Boat building project; deaf sponsorship tour. Golfito, Costa Rica

boat building

Training a Deaf Tour Guide

The need

75% of the Deaf in Costa Rica have no meaningful employment. Peace Trail International is on a mission to solve this problem by offering training in tourism and small business to the Deaf.


Costa Rica has a huge tourism market. Peace Trail International Inc, teaches sustainability, creates jobs and puts into practice working models of sustainability and using tourism as a vehicle for world change through education and building sustainable farming communities.

The project
Your team will be working together with a Costa Rican Deaf person in the building of boat to be used in Eco Toursim and to used as transportation to one of our farm communities.
You will learn basic boat building skills using the Stitch and glue method and /or Fiberglass cloth. You will be working side by side with an expert boat builder and your sponsored Costa Rican Deaf Trainee building the very boat that he or she will use as a lifelong career as a guide working for Peace trail. We wont complete the entire boat in 8 days ( we need to have some party time too) but we will get the boat to a place of dedication. The Deaf trainee will then complete the interior of the boat his/her self and go on to be trained in all the areas of Eco Tourism and boating. Your money, time and effort will be translated into a new life for your sponsored trainee. You may gain the confidence after this tour to go on to build your own boat.

Did you know? Lesco (Costa Rican Sign Language) is about 70% ASL? What an amazing opportunity for a cross cultural experience!
This tour is interpreted in ASL, Spanish, English, and Lesco.

Your Adventures
Here is some of what you will be doing.

Dominical Beach; An incredible beach on the rocky Pacific ocean, Waterfall hike and swimming, street vendors and cool stuff to buy. Surfing anyone ? Rent a board and try your luck at a world-famous surf destination. Also: local nightlife and party right on the beach.

Boat ride through Mangroves to Blue Beach; Collect Coconuts for drinking, learn how to dig for Pianguas at the roots of Mangroves; a local seafood delicacy, collect shells and drift wood on an endless deserted beach. Eat lunch under the shade of a Palm tree and meet some local fishermen, then.. take a lazy boat ride around the quaint port of Golfito while drinking cold beverages.

Rainforests hike to gorgeous water falls. Look for Giant Scarlet Macaw parrots, 3 kinds of monkeys including the Howler monkey, Jaguar, Tamandua, Tapir, some giant trees and myriads of flowers, and the Blue Morph butterfly, and more. Refresh yourself at a local tavern while you sit by the pool, drink local beverages and and watch local life.

Line fishing with Locals. From Golfito to the Golfo Dulce, we are famous for fishing and our local team members will take you to the catch. Everything you need is on the boat; fishing tackle, bait, cold drinks and lunch. Go ashore too for a nice walk in the jungle. (Crazy about fishing? Ask about our 2 day add-on fishing excurision to Mata Palo on our 30 ft boat, Food, Fishing, Camping, all included,for only $59pp)

Canopy Tour; Zip line tour through the Rainforests overlooking Golfito and the Golfo Dulce. Exhilarating, breath-taking experience!

Graduation party at the beach; we all eat and drink on a beach overlooking the bay of Golfito. Swim and play all day as you give your blessings to the new Deaf business owner.

Includes all in country transportation, 3 meals daily, lodging ( Hostel accommodations at the beach and at our school i(f you prefer to upgrade to a suite or to a private room please let us know and we will make arrangements. Add $140 person)

How to Book

Choose your dates from the Calendar to the right. Tour dates are July 11-17, November 4-20, December 11-17. Make your reservation, pay us nothing right now. We will bill you a small deposit later to reserve your spot. We will also send you an exact itinerary along with some photos of the places we will go and a list of travel items to bring along with other travel information.
Booking a flight: we will also notifying you when to book your flight. Best prices are about 21 days from departure. We will send you a list of airline recommendations.


“Why we created this tour” by Steven Behncke, Director of Peace Trail International.

I am a hearing man, the father of 8 children, one son who is deaf. During my deaf son’s life we have lived in the USA, Mexico and Costa Rica. Even though my son is a strong, loving, intuitive man. He has really struggled with getting connected with the skills needed to succeed in life. Not just job skills but also living skills, skills of comprehension and how to discover the world around him, how to find his people and how to expand his world. We saw a similar issue but with even less resources to draw from. As the founder of Peace Trail International and of Logos Academy Inc, my premise is finding solutions to difficult problems and creative thinking. My hope is that you not only catch the vision of our projects but of Peace Trail International itself and join hands with us in a community and make us an extension of your good will and intention to change the world for the better.

Thank you and blessings on your journey- Steven Behncke