This WorldStamp Gap Semester Program allows students to engage meaningfully in 2 countries: Guatemala and Costa Rica. Designed for students ages 18 to 23, it interweaves volunteer service work, cultural immersion, language instruction, and travel. There is no Spanish prerequisite.
In Costa Rica, you have the opportunity to make a very real and immediate impact, actively fostering new development in towns, schools, and coffee plantations!
Our region of focus is called Dota (known locally as Los Santos). Dota is a mountainous, lush, tropical environment full of wildlife and foliage, approximately three hours south of San Jose. The chief source of income throughout the region is coffee. Our service work will focus on sustainable development and social entrepreneurship. As part of our service work, we'll learn about the entire supply chain of the coffee business from seed to plant to factory to cup. We'll learn about the farmers, the pickers, the cooperatives, the roasters all the way to the baristas. We'll also learn about local entrepreneurs who are developing low-impact eco-tourism as well as ecological and sustainable farming programs.)
Volunteering in Guatemala offers the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in this special place, while having real and meaningful impact working with the communities where you will stay. Projects are based on community needs and vary from trip to trip.