The Adventurer

12 weeks: Language study in Costa Rica and service learning in Peru

Venture into new, breathtaking territory

The Adventurer is the right fit for the traveler who is passionate about outdoor adventure and sustainability and is interested in elevating their Spanish—all levels welcome. Experience two vibrant cultures in-depth and learn what it takes to make an impact in the world.

Spend the majority of your semester in Latin America where you’ll experience Costa Rica and Peru’s astonishing biodiversity and natural beauty. You’ll visit tropical rainforests and Machu Picchu, sharpen your Spanish with locals, and get an impressive understanding of sustainable practices and social entrepreneurship.

Spring 2022 Dates:
Jan. 21 – Apr. 9
Fall 2022 Dates:
Sep. 16 – Dec. 2
Program Highlights
  • European Immersion: Embark on a guided tour of London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Barcelona with your cohort.
  • Language Study: Study Spanish just steps from the surf in Costa Rica. You’ll live with a local host and have plenty of free time to explore Tamarindo on your own.
  • Service Learning: Experience Peru’s sustainable development goals in action through hands-on projects with NGOs and cultural immersion. Trek through mountains, valleys, and salt flats, and cross Machu Picchu off your bucket list.
  • EF Leadership Academy: Reflect on what you’ve learned, and hone your leadership skills through workshops and activities.

Program Itinerary

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

Gap Semester 12 Weeks

European Immersion

2 Weeks Europe European Immersion

Every EF Gap Semester program kicks off with a guided, culturally immersive tour of four iconic European cities: London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona. Bond with your cohort as you explore these cities and make lifelong memories together.

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Language Study in Costa Rica

4 Weeks Costa Rica Language Study

Sharpen your Spanish at our seaside EF Tamarindo language schools. Steps from the ocean, you'll accelerate your learning by interacting with locals outside of class.

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Service Learning in Peru

4 Weeks Peru Service Learning

Work with several NGOs and local community members to implement sustainable structures, spend time empowering youth on the outskirts of a city, and immerse yourself in local culture as you participate in daily life.

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EF Leadership Academy

1 Week London EF Leadership Academy

Our gap semester programs culminate with a transformative series of workshops and seminars led by experts in business and international relations. Reunite with the rest of your cohort to reflect on your gap, develop a post-gap plan for success in college and your career, and say goodbye to everyone during a gala farewell banquet and awards ceremony.

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Program Fee

Tuition for this 12-week program is $18,500, and payment plans are available. Tuition includes:

  • Flights and transportation

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

  • Room and board

    Your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip

  • Activities and service projects

    Guided excursions and service opportunities with partner organizations

  • Course at an EFLanguage Campus

    Tuition for 4-week course at EF's accredited language school

  • Global support network

    One-on-one mentorship and 24/7 travel support before and during your program

A closer look at Costa Rica

One of the world’s top eco-tourism destinations, Playa Tamarindo is the ideal setting for your language learning experience.

You’ll be just a few minutes from the some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and a short trip to waterfall hikes and jungle canopy tours.

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Take a peek at our programs in Peru

Peru’s energetic charm, ingrained sustainable practices, and incredible biodiversity make it an overwhelmingly charismatic nation.

During your time in Peru, you’ll focus on sustainability, empowering youth, and immersing yourself in local culture as you participate in daily life.

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