Environmental Costa Rica Service Trip For Teens
Hands on wildlife rehabilitation and environmental community service!
This service program brings you into a wildlife refuge, where you volunteer directly with local animals. You’ll also journey into the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest and assist in an environmental research project on the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s ecosystem. After an overnight white-water rafting trip, you get to work on conservation and sea turtle projects on Costa Rican beaches! It’s an unbeatable wildlife teen service program!
The Global Works chaperoned Group Flight departs from Houston(IAH) for this program. Airfare is not included in the tuition. Please visit the Group Flight Portal to book your flight after enrollment and Flight & Travel Arrangements for more information about travel days.
Please note that 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.
Sea Turtle Conservation
Volunteer with a turtle conservation organization in the Osa Peninsula
Wildlife Rehabilitation and Volunteering
Work alongside experts to rehabilitate and conserve Costa Rica’s diverse wildlife
Support local research efforts aimed at protecting our planet’s plant and animal species
Environmental Service Projects
Participate in a beach cleanup to protect marine waterways
ADVENTURE & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
Nocturnal beach patrol for turtle eggs
Learn to dance salsa and cumbia
Raft Costa Rica's best white water
Visit a local cheese farm
Hike through primary cloud forest
Global Works Costa Rica participants spend the first and final days of the program in a small, 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 ideal for group orientation, dance lessons, and ice-breaker activities.
MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST
Our two cloud forest lodges are located within the boundary of the largest private ecological reserve in the country, The Children’s Eternal Rainforest (Bosque Eterno de los Niños). To reach the lodges, students complete an attainable hike through primary cloud forest and are rewarded with rustic yet comfortable eco-lodges built to exist in harmony with the natural surroundings. Both lodges offer large rooms with bunk-beds and private bathrooms. A large balcony affords expansive views of surrounding volcanoes and the hammocks provide an unbeatable spot to sip coffee and relax after a long day of service work.
In the La Fortuna area, we stay in a comfortable lodge located in a mountain valley. The lodge is locally owned and specializes in hosting teens and student groups. Rooms are for 2 to 4 students; each room has a private bathroom with hot water showers. Large group spaces located on the property are ideal for group activities.
OSA PENINSULA ECOLODGE
This Eco-Lodge is located in the northern part of the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The lodge has solar-powered electricity and is very basic, so please come with the expectation of simple-living! Our meals and volunteer projects are organized through the lodge and family that operate it.
PACIFIC COAST BEACH
Participants stay at an ecolodge 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.