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
- Practice with native speakers in an encouraging community
- Volunteer on projects focusing on infrastructure or the environment
- See wildlife in Manuel Antonio National Park
- Go ziplining through the lush forest canopy
- Whitewater raft the world-class Pacuare River (21-Flagship Program only)
On This Program you will...
Take learning Spanish out of the classroom—you’ll live in the breathtaking cloud forest and learn to speak the language from locals. In the face of increased tourism and development, Costa Ricans continue to work toward high sustainability goals to protect their biodiverse home. Alongside passionate conservationists, you’ll volunteer on projects in eco-friendly building and agriculture, and interview community members—in Spanish! 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.
GLA now offers an optional homestay extension, exclusively to students on our Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure program. Extend your stay in Costa Rica an extra week after the completion of our program, and live with and volunteer alongside community members who are excited to host you. Immersion at this level is a great way to build your Spanish skills through conversation. For more information on the homestay, talk to an enrollment advisor or learn more here.
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
Focus on sustainable development in a rural mountain community. Partner with small, local coffee farms that are committed to transitioning from conventional to organic coffee production. This practice leads to mitigation of local health issues, environmental protection, and long-term economic benefits for small growers and their communities. You’ll also contribute to green building initiatives that reduce plastic waste and improve road conditions, ultimately improving children’s access to schools.
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 Manuel Antonio National Park. For a taste of city life, spend a night in San Jose, complete with a tour of Costa Rica’s national monuments.
GLA operates two Home Bases for this program—both of which are nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounded by cloud forests. Both locations have spectacular views, beautiful hiking trails and are exclusively used by our students and staff.
Are you passionate about creating community through shared language?
- Take classes that improve your Spanish, no matter your skill level
- Use your new language skills to get to know locals in your host community
- Volunteer on a meaningful service project and practice speaking on the work site
- Explore the world through a new and exciting lens
Dates & Tuition
Spanish Service Adventure
21-Day Flagship Program with 7-Night Homestay Extension
|June 19 – July 16, 2020|
|July 6 – August 2, 2020|
21-Day Flagship Program
|June 19 – July 9, 2020|
|July 6 – July 26, 2020|
14-Day Program with 7-Night Homestay Extension
|June 20 – July 10, 2020|
|July 13 – August 2, 2020|
|July 29 – August 18, 2020|
|June 20 – July 3, 2020|
|July 13 – July 26, 2020|
|July 29 – August 11, 2020|
Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:
- All educational materials
- 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 high 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.