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Costa Rica: Language & Leadership

Language Immersion & Service Adventure

Sessions June 28, 2016 to July 18, 2016, July 19, 2016 to August 08, 2016
Grades 9-12
Average Group Size: 14 students/ 2 staff

Costa Rica's most popular saying, "Pura Vida," literally means, "Pure Life."

And that’s just what you get on this Global Works journey to this land of amazing geographic diversity and unassuming human warmth. From the small villages we live in to the beaches we play on, our experience is one that is authentic and meaningful. Along the journey, leadership skills are developed and honed through exploration, overcoming challenges, questioning our assumptions, and reflecting on lessons learned. Join us on one of our most popular and longest running immersion and leadership programs.

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Service Projects

  • Earn 50 Community Service hours
  • Environmental: work on erosion prevention projects with the Monterverde Conservation Association
  • Education: present English Language lessons to local community members
  • Community Development: construct community facilities and organize field days for elementary school students

Language Immersion

  • Experience a Homestay in a small village
  • Improve your Spanish through fun scavenger hunts and homestay interview questions
  • Practice your Spanish & teach English with Costa Rican Students


  • Establish personal and group goals
  • Hone public speaking, interpersonal communication, and team buidling skills
  • Develop tools to overcome challenges
  • Act as the Global Works "Ambassador" of the day
  • Engage in reflection activities and workshops
  • Become a powerful and compassionate leader

Adventure and Cultural Activities

  • Raft Costa Rica’s best white water
  • Surf world-class Pacific waves
  • Take canopy walks and night hikes in Costa Rica’s beautiful cloud forests
  • Zip-line past the Arenal Volcanoe
  • Enjoy a Latin dance class

NEW BLOCK SYSTEM FOR 2016! This program combines well with Nicaragua Intro to Pre-Med & Public Health!

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I learned a lot of Spanish on the trip through practicing it in the homestay and with the new people I’ve met.

Costa Rica Participant

The best life changing experience of my life that opened my eyes to another part of the world.

Brandon Luchinsky, Costa Rica Participant

Mind-blowing experience that opened my eyes to a whole new world!

Riley Brewer, Costa Rica Participant