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Costa Rica: Soccer Beyond Borders™

Costa Rica: Soccer Beyond Borders™

There’s no better way to become immersed in the local culture of Costa Rica than through the common language of fútbol.

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Highlights

  • Organize soccer camps for local youth
  • Play in scrimmages and a co-ed beach soccer tournament with local teams
  • Train with FIFA-certified coaches
  • Play an organized game at Edgardo Baltodano Stadium
  • Go ziplining, visit a natural hot spring, and partake in surf lessons
  • Float down the river on a white water rafting excursion

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Overview

From the scrappy matches that take over the village pitch to breathless exclamations of “Gooooal!” erupting on game days, no Costa Rican sporting venture can compare with fútbol. Every town has a soccer field, where local aficionados play in heated matches. Here, soccer has a history: not just as an organized sport, but as the neighborhood game—and you don’t need a field, official balls, cleats or shin guards to participate. In a town with few paved streets and cars, the rules are stripped away. All that remains is pure passion, and all the time in the world to practice ball control, technique, tactics and movement. Be immersed in the raw energy of Latin American fútbol, and learn how you can adopt the local style and signature technique while building a more inclusive world through this sport.

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Community Service

Soccer can be an effective vehicle for positive change and connecting cultures. Work directly with local youth in the small rural beach towns of Brasilito, Potrero and Santa Rosa by providing youth soccer camps! Public schools in these areas face challenges of overcrowded classrooms and lack of resources and most students only attend class for half-days. These soccer camps and after-school programs provide fun, safe and structured activities for local youth when they aren't in school. You will collaborate with public schools and local non-profit organizations to organize these camps with the goal of increasing youth sport participation, encouraging active and healthy lifestyles and promoting cross-cultural connection and understanding.

Hands-On Learning

Focus on your own player development: Drill technique and strategy for your specific position from FIFA-certified coaches, build strength and speed in athletic clinics, scrimmage against local teams and play in the stadium where some of Costa Rica’s modern soccer legends made their debuts. These experiences will help expand your knowledge of the game on an international level, improve your skills and introduce you to the signature Latin American style of play—free-flowing, improvisational and technical. Participate in nightly discussions about various topics related to soccer and social issues in Costa Rica.

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Adventure

Take advantage of your breaks from soccer to explore Costa Rica’s lush rainforests and pristine beaches. Go on a weekend excursion to the Arenal Volcano, where you’ll zipline and rest tired muscles in a natural hot spring. Enjoy a rush of adrenaline as you float down a river on a white water rafting excursion. Visit Playa Conchal beach, where seashells cover the shore as far as the eye can see. Take a cooking class and learn how to make local cuisine. Sport isn’t the world’s only universal language—a shared homemade meal post-game speaks volumes as well.

Lodging

Home Base will be on a campus situated five minutes from a small beach town in the Guanacaste region. The campus includes a full weight room, basketball court, common areas, cafeteria and dorms. Students will share dormitories with roommates, and have access to Western-style bathrooms.

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Dates & Tuition

Costa Rica: Soccer Beyond Borders™ 14-Day Program
2019 Dates
Jun 23 - Jul 6, 2019
Jul 9 - Jul 22, 2019
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,599
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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