- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Costa Rica, Panama
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: July
- Session Length: Two Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Language
- Sub-Categories: Spanish, Youth Outreach
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Join us this summer for a dynamic combination of interactive Spanish lessons paired with endless opportunities to practice your language skills out of the classroom. Experience the best that Costa Rica has to offer while also doing valuable volunteer work.
This summer immersion program is a dynamic combination of interactive Spanish lessons and practicing your language skills while performing valuable service work and helping out the community! In the shorter version of our 22-Day Program, you will take lessons in gorgeous open-air classrooms surrounded by nature in both the mountainous jungle town of Turrialba and the beachside community of Puerto Viejo. By keeping the lessons fun and interactive you will have the opportunity to enhance your speaking skills and better understand Spanish. You will take lessons every morning with local teachers while incorporating fun activities like playing games, singing songs, learning traditional dances, or taking cooking lessons.
The service component of this program involves working with the local communities, so not only are you giving back, but you’ll be putting your Spanish skills to use in real-world situations as well! In Turrialba, our community service will consist of working with local schools. We will play games with the children and teach them some English (in return they will help teach you some more Spanish!) and also perform some light maintenance work. In Puerto Viejo, we will work with the rangers at the Cahuita National Park to keep the park and beaches beautiful.
Of course, with all of our hard work learning Spanish and performing community service, we will need some time to relax and experience the best that Costa Rica has to offer! We will snorkel in crystal clear waters, zipline over the jungle canopy, go whitewater rafting, ride horses, spot monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds in protected rainforests, and much more! So what are you waiting for? Discover the real meaning of Pura Vida with us this summer!