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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 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 focusing on the environment
  • See wildlife in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Zipline and learn to surf
  • Whitewater raft the world-class Pacuare River (21-Day Flagship Program only)

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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 the language from locals. 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

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. You’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

Enhance your language learning through immersive exchanges with the community: Every hour spent at a service site or on an adventure will push you to use your Spanish skills, creating a fun and intensive learning environment. Take advantage of home visits with local families, dance classes and cooking lessons conducted in Spanish. Learn 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 (21-Day Flagship Program only) 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 for this program—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
Duration: 28 days
Tuition: $6,198
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 with 8-Day Homestay Extension Flagship
2019 Dates
Jun 20 - Jul 17, 2019
Jul 14 - Aug 10, 2019
Duration: 28 days
Tuition: $6,198
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 73
Language Hours: 80
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 21-Day Program Flagship
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,199
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 21-Day Program Flagship
2019 Dates
Jun 20 - Jul 10, 2019
Jul 14 - Aug 3, 2019
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,199
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
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,698
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 with 8-Day Homestay Extension
2019 Dates
Jun 16 - Jul 6, 2019
Jul 2 - Jul 22, 2019
Jul 19 - Aug 8, 2019
Aug 4 - Aug 24, 2019
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,698
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 53
Language Hours: 70
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
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,699
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
Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure 14-Day Program
2019 Dates
Jun 16 - Jun 29, 2019
Jul 2 - Jul 15, 2019
Jul 19 - Aug 1, 2019
Aug 4 - Aug 17, 2019
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,699
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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