Costa Rica: Middle School Service Adventure


Choose your own adventure: work with Costa Rican children in local schools or help to protect the country’s incredible wildlife.
  • Zipline through the beautiful landscapes of Costa Rica
  • Spot birds, reptiles, other animals in the country’s Central Valley
  • Take a traditional Costa Rican cooking class
  • Go on a chocolate tour guided by a local chocolate expert
  • Enjoy a day at one of Costa Rica’s picturesque beaches

On This Program you will...

Choose between inspiring local children through volunteer work in schools, or rehabilitating and ensuring the wellness of Costa Rica’s wildlife. Both tracks will participate in exciting activities like ziplining, hiking and a day at the beach.

When enrolling for this program, choose to focus on one of two tracks: Community Development, or Animal & Wildlife Conservation. The track you choose will determine the focus of your experience and your community service projects.

Program Type:

Middle School

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Community Service

Community Development Track

Make a difference in the lives of Costa Rican youth. Empower local children through your volunteer work in schools. Help with school refurbishment and beautification projects and participate in cross-cultural exchange with students from the nearby towns.

Animal & Wildlife Conservation Track

Learn about Costa Rican wildlife, and sustainable animal care. Service includes feeding the animals, cleaning enclosures, creating toys and stimulating exercises, and general tidying of the grounds.

Immersive Learning

Experience true Costa Rican culture while living and learning in your new community. Connect with the local people, taste delicious fruits, and try your hand at cooking local cuisine. Dive into topics about animal welfare and children’s access to education depending on which track you choose. You’ll also have opportunities to practice your Spanish or pick up new words with locals in the region.


No trip to Costa Rica would be complete without adventure! Zipline through tall canopy trees, go hiking in the rainforest, and explore one of Costa Rica’s scenic beaches. Discover the Cacao tree and feast on its fruit during an exciting chocolate tour. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience the region’s exotic wildlife up close during your program. You never know where you might spot a sloth or monkey!


Home Base will be a family-owned lodge in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica, which includes a large indoor common area and a pool. Wake up to the surrounding views of lush landscapes and the chirping of native birds. Students will share gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have access to Western-style en-suite bathrooms.

Program Type

Ready to jump out of your comfort zone and make a meaningful difference?
  • Take action through volunteer work that has a lasting, positive impact in your host community
  • Explore the beautiful landscapes of another country through exciting activities like ziplining
  • Get to know the local culture through educational activities like cooking classes and guided tours
  • Spot local animals and wildlife as you experience the biodiversity of another region of the world

Dates & Tuition

Costa Rica

Middle School Service Adventure

10-Day Program (Community Development Track)
2021 Dates
 July 15 – July 24, 2021
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $3,599
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
10-Day Program (Animal & Wildlife Conservation Track)
2021 Dates
 July 15 – July 24, 2021
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $3,599
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support

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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any middle school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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