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Costa Rica: Middle School Service Adventure

Costa Rica: Middle School Service Adventure

Choose your own adventure - work with Costa Rican children in local schools or help to protect the country's incredible wildlife.

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Highlights

  • Zipline through the beautiful landscapes of Costa Rica
  • Spot birds, reptiles, other animals in the country's Central Valley
  • Take a traditional Costa Rican cooking class
  • Go on a chocolate tour guided by a local chocolate expert
  • Enjoy a day at one of Costa Rica's picturesque beaches

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Overview

Our new Costa Rica Middle School program is exclusive to 13-14 year olds. Choose between inspiring local children through volunteer work in schools, or rehabilitating and ensuring the wellness of Costa Rica's wildlife. Both tracks will participate in exciting activities like ziplining, hiking and a day at the beach.

When enrolling for this program, choose to focus on one of two tracks: Children & Community Development, or Wildlife Conservation. The track you choose will determine the focus of your experience and your community service projects.

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Community Service

Children & Community Development Track

Middle school students who choose the Children and Community Development track will make a difference in the lives of Costa Rican youth. Empower local children through your volunteer work in schools. Help refurbish classrooms and participate in cross-cultural exchange with students from the nearby towns.

Wildlife Conservation Track

Middle school students who select the Wildlife Conservation track will have lots of exposure to native Costa Rican wildlife, and will learn about sustainable animal care. Service includes feeding the animals, cleaning enclosures, creating toys and stimulating exercises, and general tidying of the grounds.

*Due to Costa Rican school breaks, all GLA students enrolling in the July 2-11 session will be in the Wildlife Conservation track.

Hands-On Learning

Experience true Costa Rican culture while living and learning in your new community. Connect with the local people, taste delicious fruits, and try your hand at cooking local cuisine. Dive into topics about animal welfare and children's access to education depending on which track you choose. You'll also have opportunities to practice your Spanish or pick up new words with locals in the region.

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Adventure

In Costa Rica, all trails lead to waterfalls, tropical forests or scenic beaches—there’s no shortage of adventure! Zipline through tall canopy trees, go hiking in the rainforest, and explore one of the country's pristine beaches. Discover the Cacao tree and feast on it´s fruit during an exciting chocolate tour. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience Costa Rica's exotic wildlife up close during your program. You never know where you might spot a sloth or monkey!

Lodging

Home Base will be a family-owned lodge in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica, which includes a large indoor common area and a pool. Wake up to the surrounding views of lush landscapes and the chirping of native birds. Students will share gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have access to western-style en-suite bathrooms.

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Dates & Tuition

Costa Rica: Middle School Service Adventure 10-Day Program (Children & Community Development Track)
2019 Dates
Jun 20 - Jun 29, 2019
Jul 15 - Jul 24, 2019
Jul 27 - Aug 5, 2019
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $3,599
Student/Staff Ratio: 5 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
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
Costa Rica: Middle School Service Adventure 10-Day Program (Wildlife Conservation Track)
2019 Dates
Jun 20 - Jun 29, 2019
Jul 2 - Jul 11, 2019
Jul 15 - Jul 24, 2019
Jul 27 - Aug 5, 2019
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $3,599
Student/Staff Ratio: 5 to 1
Community Service Hours: 20
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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