Our Student Program Guides

Our guides have led Costa Rica Explorations student trips for over three combined decades. Their nationalities vary between United States and Costa Rica, but they all share a few things in common: exceptional leadership, unparalleled trustworthiness, and a light-hearted spirit. Your students will be in safe hands on Costa Rica Explorations trip.

jose-miguel-calvo-costa-rica-guideJosé Miguel Calvo Rivera

Born in Costa Rica in the small community of Sitio de Mata, one of our homestay communities, José Miguel has his certification as a Principal Guide in Costa Rica, and is a specialized guide in archeology of Costa Rica. He is trained in First Aid and CPR and has extensive training in ropes and cables.  He enjoys playing soccer and bird watching.

In the past, José Miguel has worked in a macadamia processing plant as well as on his family’s farm, which produces coffee and sugar cane.  He has also worked in construction, which recently came in handy while building his new home for his family.

He is a supportive husband and proud father of his little girl. José enjoys guiding, because it allows him to share his passion of his culture and Costa Rica’s diverse ecosystems with his students.  He especially likes guiding for Costa Rica Explorations, because it allows him to become a leader within is own community helping in its continual development.

kurt-studt-costa-rica-guideKurt Studt

Kurt has had a unique upbringing.  He is originally from California, but moved to Costa Rica in high school with his family and is now a permanent resident of Costa Rica.

He works as a primary guide and safety instructor and is motivated to keep Costa Rican adventure sports safe by teaching swift water rescue, technical rope rescue, First Aid and CPR certification courses to local guides. He also is a certified Naturalist Guide and is a walking encyclopedia!

He’s married to an incredible Costa Rican woman and has raised two daughters within one of our homestay communities. They are now adults and pursuing careers in education, linguistics, bio-technical engineering and sustainable rural development. Kurt’s wife and daughter have a small organic cocoa project that plants, cultivates, processes and sells pure chocolate locally.

Kurt is a wealth of knowledge and enjoys sharing his passions with others.  His hobbies include bird watching, cooking and working on his home.  His motivation behind being a guide is to share his knowledge and raise consciousness in younger, as well as, older generations.

sergio-amador-costa-rica-guideSergio Amador Muñoz

Born and raised in San José, Costa Rica, Sergio has a background in Graphic Design and Wildlife and Forest Management. He has put his training to good use in various capacities. Sergio has been working in the tourism industry for many years, operating, selling and creating unique itineraries for various travel companies throughout the country.

Sergio holds certifications in First Aid & CPR, Technical Rope Rescue, Swift Water Rescue and is also is a certified Naturalist Guide. He has studied English throughout his life and has travelled extensively throughout the United States, giving him a complete understanding of the culture and language.

He has a love of nature and conservation and enjoys seeing the positive impact ecotourism in Costa Rica has on people’s lives. Sergio enjoys cooking and eating healthy, flavorful foods. His attention to detail, love of his country, and emphasis on safety is an asset for the students he leads.

donna-white-costa-rica-guideDonna White

Donna hails from North Carolina, but enjoys the diversity Costa Rica offers. She has worked in the outdoor industry for the past 15 years.  Her work experience includes being a lead instructor for Outward Bound and a sea kayaking guide for Pirate Queen Paddling.

She holds certification in First Aid/CPR/AED and Wilderness First Responder. She also holds certifications in Whitewater Rescue/IRF Raft Guide/Technical Rope Rescue/Land Instructor Training/Instructor Judgment Training/Sea Kayak Training/Whitewater Kayak Training/NAUI and is an Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver.

Donna is passionate about being in nature and loves sharing her passion with her students.  One of her other hobbies is cooking.  She worked as a pastry chef for restaurants, and as a caterer for many years.  Other hobbies include kayaking, backpacking sailing, handicrafts and teaching herself to play the guitar.  She enjoys being a guide because it enables her to help students realize their potential.