Costa Rica: Service and Culture

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Program Description

Costa Rica is a magnificent nation where the national greeting “pura vida,” means pure life and is a way of expressing the joy that the local people feel in everyday life. The locals are friendly and hospitable and ready to welcome you to their beautiful home. Costa Rica is a diverse ecological landscape with gorgeous beaches, mind blowing waterfalls, rainforests, and active volcanoes. Conservation is an important part of life in Costa Rica and you will learn much from how environmental preservation is carried out. Be immersed with the local community and be an integral part of the Costa Rican community.

“One of the most memorable moments of this experience was my homestay parents telling me I was like a daughter to them.”

-Katie Smilow

“Before arriving in Costa Rica, I expected my role to be one of giving, but there turned out to be just as much receiving on my part. Overall, I found there to be a perfect balance of fun (in the waterfall rappel, daily soccer games with the community, zip lining, surf lessons, white water rafting, and group bonding in general), and growth (in the responsible risks we were encouraged to take, the adjustment required to live in such a new setting, the roles of leadership we frequently took on, and the beautiful cultural exchange that occurred)…I would highly recommend going to Costa Rica with Global Routes – I would definitely do it again if given the opportunity!”


Gain a solid grounding in the Spanish language as you help to with local projects
Live in a homestay and experience authentic Costa Rican life
Admire the breathtaking cloud forests
Go whitewater rafting and hike through the tropical rainforest
Learn to surf in the Pacific Ocean

What`s Included

Dates: Jun 30 – Jul 28 and Jul 31 – Aug 14

Starting/Ending Point: San Jose, Costa Rica

Program Fee: $5,595 (4 weeks), $3,795 (2 weeks). Travel expenses to and from San Jose are not included in the program fee. Global Routes arranges group travel. Round trip airfare from New York to San Jose will be approximately $800. Students are also encouraged to raise monies to help fund their service projects.

Group Size: maximum 18 students; 2 U.S. leaders; 2 Costa Rican Staff

Service Component:
2 week program: approx. 40-50 hours
4 week program: approx. 60-80 hours

Language Suggestions:
1-2 years of Spanish, but non required

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Program Locations

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Program Details

Global Routes
  • Costa Rica: San Jose
English, Spanish
School type:
Adventure Travel, Community Service / Volunteerism, Cultural Exploration, High School Study Abroad, Language Immersion
2-4 weeks
American, European, Worldwide
$5,595 (4 weeks), $3795 (2 weeks)
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