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Costa Rica: Beachside Service Adventure

Costa Rica: Beachside Service Adventure

Experience the pure life—or Pura Vida—while giving back in an underserved beach community.


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  • Live in a coastal village near a beautiful beach
  • Volunteer to expand opportunities for local children
  • Ride inner tubes down a jungle river
  • Practice your Spanish as you explore a local market
  • Zipline through the forest
  • Go snorkeling among marine life

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Escape to Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, where you’ll volunteer in a beachside village and work to improve the lives of youth there. While it has many progressive policies to boast of, Costa Rica is still considered a developing country, and volunteer efforts can be a big help to its most vulnerable citizens. Clean up beaches, play sports with local children, help improve the schools and relax after a hard day's work at our beautiful Home Base. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy water sports, fun in the sun, and other activities with your new friends from all over the world.

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Community Service

You’ll live and work in a small beachside community where the ocean plays a large role in daily life. There are many community service opportunities here, and you’ll be working on a variety of projects depending on the needs of the community. You may assist in environmental projects such as beach cleanup, or volunteer on projects to improve a school’s infrastructure: Build a playground or an outdoor basketball court, play after-school sports and games with the children, or construct a bridge so that students can cross flooded areas to get to school.

Hands-On Learning

Living in an authentic community is a great way to learn about Costa Rican culture. Connect with the local people, learn to dance salsa and cumbia, taste delicious fruits, and try your hand at cooking local cuisine and jewelry making. Discuss current social issues in Costa Rica, including growing environmental concerns and the importance of eco-tourism. You'll also have opportunities to practice your Spanish or pick up new words with locals in the region.

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Costa Rica offers many exciting excursions in a natural setting. We’ll visit an adventure park and go ziplining, horseback riding and whitewater tubing down a roaring river. Our location near the stunning Pacific coast allows us space for impromptu soccer and volleyball games as well as a variety of water sports. Dance the night away with other students, take a boat ride, and catch breathtaking sunsets off the coast of majestic Costa Rican beaches.


Home Base will be located in Parrita, Costa Rica, a community close to the beach. Home Base offers students access to pools, impressive surroundings and a unique, authentic experience in Costa Rica. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have private bathrooms and air conditioning.

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Dates & Tuition

Costa Rica: Beachside Service Adventure 10-Day Program
Jun 16 - Jun 25, 2017
Jun 28 - Jul 7, 2017
Jul 10 - Jul 19, 2017
Jul 23 - Aug 1, 2017
Aug 4 - Aug 13, 2017
Aug 16 - Aug 25, 2017
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $2,299
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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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for adults and families, in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association.

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It was a really great experience. I felt like we were really doing something in the community that was around us. It was the first abroad community service trip I have done, and I would recommend it to people who haven't done something like this yet.

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