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    EF Gap Year: Sustainable Development in Costa Rica

    EF Gap Year: Sustainable Development in Costa Rica


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: Costa Rica
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: January, April, July
    • Session Length: Four Weeks
    • Entering Grade: PG, College
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Community Service
    • Sub-Categories: Animals/Nature, Environmental Science, Wildlife Conservation
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 18, 19+, 19
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
    • Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Career Clusters: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture for 4 weeks this July and learn how to make a sustainable impact within a community.

    Upcoming program dates:

    Winter 2023: Jan. 2 – Jan. 30

    Spring 2023: Apr. 19 – May 17

    Summer 2023: Jul. 5 – Aug. 2

    Spring 2024: Jan. 1 – Jan. 30

    Summer 2024: Jul. 5 – Aug. 2

    Though small in size and population, this Central American nation holds great significance on the global stage. About 5% of the world’s biodiversity resides in Costa Rica, making it a critical site for conservation efforts.

    • Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and learn about the social, economic and historical context around its structural issues.
    • Collaborate with an after school program, assist with sea turtle conservation and coastal management, and promote sustainable community development in partnership with local NGOs.
    • Learn about positive leadership, design your own life plan, and receive a certificate from the University for Peace.
    • Explore the Santa Elena Cloud Forest—a rainforest canopy teeming with rare tropical flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth.
    • Elect to earn three semester hours of credit through our educational partnership with Southern New Hampshire University.

    Cost and Session Information

    Flights & Local Transfers: Round-trip flights & local transportation during group excursions

    Room & Board: Your accommodations & some meals on the trip

    Personal Development Programs: Workshops & activities designed to help you discover your strengths and goals

    Activities & Excursions: Guided group activities such as walking tours, museum visits, & some trips to nearby areas

    EF Global Support Network: 1:1 mentorship & 24/7 support before & during the program