Improve Spanish language fluency and gain leadership skills on this 3 week service adventure! Participants 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 Central Valley of Costa Rica where participants take part in orientation and visit a coffee farm where sweet smells and new sights abound! We get into the groove with a Latin dance class and start to shake our Spanish language skills loose! We then head to the Caribbean side of the country for an overnight rafting trip that has us squealing with glee as we maneuver the rapids with our expert guides!
Next, the group moves to the rainforest where we stay in a biological research station working with the rangers to promote sustainability and environmental conservation! We spend our days assisting with reforestation efforts, trail maintenance, and other environmental projects. While in the rainforest we hike to a majestic waterfall and with luck, see tree frogs, monkeys, tropical birds, and other 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!
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!