- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Costa Rica
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: July
- Session Length: Two Weeks
- Entering Grade: 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Community Service
- Sub-Categories: Kayaking, Preserving the Environment, Youth Outreach
- Selective: No
- Ages: 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
Experience the best that Costa Rica has to offer this summer as you zipline over jungle canopies, kayak through crystal clear waters, and participate in meaningful service work with rural beach communities on this program designed especially for older teens. So pack your bags and get ready to live the pura vida! Find out more!
What better way to make new friends than by spending the summer ziplining over lush jungle canopies, rafting on rushing rivers and giving back to local communities? On our Costa Rica Adventure and Service program for Older Teens, you’ll be able to do all this and more while enjoying the company of other students your age. During this service trip designed specifically with older teens in mind, we will have the unique opportunity to perform 20 hours of valuable service work in two different communities.
In Sámara we work with a local association that provides supplemental educational, recreational, and career opportunities for youth with limited resources in the rural beach communities of the surrounding area. We will be helping run one of their many programs focusing on academic and artistic education, environmental consciousness, health, and socio-cultural development. Projects vary but our service work typically consists of working on art projects with the children, reading to them, teaching them English, and general upkeep of the school such as painting and light maintenance.
Our Older Teen programs are carefully crafted with 11th and 12th graders in mind. We do not just take our standard programs and open certain dates to an older age group without changing the itineraries. Instead, we understand that older teens require a different type of program, and need itineraries with more challenges and independence to help them grow and encourage even more confidence with traveling.
These programs are designed to nurture older teens and teach them to be more independent and savvy travelers. Because as you grow, your interests and needs do too. So get ready to perform meaningful service work, explore jungles and volcanoes, and relax on pristine tropical beaches. We will experience the best Costa Rica has to offer while ziplining, hiking, white water rafting, sea kayaking, and much more! ¡Pura Vida!