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Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children™

Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children™

Embrace Costa Rica’s children and make an impact on the next generation.

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Highlights

  • Volunteer at rural schools and on an environmental education project
  • Discuss critical community issues in the region
  • Bond with local youth and families through your volunteer work
  • Experience Costa Rica’s rainforest canopy on a zipline
  • Go on two overnight excursions, one where you’ll raft down the Tenorio River (21-Day Flagship Program Only)

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Overview

Development issues in rural Costa Rica—from education access to sustainable land use—are all directly related to the wellness and futures of youth. On this program, you’ll be based in small towns far from the developed tourism hotspots of Costa Rica. Bond with the children and families of your neighborhood as you volunteer in their schools, help lead environmental education projects, and spend time working with local grassroots organizations passionate about engaging the community in more sustainable practices. After service, experience Costa Rica’s lush landscapes and its natural playground of outdoor adventure.

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Community Service

Volunteer efforts that help speed up skills development for children and bolster education are crucial. On the 14-day program, empower local children through your volunteer work in schools. Help refurbish classrooms and participate in cross-cultural exchange with students from the nearby farms. On the 21-day program, focus on providing integrated environmental education to youth of all ages. Work directly with students on reforestation and ecological preservation projects, encouraging them to become engaged in real-world issues that transcend classroom walls.

For those students who enroll on the July 2 - July 15 session, you will have an incredible and unique opportunity to engage with local children at a summer camp instead of in a school setting, as the kids are off on holiday.

Hands-On Learning

A country that is well-known for its environmental efforts, you'll see first-hand the development issues that affect the daily lives of Costa Rica’s youth. On the 21-day program, dive into environmental sustainability: Learn about Costa Rica's "Bandera Azul" program, a certification program that ensures schools are meeting environmental education standards. Observe alternative ways to grow, harvest and process coffee and other high-demand foods that are more sustainable. Chat with locals in their homes over cafecito—the Tico equivalent of tea time.

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Adventure

On the 14-day program, go kayaking, see the Arenal Volcano on horseback and experience a natural hot spring. On the 21-day program, go whitewater rafting on the Tenorio River, standup paddleboard through a mangrove forest, see crocodiles, monkeys, and birds on a riverboat tour, hike through Monte Alto Nature Reserve, enjoy a Catamaran cruise with time for snorkeling and visit a beachside wildlife refuge where turtles have been known to nest. On both programs, see Costa Rica’s natural beauty from an exhilarating zipline!

Lodging

The 14-day program's Home Base is an all-wooden lodge surrounded by rural pineapple and sugarcane farms. There are three lakes near the property where students can swim, kayak or fish. The 21-day program's comfortable and safe Home Base is located a short distance from the beach, with a pool. Students will stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates.

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Dates & Tuition

Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2019 Dates
Jun 17 - Jul 7, 2019
Jul 11 - Jul 31, 2019
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,099
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 60
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
Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children™ 14-Day Program
2019 Dates
Jun 16 - Jun 29, 2019
Jul 2 - Jul 15, 2019
Jul 18 - Jul 31, 2019
Aug 3 - Aug 16, 2019
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,799
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 36
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
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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Denise

For the ephemeral time I was in Costa Rica, I had an experience that would be unforgettable! I was able to immerse myself into their culture, make an impact, and create twenty-one close-knit friendships with strangers whom I have never met before. I was surprised by how quickly my peers and I bonded, the freedom that the GLA staff provided, and my recognition to call Costa Rica my second home. This program has provided me with a new prospective, life-long friends, and the continuous desire to make a difference.

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