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    Pacific Discovery: Costa Rica Gap Summer Program | 4 weeks

    Pacific Discovery: Costa Rica Gap Summer Program | 4 weeks

    Details

    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: Costa Rica
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Four Weeks, Five Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 12th, PG, College
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Sub-Categories: Surfing, Hiking
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 18, 19+, 19
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    Overview

    Surf, hike, and raft on multi-day expeditions through the ecological hotspot of Costa Rica and protect its rich biodiversity with wildlife rehabilitation and sustainable practices!

    This program is jam-packed with multi-day adventures through a country rated one of the happiest on earth. We will see the jungle and wildlife first-hand by hiking through the rainforest of Los Santos, rafting down thrilling river rapids on the Pacuare, and kayaking through the Golfito. No prior experience is needed - just a sense of enthusiasm and curiosity! You can come and be the judge of why the people are so happy, but this rating probably stems from the laid-back ‘Tico’ vibe, combined with a globally inspiring model of eco-stewardship. 

    Costa Rica is a world leader in renewable energy. We get hands-on and learn about environmental sustainability at a permaculture ranch where we live amongst a local community and immerse in the authentic culture. We spend a portion of the program participating in conservation at a wildlife rescue center helping to rehabilitate exotic animals like sloths and howler monkeys rescued from illegal animal trading. 

    Highlights:

    • Volunteer project working with sloths and monkeys at an animal rescue center
    • Investigate sustainable agriculture and its importance in developing communities
    • Experience the “pure vida” lifestyle in the world’s happiest country
    • Surf on the pristine beaches of the Pacific coast with professional guides
    • Hike through the unique cloud forest of Monteverde
    • Savor traditional Costa Rican food like gallo pinto, ceviche and casado
    • Yoga and meditation retreat to increase strength and enable self-reflection
    • Exciting white water rafting trip through rapids and waterfalls on the Pacuare river
    • Immerse yourself in the architecture and history of the bustling capital San Jose

    Cost and Session Information

    Program fee inclusions: all in-country travel and transport, all accommodation and most meals. The fee also includes all excursions and activities as described in the itinerary (unless noted as optional).