- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Costa Rica
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: July
- Session Length: Two Weeks, Three Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Community Service
- Sub-Categories: Youth Outreach
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Learn how development issues in rural Costa Rica, from education access to sustainable land use, are all related to youth wellness. You’ll be based in a very small town far from developed tourism hot spots. Bond with children and families from your neighborhood as you volunteer in their schools, help lead environmental education or community sports projects, and spend time working with grassroots organizations passionate about engaging the community in more sustainable practices.
Embrace Costa Rica’s Children And Make An Impact On The Next Generation In One Of Two Ways: Through Community Development At Local Schools Or Via Sports Leadership.
-Volunteer on infrastructure projects at rural schools
-Discuss critical community issues
-Bond with local youth through cultural exchange or a shared love for sports
-Experience Costa Rica’s rainforest canopy on a zipline and on horseback
-Go river tubing on Rio Arenal near the volcano and relax in hot springs
-Go on 2 overnight excursions: to the beach for a catamaran ride and snorkeling, and a whitewater rafting adventure (21-Day Flagship Program only)
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRACK
Work at a school or community center, where local children spend extended time every day. With community members and students, improve the infrastructure and conditions of the site, learn about the local challenges since COVID and opportunities available to children in the community. Depending on the needs of the community when you arrive, you might maintain gardens, build a greenhouse where food can be grown, refurbish a classroom or work on repairs.
SPORTS LEADERSHIP TRACK
Sports can be an effective vehicle for positive change. Available only on the 14-day program, students with a passion for sports can lead projects that grow youth access to sports. Work on improving sports equipment or facilities used by youth and/or local community members, and with a little luck, lead community sports activities.
While Costa Rica is well known for its environmental and educational efforts, see first-hand how persistent development issues affect the daily lives of its youth. Visit some of the farms that surround the town of Santa Teresa. Students in the schools you’ll volunteer at are from the families who work on these pineapple and livestock farms. Try your hand at milking a cow, making cheese, and learn how coffee is grown. While here, spend time learning what it’s like to grow up and live in Costa Rica. Cross-cultural interaction provides lasting memories for the students, opening up opportunities for language exchange, various lessons and mutual inspiration.
Take time away from community service and experience the adventurous side of Costa Rica. Ride on horseback near the world-famous Arenal Volcano. Relax in amazing hot springs, and follow a local guide who will teach you about the cultural traditions, history and natural features of the area. Wind your way through the farms and enjoy the unhurried pace of life. Go kayaking on a nearby lake. Follow that up with an incredible ziplining expedition and take to the water on a fun river tubing excursion. You’ll even have a chance to spend the afternoon swimming in your very own private lake behind Home Base! On the 21-Day Flagship Program only, you’ll go on an epic whitewater rafting excursion down the Pacuare River.