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
  • Stay an extra week and live with a Costa Rican family to perfect your Spanish language skills (Homestay add-on 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. Finally, if you opt to stay for our Homestay Extension, you will live with a local family in a Costa Rican community for an extra week of language skill building as well as cross-cultural immersion.

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 offers an optional homestay extension, exclusively to students who participate 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 experience, call us at 1-858-771-0645.

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 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.

This program also offers an optional homestay extension. See tuition details below and learn more about the experience on our Homestay FAQ page.

Program Type

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

Costa Rica

Spanish Service Adventure

21-Day Flagship Program
2021 Dates
 July 6 – July 26, 2021
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,199
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 48
Language Hours: 35
21-Day Flagship Program + 7-Night Homestay
2021 Dates
 July 6 – August 2, 2021
Duration: 28 days
Tuition: $6,198
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 83
Language Hours: 35
14-Day Program
2021 Dates
 June 20 – July 3, 2021
 July 30 – August 12, 2021
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,799
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 28
Language Hours: 25
14-Day Program + 7-Night Homestay
2021 Dates
 June 20 – July 10, 2021
 July 30 – August 19, 2021
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,798
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 63
Language Hours: 25
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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 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.

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