Overview

Embrace the PURA VIDA lifestyle on this two week service adventure! This program offers participants the opportunity to collaborate with local community members on sustainable development projects, live with a host family, partake in unique cultural exchange activities, and experience adrenaline pumping adventure.

The program begins in the San Carlos region of Costa Rica where participants take part in orientation and visit a dairy farm where there is an opportunity to milk a cow, make artisanal cheese, and learn about entrepreneurship! We get into the groove with a Latin dance class and start to shake our Spanish language skills loose! We enjoy a day zip lining over the rainforest canopy and with luck we may see some wildlife!

The next stage of the trip takes us to the homestay where our host families are excited to meet us and open their homes and hearts to us! We spend the days together working on service projects with the community. Projects usually include working with construction/infrastructure development, education/teaching kids English, and environmental initiatives. The afternoons and evenings are a highlight as everyone gets together to play soccer, enjoy game night, participate in a cooking class, and more!

We say a tearful goodbye to our host families and feel satisfied knowing that we made a positive contribution to the community and built lasting relationships. We make our way to the Pacific coast where we celebrate our hard work by taking in the beauty of Costa Rica and learn to surf! Our helpful guides have us riding the waves in no time! It is a fun and relaxing way to spend our last couple days together!

While we are sad to leave, after an unforgettable and impactful experience, we bring home the friendships we’ve made and are excited to share the lessons we’ve learned!

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