Pacific Discovery: Costa Rica Summer Program


    • 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
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    Navigate through rainforests and marine reserves on a journey of biodiversity, adventure and insight in Costa Rica!

    Welcome to one of the happiest countries on earth, perhaps stemming from the laid-back Tico outlook combined with the incredible model of eco-stewardship Costa Rica boasts. You will learn all about environmental sustainability at a permaculture farm, before heading off and seeing the incredible biodiversity Costa Rica has to offer. Think surfing lessons on the vast beaches of the Pacific Coast, rafting through the rainforest on the Pacuare River, walking through clouds in the world-renowned cloud forest, and seeing plankton glow in the dark at a wildlife refuge.

    Experience a summer program where you will not only get to explore this amazing country of Costa Rica, but you will get to expand yourself personally. The nature-based activities will have you challenging new heights, feeling the rainforest watching you and seeing new wildlife. You'll even get up and personal with the wildlife at an animal rescue center, where you will help care for sloths and howler monkeys.


    • Volunteer project working with sloths and monkeys at an animal rescue center
    • Investigate sustainable agriculture and its importance in developing communities
    • Hands-on marine debris clean-up in a Wildlife Refuge
    • Experience the “pure vida” lifestyle in the world’s happiest country
    • Surf on the pristine beaches of the Pacific coast with professional guides
    • Bioluminescence adventure: see plankton glow in the dark while floating on the water
    • Hike through the unique cloud forest of Monteverde
    • Spot an abundance of wildlife in the forests, mangroves and beaches of a Wildlife Refuge
    • 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
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