Costa Rica Gap Year and Summer Gap
CONSERVACIÓN, CULTURA Y COMUNIDAD
The first words you hear when you arrive in Costa Rica may be “pura vida,” a greeting that expresses the peaceful spirit of a nation with a long tradition of democracy and a commitment to education. Costa Rica’s warm and hospitable people, known affectionately as Ticos, inhabit an extraordinary region of the world, one replete with active volcanoes, dense rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and pristine beaches. This country’s progressive approach to conservation has protected a substantial range of its natural habitat. Live and work with members of your host community as you gain a new appreciation for rural life and learn about the critical link between development and environmental protection. New for Winter/Spring 2015: Take a break from Costa Rica and travel south to Panama where you will explore Isla Coiba, a unique marine reserve in the Gulf of Chiriquí. Join a Global Routes tradition going back over 20 years of service to a host of communities and dozens and dozens of schools.
Master Spanish as you work alongside community members on community projects and assist in classrooms.
Enjoy the beautiful and remote rainforest as you hike, repel, cross rivers, and explore nature’s wonders.
Whitewater raft on the Rio Savegre through deep canyons and lush tropical rainforest.
Kayak the crystal waters and snorkel along the reef off Isla Coiba on your Panama excursion.
Relax, swim and take surfing lessons in the warm waters off Uvita.
Summer: June 15 – August 10th*
Fall: September 16 – December 8th
Winter/Spring: February 21 – May 15th
*Summer Gap does not include Panama excursion.
Starting/Ending Point: San Jose, Costa Rica (internal travel to Isla Coiba, Panama)
Group Size: 12 student maximum; 1-2 U.S. leaders; Local Staff
Language Requirement: One-Two Years Spanish
Program Fee: $7,950
Included in Program Fee: Program leadership staff, all in-country land transport, accommodations, meals, program activities, excursions and activities including: entry fees, guides, group tours, rentals and adventure activities and part of the Service Project fees*.
International and domestic airfare (including internal flight to Panama), health insurance, and spending money are extra.
Travel expenses to and from Costa Rica are estimated to cost $900 roundtrip for NY.
*Please note as a part of our program we encourage students to fundraise for a portion of the service project.
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