SUMMER SERVICE PROGRAM IN COSTA RICA
A Community Service Based Summer Program for Middle School Students!
Experience Costa Rica ‘La Pura Vida’ with this program designed to introduce intrepid middle school students to international community service work and adventure travel! Get to know your Tico neighbors through local volunteer projects while staying at a group style eco-lodge tucked away in a rainforest setting. Work at a wildlife refuge center while practicing your Spanish and having a blast. Then, spend two days on the Pacific Coast taking surf lessons from local professional instructors- fun for all levels!
The trip begins in our San Jose Central Valley base where our middle school students get to know one another, establish goals, and begin to immerse into the Costa Rican lifestyle. Activities include team building exercises and visiting a sustainable cheese farm. We also participate in some informal Spanish games and lessons, so please come with a desire to practice your Spanish!
While staying in our group lodge, we partner with our local hosts on community service and environmental projects chosen by the community itself. The community service projects are planned in coordination with local leadership and may include: pouring the foundation for a community center, planting organic school gardens, painting and tiling a community kitchen, constructing a plant nursery, teaching English lessons, or completing a sidewalk around the town square. We spend the evenings joining in the daily lives of community members as we play soccer games, learning to prepare local specialty dishes, and participate in a traditional game and dance night.
We visit a wildlife sanctuary to take a tour to see many of the animals native to Costa Rica. Then, we have the opportunity volunteer here with animal focused projects! After that, we stop for an out of this world zip-lining adventure that takes us soaring above the lush jungle with vast views!
Time to hit the beach! We travel to the Pacific Coast, famous for its unique combination of rainforest and ocean settings. We spend two full days enjoying the beach and taking surf lessons, taught by professional instructors. The wave conditions on this beach provide the perfect opportunity for all levels to hang ten! We wrap up our trip with a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony at an authentic, local restaurant to reflect upon our time together.
We head off from this stunning oasis to fly out of the northern city of Liberia. We know we will never forget the beaches, rivers, surf, rainforest, mountains, and, most importantly, the people we have met!
Global Works will arrange a chaperoned group flight from a Denver, Colorado (DEN) for this program. Airfare is not included in the tuition. Please visit our Flight & Travel Arrangements page for more information about booking the flight and the travel days.
Please note that, given the unprecedented nature of travel currently, this itinerary is subject to change.
Participants may be subject to additional expenses related to entry requirements to your destination and/or re-entry to your home country. Global Works does not cover these expenses. Additional costs may include, but are not limited to, COVID tests, insurance, or other. See our Covid-19 FAQ’s for more information. The most up to date requirements can be found via links on your login page on the Flight and Travel Day Instruction form after enrollment.
Community Service Projects
Adventure & Cultural Activities
Global Works Costa Rica participants spend the beginning 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 teens and 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.
PACIFIC COAST SURF-CAMP
Participants stay at an eco-lodge built at the edge of the jungle and the beach surrounded by a spectacular wildlife refuge. Accommodations are roomy cabins shared by 4 to 6 students and the lodge is styled with an onsite swimming pool, hammocks, common areas, and outdoor palapa style eating areas.