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    The Leap: Discover Costa Rica

    The Leap: Discover Costa Rica


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Destinations: Costa Rica
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Credit Awarded: None
    • Program Length: Six Weeks, Four Weeks
    • Start Month: January, March, April, July, September, October
    • Category: Environmental Conservation
    • Selective: Yes
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Other
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
    • Affiliation: Gap Year Association
    • Financial Aid: Not Available
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $4,999
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    The Discover Costa Rica program is a dynamic experience filled with adventure, immersion, and conservation efforts. 

    During this program, students will explore the stunning national parks, coffee growing mountains, and active volcanoes. The majority of their time will be spent on the Nicoya Peninsula on the northwest Pacific Coast. There, they will work alongside the local children and contribute to beach, forest, and turtle conservation. Then, they can expect to explore a cloud forest, refine their Spanish skills, and learn how to surf! The destinations may include the Jakera Camp, where students will spend their time at some of the world's top 10 best beaches. In addition to surfing and volunteering, students can look forward to exploring the local town, which is full of funky surf shops and nightspots. 

    Costa Rica Volunteering and Spanish


    Plastic, Turtles, Spanish and Surfing

    Embrace the ‘pura vida’ and join a team of volunteers on a planet-saving adventure that’ll take you right to the heart of Costa Rica, where you’ll meet a nation of fiercely proud and fun-loving ‘Ticos’.

    Join a team of leapers for 6 weeks to experience four glorious locations - Santa Teresa, Samara, Monteverde and Cirenas beach, where you will focus your time on projects which fall under our “Plastic Oceans” umbrella intertwined with exploring the cloud forest, surfing and learning to speak Spanish to help you get by.

    The Plastic Oceans projects are all community led and focus on finding unique and dynamic solutions to counteract the plastic washed up on the beaches which is a relentless battle. From beach clean ups to the creation of recycling stations, to turning micro plastics into stylish home wares - you will see how impactful community collaboration can be. You will also experience working at 2 contrasting turtle sanctuaries where you help with hatchery maintenance