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Costa Rica: Surf & Ocean Stewardship Adventure

Costa Rica: Surf & Ocean Stewardship Adventure

Awaken your inner self as you ride Costa Rica’s waves and connect with the local community through your environmental efforts.


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  • Learn to ride the waves from seasoned veterans
  • Organize a community service event for children and locals
  • Become a steward of marine conservation, community action, and sustainability
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Explore the waterfalls and lush jungle of Corcovado National Park

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On this program you will learn how to paddle out, pop up and trim across Costa Rica’s pristine waves from seasoned members of the local surf community. Connect deeply with community leaders of Bahia Ballena, your beachside home, and organize a community service event for local children and citizens. Consider the role that sustainable development plays in Tico society, and spend your days surfing and engaging in high-energy volunteering and outdoor adventure.

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Community Service

Work with community leaders and organizations taking action on meaningful initiatives. Service will be a mixture of projects, including hands-on infrastructure building and community refurbishment, and your hosts will weave in project design and management skills throughout. Additionally, learn to organize and execute a service project with childrens and locals, as well as educate visitors and residents on acute environmental issues.

Hands-On Learning

Living and volunteering in Bahia Ballena will introduce you to the major role the ocean plays in daily life—not only in Costa Rica, but around the world. You’ll learn about surfing origins, observe a sustainability-driven lifestyle, and visit a board shaping bay. Engage in discussions on ocean conservation and the climate. Witness ongoing programs driven by local organizations providing solutions to some of the community’s challenges, and learn methods and philosophies that you can apply to your own projects.

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Costa Rica is known for being an outdoor adventurer’s playground, and Bahia Ballena is no exception. In addition to endless opportunities for surfing, you’ll also go on a whitewater rafting expedition that will allow you to fully appreciate this region’s rugged, untouched landscape. Hop aboard a chartered boat and adventure for a day in Corcovado National Park, where you'll visit a breathtaking waterfall, learn about the incredibly diverse flora and fauna, and maybe even see monkeys perched in the treetops!


Home Base is a small ecolodge in Bahia Ballena, surrounded by lush gardens. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms with fans and bathrooms with cold water showers. Meals will be hearty and healthy, consisting mostly of Costa Rican staples: rice and beans, meat, vegetables and lots of tropical fruit.

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Dates & Tuition

Costa Rica: Surf & Ocean Stewardship Adventure 14-Day Program
2020 Dates
Jun 16 - Jun 29, 2020
Jul 2 - Jul 15, 2020
Jul 18 - Jul 31, 2020
Aug 3 - Aug 16, 2020
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
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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