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Costa Rica: Surf & Sustainable Service™

Costa Rica: Surf & Sustainable Service™

Awaken your inner surfer as you learn to ride Costa Rica’s dream waves and connect with the local community through sports.


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  • Learn to surf from seasoned veterans
  • Adopt the local surf culture and the mindful lifestyle of yoga practitioners
  • Organize a community service event for children and locals
  • Become a steward of marine conservation, community action and sustainability
  • Go whitewater rafting and hiking in the lush rainforest
  • Learn about project design and management from a local team

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Imagine waking up at dawn to natural light filtering through your bungalow, and a warm sea breeze—it’s time to surf. You’ll learn from seasoned veterans of the local surf community how to paddle out, pop up and trim across Costa Rica’s pristine waves. In the evening, you'll engage with the mindfulness of yoga. 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 leading an active mindful lifestyle through surfing and yoga, high-energy volunteering and outdoor adventure.

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Community Service

Sustainable development and community action are important tools to achieve a better quality of life. Learn from 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. Your surf and yoga instructors will teach more than the basics of these soul sports. 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, and see how yoga can contribute to mindfulness in the world. Cap it all off as you witness ongoing programs driven by local organizations providing solutions to some of the community's challenges.

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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. Practice yoga in an open-air studio, hike through the rainforest, and explore Marino Ballena National Park - established to conserve the rich marine ecosystems that are found inside the park boundaries.


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 & Sustainable Service™ 10-Day Program
2019 Dates
Jun 16 - Jun 25, 2019
Jun 28 - Jul 7, 2019
Jul 10 - Jul 19, 2019
Jul 24 - Aug 2, 2019
Duration: 10 days
Tuition: $2,699
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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