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Costa Rica: Beachside Service Adventure

Costa Rica: Beachside Service Adventure

Experience the pure life—or Pura Vida—while giving back to a rural beach community.


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  • Live in a coastal village near a beautiful beach
  • Volunteer on educational or environmental development projects
  • Float on innertubes down the Rio Negro
  • Practice your Spanish as you explore a local market
  • Zipline through the forest
  • Go on a catamaran ride and snorkel among marine life

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Escape to Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, where you’ll volunteer in a beachside community on one of several projects available. While it has many achievements to boast of, many Costa Rican communities - individuals, families and children alike - still need your support. 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 meaningful project based 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 work on projects that support turtle ecosystems.

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. Discuss current social issues in Costa Rica, including growing environmental concerns and the importance of ecotourism. 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. Visit an adventure park and go ziplining and whitewater tubing down a roaring river. Your location near the stunning Pacific coast allows for impromptu soccer and volleyball games, as well as a variety of water sports. Dance the night away with locals and your fellow students, and take in breathtaking sunsets off the coast of majestic Costa Rican beaches.


Home Base is an ecolodge located in a coastal region of Costa Rica known for its beautiful beaches and protected ecological areas. You’ll have access to pools and gardens. 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
2020 Dates
Jun 13 - Jun 22, 2020
Jun 25 - Jul 4, 2020
Jul 7 - Jul 16, 2020
Jul 20 - Jul 29, 2020
Aug 1 - Aug 10, 2020
Aug 13 - Aug 22, 2020
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $2,499
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 families and friends.

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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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