Adventure and education collide during our three-month journey through the lush jungles, dizzying heights and breathtaking coasts of Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru. 

Our Latin America Gap Program takes advantage of our nearly 20 year history of exploration and service in Latin America and opens doors unimagined by the casual traveler.  Tucked away in a remote mountain village in Costa Rica, we discover the simplicity of “pura vida” working alongside our generous hosts to improve the village’s infrastructure. Flying through the forest canopy on ziplines, the vibrancy of life in the jungle beckons to us in the calls of toucans and howler monkeys. Partnering with local biologists on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, we witness the impact of human populations on the natural world. Navigate Ecuador’s Amazon jungle by canoe and partner with a local politician to explore the effects gold mining is having on the environment and indigenous communities. Treading in the footsteps of the Inca, we gain insight into an ancient culture as we explore the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. The abundance of life around us underscores the rich and unforgettable experiences of this Latin America Gap Semester.

Program Highlights

Delve into Latin American Culture and Language During a Homestay on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

Surf the Waves on Costa Rica’s Stunning Pacific Coast

Help Protect Olive Ridley Turtles Coming Ashore to Lay their Eggs

Discover the True Meaning of “Pura Vida” Working and Living in a Rural Costa Rican Village

Build Clean Stoves for Quechua Families in the Sacred Valley in the Peruvian Andes

Explore the Effects Gold Mining is having on the Amazon and Its People

Walk in the Footsteps of the Incas and Explore the Ancient Ruins of Machu Picchu

Facilitate Nutrition Education to Communities During a Homestay on the Shores of Lake Titicaca

Cost and Session Information

September 10 – December 8

90 days

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