams and this last summer, my playing partner and I won the final match in the Olympic Beach Qualifier securing Costa Rica's first ever Olympic berth in Rio 2016. After you accept your invitation, our first step will be setting up a time to speak over the phone. You'll be able to ask any questions you have about the trip and it will be an opportunity for me to get to know you a little bit before we meet in Costa Rica. In the months leading up to the trip, you should feel free to text, call or email me at any time if you or your parents have questions!


Pura vida,



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Women's Tour #1

May 13th - 21st

Women's Tour #2

May 23rd - 31st

Tour Cost


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Deposit: January 18th


2nd Payment: March 1st


Final Payment: April 5th


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Day 1: Arrival at San Jose International Airport (SJO). You will be greeted by Beyond staff and shuttled to the hotel. 

Day 2: Start the day with a morning practice, followed by community service activity coaching and playing volleyball with local Costa Rican youth. Match #1 in the evening.

Day 3: Morning tour of downtown San Jose; visiting the National Church, National Theatre and artisan’s market for souvenirs. Afternoon community service activity at local public school in San Jose before Match #2.


Day 4: Early departure for Arenal Volcano! Spend the morning zip- lining through rainforest canopy and over 100+ foot waterfalls! The evening will be spent at Baldi Resort and Hot Springs enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet and 25 natural mineral water hot springs! The perfect way to end a long day.

Day 5: Spend the morning exploring the beautiful town of La Fortuna at the base of Arenal Volcano before returning to San Jose in the afternoon. Match #3 in the evening against a local university team!

Day 6: Morning drive to Punta Leona Resort where you’ll spend the day on the beach soaking up the sun. Afternoon beach volleyball tournament before enjoying a team dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean!

Day 7: Leisure day to enjoy Punta Leona Resort and explore nature trails through the adjacent 750 acre wildlife refuge. Here you’ll have the opportunity to see toucans, monkeys, and sloths! Afternoon trip to the nearby beach town of Jaco for optional surf lessons!
Day 8: Final morning at the beach before returning to San Jose in the afternoon for our final community service activity. Farewell dinner and salsa dance class in the evening!

Day 9: Depart Costa Rica with memories that will last a lifetime!





Over the last six years of operating international experiences for thousands of college athletes, we've learned that parents typically have two questions:

1) Will my son/daughter be safe while abroad?

2) Can I come?

Our top concern at all times is student safety during our trips. In an effort to help make you as comfortable as possible before and during your student's experience abroad, we encourage you to set up a time to discuss safety with one of our Program Directors. Also, if you'd like to speak with the parent of a past participant, we'd be happy to facilitate that connection.

If you would like to join your student-athlete's tour, please fill out the form below. Please understand that we are unable to provide any logistical support to parents traveling independently of the tour.