Costa Rica: Beachside Service Adventure

Experience the pure life—or Pura Vida—while giving back in an underserved beach community.

Highlights

  • Live in a coastal village near a beautiful beach
  • Volunteer on educational or environmental development projects
  • Float on innertubes down the Rio Negro
  • Practice your Spanish as you explore a local market
  • Zipline through the forest
  • Go on a catamaran ride and snorkel among marine life

Overview

Escape to Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, where you’ll volunteer in a beachside community on one of several projects available. While it has many achievements to boast of, many Costa Rican communities - individuals, families and children alike - still need your support. Volunteer efforts can be a big help to its most vulnerable citizens. Clean up beaches, play sports with local children, help improve the schools and relax after a hard day's work at our beautiful Home Base. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy water sports, fun in the sun, and other activities with your new friends from all over the world.

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Community Service

You’ll live and work in a small beachside community where the ocean plays a large role in daily life. There are many community service opportunities here, and you’ll be working on a meaningful project based on the needs of the community. You may assist in environmental projects such as beach cleanup, or volunteer on projects to improve a school’s infrastructure: Build a playground or an outdoor basketball court, play after-school sports and games with the children, or work on projects that support turtle ecosystems.

Hands-On Learning

Living in an authentic community is a great way to learn about Costa Rican culture. Connect with the local people, learn to dance salsa and cumbia, taste delicious fruits, and try your hand at cooking local cuisine. Discuss current social issues in Costa Rica, including growing environmental concerns and the importance of ecotourism. You'll also have opportunities to practice your Spanish or pick up new words with locals in the region.

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Adventure

Costa Rica offers many exciting excursions in a natural setting. Visit an adventure park and go ziplining and whitewater tubing down a roaring river. Your location near the stunning Pacific coast allows for impromptu soccer and volleyball games, as well as a variety of water sports. Dance the night away with locals and your fellow students, and take in breathtaking sunsets off the coast of majestic Costa Rican beaches.

Lodging

Home Base is an ecolodge located in a coastal region of Costa Rica known for its beautiful beaches and protected ecological areas. You’ll have access to pools and gardens. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and have private bathrooms and air conditioning.

Dates & Tuition

Beachside Service Adventure
Duration:
Tuition: $0
Student/Staff Ratio: -
Max Capacity: Please Inquire (Minimum Group Size: 12)
Community Service Hours:
Language Hours: -
Additional Notes
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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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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for adults and families, in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association.