From white sand beaches to misty cloud forests, from towering volcanoes to beautiful rivers that cut through tropical canyons, and to hospitable, friendly communities, Costa Rica has it all. Since abolishing its military over 70 years ago, today this tiny democratic republic is known for its pacifism, commitment to environmental protection, and its status as a destination for those seeking safe yet exciting adventure travel set against breathtaking scenery. However, despite an extensive tourism industry, in many parts of Costa Rica there remains a need for help and service. Our programs offer unique access to Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets and friendliest communities. We are confident you will love the land of Pura Vida as much as we do!
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Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.
Immerse yourself in the local language and culture by staying with a host family
Work side by side with the Organization for Tropical Studies' scientists in one of most studied ecosystems in the world.
Learn about the history of the chocolate industry while assisting in its preparation process.
Zip-line though the jungle
Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle
Visit one of Costa Rica's most beautiful volcanoes
Stay in quaint jungle bungalows
Take private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best surfers
Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers
Release baby sea turtles into the wild (seasonal)
Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems
Explore a cloud forest, guided by a local naturalist
Assist with research efforts at the Reserva Playa Tortuga
Assist with surveys of marine and terrestrial wildlife
Clean up marine debris to ensure an unspoiled nesting habitat for sea turtles
Contribute towards an environmental service project
Discover the gorgeous beaches and world-class national parks of the Pacific coast
Communication was excellent! We had absolutely all the info we needed from the moment we signed up. LOVED the blog with photos. The prep and follow up activities on culture shock, re-entry, etc. were fantastic!!! Thank you!!!