Program Highlights

Practice Your Spanish in Paradise

Costa Rica is the perfect place to practice your Spanish speaking skills

In the Costa Rican rainforest, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of big city life, are exotic species of wildlife and beautiful natural environments ready for exploration! Renowned as one of the world’s most beautiful places, Costa Rica is the perfect place to practice your Spanish and spend time soaking in Earth’s natural beauty!

“The Most Biologically Intense Place on Earth”

Recently, National Geographic named Costa Rica one of the “most biologically intense places on Earth.”  GLA’s Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure program gives high school students the opportunity to immerse themselves in communities surrounded by incredible natural beauty! Not only does Costa Rica have incredible, picturesque beaches and untouched rainforests, but there are also beautiful mountains, hidden waterfalls, and volcanoes! In a country with 5 distinct ecosystems, there’s no shortage of scenery to take in and lush landscapes to explore. Think horseback riding through dense rainforests, tubing through intense river rapids, and camping underneath the stars on a beautiful beach… The chance to visit this untouched region is the adventure of a lifetime!

Living the Pura Vida Lifestyle

You’ll make the most out of your time spent in Costa Rica, filling your days with exciting adventures and opportunities to practice your Spanish through interactions with amazing local people. Most importantly, you’ll have the chance to spend time giving back to the community through important and authentic service work. You’ll volunteer at an organic coffee cooperative in the midst of an incredible cloud forest, or work in a local school to improve the education of the children there. Between service work, cultural exercises and adventures in the rainforest, you’ll come to fully understand what it means to live the “pura vida” lifestyle- “the pure life!” Your time in Costa Rica will live in your heart forever.