The Changemaker is designed for the impact-driven adventurer who wants to experience sustainable lifestyles all over the world. Travel to Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Ecuador, and the Galápagos with a cohort of motivated students.
Learn about the UN Sustainable Development goals as you travel through Latin America. Work with locals on these global challenges and explore the ecosystems and communities they are trying to conserve.
Upcoming travel dates:
Spring 2023: Jan. 27 – Apr. 7
Fall 2023: Sept. 8 – Nov. 17
Spring 2024: Feb. 16 – Apr. 26
Explore themes and topics related to sustainability on a global scale as you travel across Latin America.
Immerse yourself in four unique countries to better understand their cultures, environments, and histories; work alongside local partners to make a positive impact on complex ecological issues.
Practice cross-cultural communication, problem-solving, and teamwork as you collaborate with your cohort and local leaders to complete sustainability-centric service projects.
Be a force for good in the world and discover new ways to put your eco-principles into practice.
Costa Rica 13 Days
Fly to Costa Rica, where you’ll meet your cohort and have an Orientation at the UN’s University for Peace, an oasis in the mountains outside of San José where global leaders and students alike gather to work towards a better world.
In the volcanic mountains of Costa Rica, you’ll work on an organic farm, visit hot springs, and kayak on Lake Arenal. The Arenal region is an incredible spot to understand the complexities of natural risks like volcano eruptions as well as experience the biodiversity of Costa Rica.
Explore Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, including Manuel Antonio National Park, home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and unparalleled biodiversity, including sloths, toucans, and dolphins. Contribute to the conservation of this biodiversity by working in sea turtle conservation.
Panama 15 Days
Cross the land border into Panama and enjoy the blissful vibes of the mountain town of Boquete. Zipline through the lush greenery of the highlands, and learn how coffee is made in one of the preeminent coffee-growing regions of the world.
Discover the history and ecology of vibrant Panama City, and work with scientists on projects that use local resources to solve environmental problems. Visit the Panama Canal and explore the impact it has had on globalization and world trade. Enjoy two free days in the city to soak up the vibes.
Peru 11 Days
Begin your adventure in Peru with a few days in Lima. As the capital of Peru, Lima is the perfect place to be introduced to the fascinating history and culture of this Andean nation. Enjoy visiting historical sites in the city center and strolling along the modern coastal developments.
Deep in the Andes, at over 11,000 feet above sea level lies Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. This city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will learn about this city’s history, both ancient and modern.
Work on a sustainable agriculture project in Calca, a beautiful mountain town with agricultural practices that draw both from traditional practices and innovative methods. Learn about weaving from local artisans, and explore the Salineras salt mines.
Make traditional clay pottery in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, before traveling to Machu Picchu to soak up the incredible views from this Wonder of the World. Stay in a homestay for a night to experience the culture of the region.
Wrap up your time in Peru with a visit to the coast and a trip to the spectacular Islas Ballestas, home to spectacular wildlife like the Humboldt penguins and sea lions. Visit the National Reserve, a coastal desert.
Ecuador 22 Days
Catch your breath in Ecuador as you explore Quito—a sprawling mountain city at an elevation of almost 10,000 ft. Visit the nearby mountain town of Baños, where you’ll hike around the legendary waterfall of Devil’s Cauldron and then relax in their famous hot springs.
Head down the mountains and into Tena, deep in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. Spend time with a Kichwa community and learn about their culture and traditions. Stretch your adventure muscles with a hike and some whitewater rafting.
Snorkel with sea lions and sharks, spot blue-footed boobies and penguins, and see giant tortoises who are more than a century old. Learn about conservation efforts to sustain the ecosystems of these incredible creatures. Visit a sustainable farm, and learn about how climate change is impacting the fragile ecosystem of these magical islands.
Visit the bustling mountain market of Otavalo to buy any last-minute handicrafts before wrapping up your experience in Quito. After, participate in reflection activities with your cohort before returning home with a new appreciation for sustainability, biodiversity, and Latin American culture.
Tuition for this 10-week program is $16,450, and payment plans are available. Tuition includes:
Our Gap Year Consultants are ready to answer any questions you have and enroll you on our program.