SUMMER SERVICE AND SPANISH IMMERSION IN COSTA RICA

Spanish immersion, community-driven service projects, and adrenaline pumping adventure…this trip has it all! Over the course of a month, practice Spanish and learn cultural norms and customs through immersive  community service projects. Explore the incredible geographic diversity of Costa Rica while on an overnight rafting trip, help with reforestation efforts in the cloud forest, and “hang ten” at a surf camp on the Pacific Coast

Itinerary

DAYS 1-3: ORIENTATION

Our adventure begins in a San Jose Central Valley area Bed and Breakfast, where students get to know one another, establish both personal and group goals, and begin the Global Works Leadership and Language curriculum, specifically designed for this program. Activities include team building exercises, visiting a sustainable, commercial, coffee farm, and hiking the cloudforest near one of Costa Rica’s most spectacular volcanos.

DAYS 4-6: OVERNIGHT RAFTING ADVENTURE

It’s time to embark on a thrilling overnight rafting adventure on the Pacuare River, one of the world’s most beautiful rivers.  We get to spend the night along the river at a permanent camp utilized by the rafting outfitters.

DAYS 7-14: COMMUNITY BASED COFFEE COOPERATIVE

Travel to south central Costa Rica to a community perched high in the mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean below.  This community is unique in it’s beauty, community spirit, and economic initiatives.  Here, the economy primarily revolves around a successful community based, coffee cooperative.  Here we learn about the entire life cycle of coffee production.   Our accommodations will be in a group lodge and we will assist with the community in their production facility, practice Spanish, and connect with new friends in the town.

DAYS 15-19: ECOLODGE AND ORGANIC FARM

We continue our exploration of the southern region in Costa Rica with a visit to an ecolodge and environmental center near the Osa Peninsula, one of the most pristine areas of rainforest in Central America.  Here we engage in workshops and projects while immersing ourselves in this biodiverse environment.

DAYS 20-23: PACIFIC COAST SURF CAMP

Time to hit the beach! We travel to the Pacific Coast, famous for its unique combination of rainforest and ocean settings. For two days, we challenge ourselves with surf or stand-up paddle board lessons, taught by professional instructors. The wave conditions on this beach provide the perfect opportunity for all levels to hang ten!

DAYS 24-25: TRAVEL HOME

The trip back to San Jose gives us time to share our memories before we fly home. We have a celebratory dinner and reflect upon our last three weeks together. We know we will never forget the beaches, rivers, surf, rainforest, mountains, and- most importantly- the people we have met!

Global Works offers chaperoned Group Flights (TBD) for this program. Airfare is not included in the tuition. Please contact us for the latest airfare pricing or visit our Flight & Travel Arrangements page for more information about travel days.

 

Service Projects

Community Building & Infrastructure

Construct community facilities

Environment & Conservation

Work on erosion prevention projects with the Monterverde Conservation Association

Student Activities

Organize day camp activities for local elementary school children

Youth Education

Present English Language lessons to local community members

Adventure & Cultural Activities

Raft Costa Rica’s best white water

Surf world-class Pacific waves

Zip-line past the Arenal Volcano

Immerse yourself in Costa Rica's biodiversity

Learn to dance salsa and cumbia

Visit a local cheese farm

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Accommodations

SAN JOSE

Global Works Costa Rica participant spends the first and final days of the program in a small and comfortable lodge located in the mountains surrounding the capital of San Jose. The lodge is locally owned and specializes in hosting student groups. It is dorm style with 4 to 6 students sleeping in bunk beds; each room has a private bathroom with hot water showers. Large group spaces located on the property are an ideal spot for group orientation, dance lessons, and ice-breaker activities.

COMMUNITY COFFEE COOPERATIVE

Global Works has longstanding relationships with the communities where we place students and complete our service projects. This rural communities are located in the mountainous interior of the country where the primary economic driver is a coffee cooperative.  The community has a small lodge and cabinas where small groups of students will stay.  Lodging here is humble in nature, typically constructed of concrete blocks or wood and are very clean and inviting.   Meals will be prepared in the coop.

ECOLODGE

This ecolodge tucked in the rainforest near the Osa Peninsula will feature bunk style accommodations with ample space for our group to convene for projects and activities.

 

PACIFIC COAST SURF-CAMP

Participants stay at an eco-lodge in southern Costa Rica located just steps from the beaches of Marino Ballena National Park. Accommodations are traditional hotel-style rooms shared by two to four students. The lodge is styled with an onsite swimming pool, hammocks, and common areas.

 

Reviews & Testimonials

My favorite part of this trip (although it is hard to pick I loved it all) was the homestay. I simply loved every bit of it. My family and the whole experience really affected me. I learned a lot about myself and hopefully built character. Cedral is full of loving people, I’m so grateful to have them all.

- Ashley L., Costa Rica

I was very pleased with the staff, the planning of the trip, the trip day coordination, and with our entire experience with Global Works. The trip leaders were outstanding.

- Linda B.-E., Parent of a Costa Rica Participant