Sponsoring Faculty/Staff:

The trip will be led by Dr. David Brackney, professor of physical science and dean of the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences and Adam Baron, Dean of Students. 

Program Itinerary:

The trip will be based at Portantorchas, 10 miles from the San Jose, the captial city. Portantorchas is part of Torchbearers of the Capernwray Missionary Fellowship. The first Center was founded in England in 1947. The ministry has 20 centers worldwide.

This GEO / eco-tourism trip will include three days at the beach in Manuel Antonio National Park, a small National Park located on the Pacific Coast, two days serving with a local ministry i.e. an orphanage, with refugees, or in construction, one day diving into the capital of San Jose; and one day visiting Waterfall Garden La paz and Paos Volcano (if this one is open).


Founded in 1991, Portantorchas is situated on five and half acres with colorful gardens and trees. The spacious living accommodations provide room for 30 students. This limited number creates a small family atmosphere, which leads to close fellowship and lasting friendships. The grounds are perfect for sports, picnics, and for spending quiet time with God.

Apply Now:

All students are welcome. There is limited space (only 10 students maximum). Pick up an application in the Center for Student Life or Dr. Brackney’s Office.


The all inclusive cost for the trip will be determined by the number of students who attend. Based on ten participants, the cost of the program is $1,500. This price includes round-trip flights, 8 nights of room and board, and all excursions, including a special rainforest canopy tour. 

Important Dates:

Applications are due Oct. 1, 2017 and should be submitted in the Center for Student Life. The first non-refundable deposit of $500 is due, Friday, Oct. 6 (payment made to the business office.) Two subsequent payments of $500 will be due Nov. 1, and Dec. 1.