- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Costa Rica
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: June
- Session Length: Four Weeks
- Entering Grade: 12th, PG, College
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Sub-Categories: Spanish, Wildlife Conservation
- Selective: No
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
Spend the summer in Costa Rica with a group of 11 other students and two experienced leaders! You will have the chance to practice your Spanish and to learn more about environmental conservation and sustainability. Previous Spanish experience is not required.
During the first week of the program, students will have an opportunity to learn how to be responsible international travelers, spend time hiking in the rainforest, swimming in the beautiful Sarapiqui River, and even have a chance to soar through the trees on a canopy zipline. During the second week, students will study Spanish with local teachers in small groups and spend the afternoon hiking, swimming, and whitewater rafting! The group will then head to the Nicoya Peninsula where they will learn more about organic farming and participate in a sea turtle conservation project. The program ends up a final retreat where students have a chance to reflect on their experiences and prepare to return home. Program highlights include: Hike through the rainforest while staying at an eco-retreat by a river. Study Spanish with local teachers in a lovely river valley, taking time over the weekend to raft the Rio Pacuare. Learn about permaculture while working on an organic farm on Costa Rica’s pacific coast. Engage in service-learning by supporting sea turtle conservation and wildlife monitoring efforts on the Nicoya Peninsula. Participate in a private retreat as you wrap up the program and prepare to return home!
Cost and Session Information
Program tuition includes all food, accommodations, scheduled program activities, and international travel insurance for the duration of the program. International airfare and spending money are extra. International airfare estimated at $1400 - $1600. Scholarships & payment plans are available.