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Fill in the gap with service & language immersion in Costa Rica.

October 16 through December 12th 2020.
For ages 18-22.

Thinking about doing something different next semester? Taking time off from school doesn’t have to mean staying at home or being unproductive.

Make the most of your gap with our 8-week service and language immersion in Costa Rica. Sharpen your Spanish, make a hands-on contribution to a community and ecosystem in need, and earn college credit while you’re at it (IRL).

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Elevate your Spanish. All levels welcome!

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Give back to a community and ecosystem in need.

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Earn up to 6.0 college credits.

The experience at a glance

Our Costa Rica immersion is a combination of EF Gap Year’s best hits. Take a truly 360 degree deep-dive into local culture, language, and sustainable development goals*.

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Language Immersion


Your program kicks off with a brief orientation, where you'll meet your fellow travelers and get to know San Jose before heading to Tamarindo for your 4-week accredited Spanish immersion course. You'll live in a homestay or at the school residence, and take Spanish classes at our gorgeous EF campus. Classes are typically a few hours a day, giving you plenty of time to explore and hang out with friends. Did we mention our campus is just steps away from the Pacific Ocean?

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Service Learning


Collaborate with local social enterprises to support community efforts and protect endangered species. Highlights include sea turtle conservation in Corcovado National Park, rainforest exploration at Manuel Antonio National Park, and English teaching and afterschool mentorship in San José.

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Leadership Workshop


Wrap up your Costa Rican immersion with a 3-day Leadership Workshop where you’ll reflect on your experiences and how you can apply what you’ve learned to your future—and hone your global leadership skills.

*This itinerary is subject to change due to availability and local conditions at the time of departure

“Studying Spanish in Costa Rica was amazing. In between classes you can go in the pool or go to the beach, just so many different things. My class only had 5 people in it, so I really got one-on-one attention from my teacher, which was awesome and I ended up learning a lot more because of it.”


Annabel, EF Gap Year alum from New Jersey


Earn college credit

You could earn up to six semester hours of credit through our educational partnership with Southern New Hampshire University. Enroll in the corresponding courses at SNHU to receive credit for your participation in our program:


Language and Cultural Fluency
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Civil Service in Modern Society
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Program Fee

Tuition for this 8-week program is $12,500, and scholarships are available. Tuition includes:

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    Airfare & Transportation
    Round-trip flights and local transfers to each stop in your itinerary

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    Meals & Accommodations
    Your room and board throughout the trip*

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    Language Classes
    4-Week course at EF's accredited language school.

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    Activities & Excursions
    Guided service learning projects, recreational outings, and tours

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    Global Support Network
    One-on-one mentorship and travel support before and during your program

  • *More than half of all meals are included; additional cost for EF Language Residence and subject to to availability.

Book before June 15, 2020 and
cancel anytime, risk-free by July 15, 2020.

Interested in learning more?

The first step is to speak with one of our Gap Year Consultants, who will be able to provide you with more details about the program and answer any questions you might have. Spaces (and scholarships) for our program are limited, so we recommend getting started now while spots last!

Photos from the road

Check out these snaps from former EF Gap Year students living the Pura Vida.

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The world leader in international education

When you travel with EF Education First, you travel with a global organization that has been in operation since 1965. EF’s mission has always been to open the world through education, and we’ve successfully delivered on that promise for millions of students.









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