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Costa Rica Conservation

Spanish, Environmental Protection, and Cross-cultural Learning

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COSTA RICA PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Improve your Spanish as you work alongside community members on a service project or enjoy a warm meal of gallo pinto with your host community.

Dive into the heart of the Rainforest. You’ll climb giant trees, forage for medicinal plants, learn Costa Rican homestyle cooking, and zip-line across the canopy.

Whitewater raft on the Savegre river, through deep canyons and lush tropical rainforest.

Relax, swim and take surfing lessons in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

"Our daughter had the best time with the Global Routes trip to Costa Rica. It was such a positive experience for her! The trip definitely helped her get out of her comfort zone and has improved her confidence! From all the stories she has been telling me ever since she has gotten back, its all been great."
Seema, Parent, Costa Rica
"Global Routes is a life changing program that will expose you to a new experience and at times put you out of your comfort zone. This program aims to show young people the importance of perspective, which is extremely important in today's world where it’s so easy to be blinded and absorbed by the perspectives of ourselves."
Annabelle, Student, Costa Rica
"This summer I learned almost as much as I laughed! My host family demonstrated kindness and generosity in a way I had never experienced before in my life. The trip was not only gorgeous but also filled with so much joy, laughter, and love, shared with people who I will never forget.”
Zo, Student, Costa Rica
SAMPLE 2-WEEK ITINERARY
SERVICES PROVIDED BY GLOBAL ROUTES
  • Project Coordination
  • Service Placement
  • Food & Housing
  • Booking Airfare
  • Transportation
  • Re-entry Guidance
ORIENTATION

Focusing the group and laying foundations: 

Spend your first days in Costa Rica experiencing the beauty of this nation in a rainforest lodge, a magical place well off-the-beaten-path and run by a generous and dedicated family.

Climb giant trees, forage for medicinal plants, zip line through the rainforest canopy, and learn how to make chocolate from cacao you gather with your own hands.

Cool off by taking a dip in the nearby river, rappelling down a cascading waterfall or exploring a local cave.

COMMUNITY SERVICE & CULTURAL EXCHANGE

Spend time near a small rural village outside of San Isidro de El General. Here, in the hilly farmland of southern Costa Rica, you rise in the mornings to the sight of clouds enveloping the valley below. During the day, join your group and community members as you pass cinderblocks from hand-to-hand towards the completion of a construction project.

Practice your Spanish while playing soccer with local children, while helping your host community friends prepare gallo pinto (Costa Rican rice and beans) or while harvesting sugar cane on a family farm.

These daily moments in rural Costa Rica welcome you into the pura vida way of life.

TRAVEL ADVENTURES

You depart your host community after a big farewell celebration, or despedida, and continue on to the quiet beach town of Uvita.

Here, relax on tranquil tropical beaches, explore a local waterfall, and spend an afternoon learning to surf. At high tide the mighty Pacific Ocean draws near, extending an irresistible invitation for you to dive into its warmth. When it recedes at low tide you can follow its trail along a wide sandbar that extends far into the horizon.

As a final adventure, your group sets out on a whitewater rafting trip. This exciting stretch of rapids flows through a beautiful forested canyon, where waterfalls tumble from all directions into the Pacuare River.

Program Details
Dates
Available All-Year Round
Starting/Ending Point
Varies depending on location of group
Learning Goals
Spanish skills, social justice, sustainability leadership, cross-cultural understanding, global competencies, outdoor adventure, service
Service Hours Earned
Varies depending on scope of program
Language Requirement
None required, but basic Spanish exposure is beneficial
Climate
High 80°F, Low 65°F
Group Size
Varies depending on group
Spaces Available
OPEN
Cuisine
Fresh fruits and veggies, beans and rice
Program Fee
Tuition Varies based on number of students, length and scope of program
International airfare is not included in the tuition. Roundtrip airfare to Costa Rica is generally $600-$1,000.
Accommodations
Rainforest Lodge, Hotels, Guest Houses, Homestays

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