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    Global Routes Leaders-in-Action: Volunteerism, Leadership Skills, & Adventure

    Global Routes Leaders-in-Action: Volunteerism, Leadership Skills, & Adventure

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    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: Costa Rica
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Community Service
    • Sub-Categories: Spanish, Whitewater Rafting, Leadership, Outdoor Behavior Therapy Program
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $6,999
    • Career Clusters: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Human Services
    • Credit Awarded: No
    • Meeting: Schedule a Meeting
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    Live and work with members of your host community as you gain a new appreciation for rural life and learn about the critical link between development and environmental protection. With over 20 years of experience working in Costa Rica, we’ve established deep relationships with many communities throughout the nation.

    The first words you hear when you arrive in Costa Rica may be “pura vida,” a greeting that Costa Rica’s warm and hospitable people, known affectionately as Ticos, inhabit an extraordinary region of the world, one replete with active volcanoes, dense rainforest, spectacular waterfalls, and pristine beaches. This country’s progressive approach to conservation has protected a substantial range of its natural habitat.

    This LIA Costa Rica program is a special version of our Costa Rica program specifically designed for campers who have some prior camp leadership experience (CIT/LIT) and are interested in deepening their leadership skills through service and facilitated activities. Previous attendance of a Global Routes program is not required.



    • Improve your Spanish as you work alongside community members on a service project or enjoy a warm meal of gallo pinto with your host community.
    • Dive into the heart of the Rainforest. You’ll climb giant trees, forage for medicinal plants, learn Costa Rican homestyle cooking, and zip-line across the canopy.
    • Whitewater raft on the Savegre River, through deep canyons and lush tropical rainforest.
    • Relax, swim, and take surfing lessons in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

    Cost and Session Information

    TUITION: $6,495 *International airfare is not included in tuition. In general, roundtrip airfare (from New York, for example) can run from $600 – $1,300.

    Reviews (1)

    • Global Routes LIA in Costa Rica
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      Reviewed on Aug/17/2022 by emdkcat

      This LIA program was one of the best experiences of my life so far and I'm not just saying that. Orientation got us all set up with fun activities and even learning a lot when we stayed at the Rainforest Adventure Center. When we got to the town I met my host family and I am still keeping in touch with the people I met there. My host family was amazing and my Spanish improved a lot. I connected with the kids there doing the Friendship Camp even with limited Spanish skills and had a lot of fun. I am so happy I met the people in the town and also broadened my friendships with the other LIAs. Overall, this was an amazing experience and I really do recommend it to any teens who want to connect with a new community and help out as they help out and immerse themselves in a new culture. Especially for Windsor Mountain people, this is a perfect follow up to LIT year but really it would be great for anyone.