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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 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 zipline and horseback
  • 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

While it has many progressive policies, Costa Rica’s rural populations can be overlooked, so 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.

Hands-On Learning

Learn about a variety of development issues that affect the daily lives of Costa Rica’s youth as well as future generations. On the 21-day program, dive into environmental sustainability: Learn how global consumerism has compromised the ecology, economy and social fabric of regions like the Nandamojo watershed. Observe alternative ways to grow, harvest and process coffee and other high-demand foods that are more sustainable and prevent unnecessary harm to the planet. Chat with locals in their homes over cafecito—the Tico equivalent of tea time—about the change they’ve witnessed over the years in Costa Rica.

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Adventure

On the 14-day program, go on a kayaking excursion, see the Arenal Volcano on horseback and experience a natural hot spring. On the 21-day program, go on a whitewater rafting adventure on the Tenorio River, hike through Monte Alto Nature Reserve with a regional conservation leader, horseback ride and visit a beachside wildlife refuge where turtles have been known to nest. On both programs, participate in cultural activities and dance classes, and see Costa Rica’s natural beauty from an exhilarating zipline!

Lodging

The 14-day program is based in Alajuela province. 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 is based in Guanacaste province. Home Base is a rustic ranch surrounded by nature that provides limitless opportunities to explore tropical forests and rivers.

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Dates & Tuition

Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2018 Dates
Jun 11 - Jul 1, 2018
Jul 6 - Jul 26, 2018
Jul 30 - Aug 19, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,099
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 40
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
2018 Dates
Jun 16 - Jun 29, 2018
Jul 2 - Jul 15, 2018
Jul 18 - Jul 31, 2018
Aug 3 - Aug 16, 2018
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,699
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 35
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

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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