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Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure

Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure

The cloud forest is your classroom, where Spanish immersion, volunteering and adventure coexist to create a limitless learning environment.

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Highlights

  • Take your Spanish to the next level through a structured immersion program
  • Practice with native speakers in an encouraging community
  • Volunteer on projects advancing sustainable community development
  • Learn about the importance of organic agriculture in protecting Costa Rica’s biodiversity
  • Visit the Extreme Forest Park for climbing, rappelling and ziplining
  • Surf with locals on a pristine beach
  • Whitewater raft the world-class Pacuare River

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Overview

Forget learning Spanish in a classroom—on this program you’ll live in the breathtaking cloud forest and learn to speak Spanish like a local, through real-life immersion in a welcoming community and conversation practice with native families.

In the face of increased tourism and development, Costa Ricans, or Ticos as they prefer to call themselves, continue to work toward high sustainability goals and protect their biodiverse home. Alongside passionate conservationists, you’ll volunteer on projects in eco-friendly building and agriculture, and interview community members—in their native language, of course! These experiences enhance your language immersion, making sure you get plenty of practice and return home a more confident Spanish speaker.

The GLA Experiential Language Curriculum™ integrates Spanish language learning into all aspects of the experience, allowing students to take away more of the culture, and also leave more behind. From community service to excursions and cultural events, language is given a new context. Spanish class will never be the same.

GLA now offers an optional homestay extension, exclusively to students on our Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure program. Extend your stay in Costa Rica an extra week after the completion of our program, and live with and volunteer alongside community members who are excited to host you. Immersion at this level is a great way to build your Spanish skills through conversation. For more information on the homestay, talk to an enrollment advisor or learn more here

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Community Service

Our community service projects focus on sustainable development in a rural mountain community. Partner with small, local coffee farms that are committed to transitioning from conventional to organic coffee production. This practice leads to mitigation of local health issues, environmental protection, and long-term economic benefits for small growers and their communities. We’ll also contribute to green building initiatives that reduce plastic waste and improve road conditions, ultimately improving children’s access to schools.

Hands-On Learning

Cross-cultural exchange is the key to true understanding, and language is no exception. GLA’s Experiential Language Curriculum™ incorporates language learning into structured immersive exchanges with a Spanish-speaking community: Every hour spent at a service site or even on an adventure will push you to use your Spanish skills, creating an intensive learning environment that a traditional classroom could not deliver. You’ll be placed into one of three language levels, and go through a curriculum developed by a local professor. Immersion activities will also include “adopt-a-gringo” home visits, interviews, and dance and cooking lessons in Spanish. You’ll learn about the importance of sustainable development and discuss social and environmental issues that reach far beyond Costa Rica’s borders.

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Adventure

In Costa Rica, all trails lead to waterfalls, tropical forests or unspoiled beaches—there’s no shortage of opportunities to get your adrenaline pumping!  Zipline through the tall canopy trees of the cloud forest, go rafting down Pacuare River’s world-class rapids and learn to surf with the locals of Dominical. You’ll have the opportunity to experience wildlife up close, in daily life and on an excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park. For a taste of city life, spend a night in San Jose, complete with a tour of Costa Rica’s national monuments.

Lodging

GLA operates two Home Bases- both of which are nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounded by cloud forest. Both locations have spectacular views, beautiful hiking trails and are exclusively used by our students and staff.

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Dates & Tuition

Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure 21-Day Program with 8-Day Homestay Extension Flagship
2018 Dates
Jun 22 - Jul 19, 2018
Jul 16 - Aug 12, 2018
Duration: 28 days
Tuition: $5,998
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 73
Language Hours: 80
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure 21-Day Program Flagship
2018 Dates
Jun 22 - Jul 12, 2018
Jul 16 - Aug 5, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 48
Language Hours: 35
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: Spanish Service Adventure 14-Day Program with 8-Day Homestay Extension
2018 Dates
Jun 22 - Jul 12, 2018
Jul 8 - Jul 28, 2018
Jul 24 - Aug 13, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,498
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 53
Language Hours: 70
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure 14-Day Program
2018 Dates
Jun 22 - Jul 5, 2018
Jul 8 - Jul 21, 2018
Jul 24 - Aug 6, 2018
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 28
Language Hours: 25
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
More Information

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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Ethan

Ethan

My adventure in Costa Rica was, without a doubt, one of the best experiences in my life. The three weeks were a perfectly constructed concoction of work, education, and fun. The trip definitely changed my view on the world and was a great way to spend part of my summer, I wish there had been a way to extend my stay.

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