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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

  • Refurbish school buildings, playgrounds or community centers for children
  • Discuss critical children’s issues in the region
  • Enjoy cafecito—coffee and conversation—with a Costa Rican family
  • See Costa Rica by paddleboard, zipline, surfboard or on horseback
  • Hike to the Rio Celeste and its beautiful, blue waterfalls
  • Raft down a 12-foot rapid on the Tenorio river

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Overview

This program takes place in a pocket of secluded communities reachable only by rutted dirt roads. Far from the developed tourism hotspots of Costa Rica, you’ll be helping a more remote Tico village with improving resources for its youth. Through service projects, help speed development of community resources towards a brighter future for this community’s children. Bond with the children and community through impromptu soccer matches, learning how to cook arroz con pollo, dancing cumbia and practicing conversational Spanish. During downtime, experience everything Costa Rica has to offer: lush landscapes, diverse wildlife and plenty of outdoor adventure.

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Community Service

While it has many progressive policies in conservation and development, Costa Rica’s remote villages and rural populations can be overlooked. As a result, volunteer efforts to speed up development and education initiatives are critical. You’ll focus on various service projects as needed, all of which improve children’s quality of life and their access to community resources: Building a playground, paving a school driveway, beautifying the library or refurbishing la plaza—the local term for the soccer field. Volunteering alongside village residents and children, you’ll form unforgettable bonds and see the fruits of your service.

Hands-On Learning

A world leader in conservation efforts, Costa Rica is the best place for learning about environmental issues. You’ll visit a recycling center to understand the process and its crucial place in sustainability. You’ll also spend time at a family-operated farm learning how sugarcane is grown and milled, visit the SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and chat with locals over cafecito—the Tico equivalent of tea time. Most importantly, you’ll hear the stories of locals who have seen the landscape and culture of Costa Rica change over the course of their lives.

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Adventure

In this part of Costa Rica, adventure is around every corner. You’ll explore the rainforest, ride horses, and hike Costa Rica’s breathtaking landscapes. Visit a National Park and cross several puentes colgantes—hanging bridges—as you take in the rainforest views from all angles. On our 21-Day Flagship Program, hike to Rio Celeste and its famous blue waterfalls, and go whitewater rafting down a 12-foot rapid, passing everything from smooth lagoons to white-faced monkeys and other exotic wildlife.

Lodging

Your Home Base in Costa Rica will be in a private hotel surrounded by nature. This region is remote and accommodations are clean and safe. The Home Base is exclusively used by GLA students and staff, and is surrounded by lush rainforest teeming with wildlife. Students will stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and will share gender-segregated bathrooms and shower facilities.

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Dates & Tuition

Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children™ 21-Day Program Flagship
Jun 12 - Jul 2, 2017
Jul 7 - Jul 27, 2017
Jul 31 - Aug 20, 2017
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 52
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
Jun 17 - Jun 30, 2017
Jul 3 - Jul 16, 2017
Jul 19 - Aug 1, 2017
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,499
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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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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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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