ADVENTURE and CULTURE in COSTA RICA
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. Join the Global Routes tradition, one which dates back to over 20 years of service with a host of communities and dozens of schools in Costa Rica.
“Before arriving in Costa Rica, I expected my role to be one of giving, but there turned out to be just as much receiving on my part. Overall, I found there to be a perfect balance of fun (in the waterfall rappel, daily soccer games with the community, zip lining, surf lessons, white water rafting, and group bonding in general), and growth (in the responsible risks we were encouraged to take, the adjustment required to live in such a new setting, the roles of leadership we frequently took on, and the beautiful cultural exchange that occurred)…I would highly recommend going to Costa Rica with Global Routes – I would definitely do it again if given the opportunity!”
Improve your Spanish as you work alongside community members on a service project or enjoy a warm meal of gallo pinto with your host community.
Dive into the heart of the Rainforest . You’ll climb giant trees, forage for medicinal plants, learn Costa Rican homestyle cooking, and zip-line across the canopy.
Whitewater raft on the Savegre river, through deep canyons and lush tropical rainforest (4 week program).
Relax, swim and take surfing lessons in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.
COSTA RICA HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
4 Week Program: June 30, 2017 – July 28, 2017
2 Week Program: July 31, 2017 – August 14, 2017
Starting/Ending Point: San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Fee: 4-week program $5,595. 2-week program: $3,795. Travel expenses to and from San Jose are not included in the program fee. Global Routes may arrange group travel. Round trip airfare from New York to San Jose will be approximately $600 – $1,000. Students are also encouraged to raise monies to help fund their service projects.
Group Size: between 7-18 students; 2 U.S. leaders; 2 Costa Rican Staff
Community Service Component:
4 week Approx. 40-60 hours
2 week Approx: 20-40 hours
None required, but basic Spanish exposure is beneficial
Accommodations: Rainforest Lodge, Hotels, Guest Houses, Group community stay