Through schoolyard and community-based service that focuses on play and engagement with children, you will build connections with the local community and help to inspire a brighter future for its children.
Be a friend and a role model to the youngest Costa Ricans! During downtime, you’ll get to experience everything Costa Rica has to offer, from lush landscapes and beaches to the rich culture found in its towns. These three weeks will open your eyes to a new way of life as the “pura vida” spirit surrounds you.
Dive into a rural Costa Rican community and feed your passion for working with youth. The Initiative for Children focuses on service projects that are meaningful to Costa Rica’s children, and might include teaching English, organizing educational games and sports, providing lessons on recycling and basic animal care, and partnering with local grassroots organizations to help develop resources for youth. Above all, you’ll form bonds that will last a lifetime with children in the local community.
While you’re immersed in a new culture, learning happens around every corner. Soak up Costa Rica’s unique flavor as you explore the heart of Guanacaste, learn about the needs of rural communities, and participate in hands-on workshops. Learn about the education system of Costa Rica and how it compares to your school system back home. Discover salsa dancing, test your skills in the making of the traditional Costa Rican dish, Gallo Pinto, and hear the voices and stories of locals who have seen the landscape and culture of Costa Rica change over the course of their lives.
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I cannot say enough about my trip with Global Leadership Adventures. I was 16 and traveling alone and to be honest I was terrified. That feeling went away very fast though because as I met the other people on my trip I realized a huge majority of them came alone too and we bonded very fast. I felt safe with my mentors and other GLA staff 24/7. I am a vegetarian and they were always very accommodating to everyones dietary issues. I loved all the work we did and loved how much responsibility we were given with the kids. We did lesson planning at night and I was even given the opportunity to lead a dance activity with someone else on the trip as we were both dancers. The bonds you create with the kids are honestly incredible. This is the best experience and I recommend it to everyone I know.
I vividly remember the day I found out that high school volunteer programs exist, I excitedly screamed at my computer as I realized that something I never realized was possible could truly come true for me. I struggled to convince my parents to let me travel alone and when I found the Initiative for Children and my parents agreed, it was just too good to be true. Still today, a few weeks after returning home from my trip, it is just too good to be true. I met a new family and created a bond with people who are just like me, passionate and driven. I've never felt as strong as I felt while my group built a driveway and mixed batch after painstaking batch of cement. So many little things throughout those three weeks changed my life, from when our little local friend named Josue remembered my name to when I conquered my fear of the ocean and killed it while surfing on Playa Guiones! I would recommend this trip to anyone and everyone who is willing and ready to commit to three weeks of life-changing service and adventure.