COSTA RICA

BEACHSIDE SERVICE ADVENTURE

Discover an unforgettable adventure in Costa Rica and experience what locals call "Pura Vida" — the pure life — while contributing to a meaningful service project in a rural beach community.

Highlights

FOR THE COSTA RICA: BEACHSIDE SERVICE ADVENTURE PROGRAM

  • Live in and explore a coastal village near a beautiful beach
  • Volunteer on educational or environmental development projects
  • Go tubing down the spectacular Rio Negro river
  • Engage with locals (you can even practice your Spanish around town!)
  • Zipline through the forest canopy
  • Enjoy a catamaran boat excursion and snorkel among wild marine life

COSTA RICA

BEACHSIDE SERVICE ADVENTURE

Program Overview

Escape to Costa Rica’s vibrant and lush Pacific coast, where you’ll volunteer on a service project that is most needed at the time of your arrival. This could be a mix of efforts such as beach cleanups, community or ecosystem beautification projects, or other initiatives that support your host community. While it has many achievements to boast of, such as universal health care, many Costa Rican communities – individuals, families and children alike – still need your support! Community-led service projects can be a big help to Costa Rica’s most vulnerable citizens. Relax after a hard day’s work at our beautiful Home Base. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy water sports, such as thrilling river tubing and ziplining expeditions, and experience fun in the sun with all the new friends you meet on-program.

COSTA RICA

BEACHSIDE SERVICE ADVENTURE

Community Service

One of the most unique and wonderful aspects of participating in a Global Leadership Adventures program is that our volunteer efforts are really community-led service projects. There are many opportunities to serve the community here, and that means you’ll be working on a meaningful project based on what is identified as most needed within the community at the time of your arrival. For example, you may assist in environmental projects such as beach cleanups, planting native tree saplings, or creating signs to promote environmental awareness and sustainability. You may also work on initiatives within local schools, such as improving classroom infrastructure, or starting a school or community garden. The best part is that you’ll be living and working together in a small beachside community alongside welcoming locals, all where the ocean plays a huge role in daily life.

Immersive Learning

Living in an authentic community is a great way to learn about Costa Rican culture. Connect with local community members, learn to dance salsa and merengue, taste delicious cuisines and exotic fruits, and try your hand at cooking local dishes. You and your fellow teen travelers will discuss current social issues in Costa Rica, including growing environmental concerns and the importance of ecotourism. You’ll also have opportunities to practice your Spanish around town if you’d like! Costa Rica is also famous for its well-preserved biodiversity, and you’ll witness an array of wildlife you won’t find anywhere else on Earth.

Adventure

Costa Rica is an adventurer’s dream! You and your new friends will cruise along Potrero Bay on a catamaran and witness stunning natural habitats along the way. Go ziplining through dense and lush treetop canopies, and experience the adrenaline rush of discovering Costa Rica’s forests from new heights. You will also go whitewater tubing down a roaring river, which is always a traveler favorite. Your location near the stunning Pacific coast allows for a variety of water sports and beach time, as well as the opportunity for impromptu soccer and field games. And don’t forget to take in those breathtaking sunsets off the coast while spending an afternoon on the shore of one of the country’s many pristine beaches.

Lodging

Home Base is an well-maintained and comfortable ecolodge, located in a coastal region of Costa Rica known for its beautiful beaches and protected ecological areas. You’ll have access to a pool and gardens during your ten days here. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have private bathrooms and air conditioning.

COSTA RICA

BEACHSIDE SERVICE ADVENTURE

Dates & Tuition

Everything you need to know before you apply.

10-Day Program
Ages 14-18
2022 Dates
JUN 12 – JUN 21, 2022
JUN 24 – JUL 03, 2022
JUL 06 – JUL 15, 2022
JUL 18 – JUL 27, 2022
JUL 30 – AUG 08, 2022
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $2,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 14-18
Lodging: Ecolodge

Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • In-country transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials

To save your spot, a $600 deposit and $95 application fee are required.

Backed by our 5-Point Safety System™

GLA HOME BASE:
SAFE & SECURE LODGING
CARING SUPERVISION &
EXPERT LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
SAFE
TRANSPORTATION
HEALTHY FOOD
& PURE WATER
24/7 SUPPORT &
EMERGENCY RESPONSE

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Admissions
Phone Number

1-858-771-0645

USA Toll-Free
Phone Number

1-888-358-4321

Admissions
Email Address

info@experienceGLA.com

COSTA RICA

BEACHSIDE SERVICE ADVENTURE

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