Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children

Embrace Costa Rica’s children and make an impact on the next generation.

Highlights

  • Volunteer at rural schools and on an environmental education project
  • Discuss critical children’s issues in the region
  • Bond with local youth and families through your volunteer work
  • Experience Costa Rica’s rainforest canopy on zipline or horseback

Overview

Development issues in rural Costa Rica—from education access to sustainable land use—are all directly related to the wellness and futures of youth. On this program, you’ll be based in small towns far from the developed tourism hotspots of Costa Rica. Bond with the children and families of your neighborhood as you volunteer in their schools, help lead environmental education projects, and spend time working with local grassroots organizations passionate about engaging the community in more sustainable practices. After service, experience Costa Rica’s lush landscapes and its natural playground of outdoor adventure.

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Community Service

While it has many progressive policies in conservation and development, Costa Rica’s remote villages and rural populations can be overlooked. As a result, volunteer efforts to speed up development and education initiatives are critical. You’ll focus on various service projects as needed, all of which improve children’s quality of life and their access to community resources: Building a playground, paving a school driveway, beautifying the library or refurbishing la plaza—the local term for the soccer field. Volunteering alongside village residents and children, you’ll form unforgettable bonds and see the fruits of your service.

Hands-On Learning

A country that is well-known for its environmental efforts, you'll see first-hand the development issues that affect the daily lives of Costa Rica’s youth. Observe alternative ways to grow, harvest and process coffee and other high-demand foods that are more sustainable. Chat with locals in their homes over cafecito—the Tico equivalent of tea time.

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Adventure

See Costa Rica’s natural beauty from an exhilarating zipline, and boat as you get to see the region's wildlife up close and personal.

Lodging

Your Home Base in Costa Rica will be in a private hotel surrounded by nature. This region is remote and accommodations are clean and safe. The Home Base is exclusively used by GLA students and staff, and is surrounded by lush rainforest teeming with wildlife. Students will stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates, and will share gender-segregated bathrooms and shower facilities.

Dates & Tuition

The Initiative for Children
Duration:
Tuition: $0
Student/Staff Ratio: -
Max Capacity: Please Inquire (Minimum Group Size: 12)
Community Service Hours:
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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.