Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure


Costa Rica is your classroom where Spanish immersion, volunteering and adventure create a limitless learning environment.
  • Take your Spanish to the next level through a structured immersion program and practice with native speakers in an encouraging community
  • See wildlife in Marino Ballena National Park
  • Learn the importance of sustainable development for Costa Rica’s future
  • Surf Costa Rica’s world-renowned beaches
  • Go on an exhilarating whitewater rafting adventure down Rio Orosi (21-Day Flagship Program only)

On This Program you will...

Take learning Spanish out of the classroom—you’ll live in Cartago, land of volcanoes, beautiful nature and friendly Costa Ricans, and learn to speak the language from locals. These experiences enhance your language immersion, making sure you get plenty of practice and return home a more confident Spanish speaker. 

The GLA Experiential Language Curriculum™ integrates Spanish language learning into all aspects of the experience, allowing students to take away more of the culture, and also leave more behind. From community service to excursions and cultural events, language is given a new context. Spanish class will never be the same.

Program Type:

Language Immersion

Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

In the face of increased tourism and development, you’ll volunteer on projects focusing on the social development of rural communities and the improvement of recreational spaces. Focus on the creation of community spaces in the rural town of Cartago. Develop projects in public spaces, including schools, that are in poor condition or abandoned. Through rehabilitating safe, community-friendly spaces, we are helping to reduce school dropout rates, enhancing the abilities of children, and supporting community development.

Immersive Learning

Enhance your language learning through immersive exchanges with the community: Every hour spent at a service site or on an adventure will push you to use your Spanish skills, creating a fun and intensive learning environment. Take advantage of home visits with local families, dance classes and cooking lessons conducted in Spanish. Learn the importance of sustainable development and discuss social and environmental issues that reach far beyond Costa Rica’s borders.


In Costa Rica, all trails lead to waterfalls, tropical forests or unspoiled beaches—there’s no shortage of opportunities to get your adrenaline pumping! Zipline through the tall canopy trees of the cloud forest, go rafting down Pacuare River’s world-class rapids (21-Day Flagship Program only) and learn to surf with the locals. Experience wildlife up close, in daily life and on an excursion to Marino Ballena National Park. For a taste of city life, spend a night in San Jose, complete with a tour of Costa Rica’s national monuments.


Home Base for this program differs for the 21-day and 14-day programs.

Home Base for the 21-day program is an ecolodge in a picturesque setting. Lodging consists of cabins spread closely to each other over a beautiful green mountainous terrain. There is a porch just outside the common area, and most cabins have a private balcony, so you can soak in the nature all around you.

Home Base for the 14-day program is a locally-owned bed & breakfast that will be only be used by our group. The B&B has shared common spaces for students to come together and the “dueña” will be there to share her knowledge, love and cooking with the students.

Dates & Tuition

Costa Rica

Spanish Service Adventure

21-Day Flagship Program
2023 Dates
 JUN 28 – JUL 18, 2023
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 48
Language Hours: 35
For Ages: 14-18
14-Day Program
2023 Dates
 JUN 16 – JUN 29, 2023
 JUL 03 – JUL 16, 2023
 JUL 20 – AUG 02, 2023
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $4,199
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 28
Language Hours: 25
For Ages: 14-18

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
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary Medical and Evacuation Insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support