Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture, contextualizing your travels within local customs and history. Collaborate with locals and NGOs to complete service projects that will benefit the community, working towards conservation, reforestation, and sustainable development. Wrap up your experience with time for reflection at Leadership Academy at the UN’s University for Peace.
Upcoming travel dates:
Winter 2023: Jan. 2 – Jan. 30
Spring 2023: Apr. 19 – May 17
Summer 2023: Jul. 5 – Aug. 2
Winter 2024: Jan. 1 – Jan. 29
Summer 2024: Jul. 5 – Aug. 2
Gain first-hand experience building a more sustainable future; get out of your comfort zone and discover what you’re capable of.
Embark on a month of pura vida, exploring Costa Rica’s unique cultures and ecosystems.
Embrace a new culture, expand your horizons, and learn about your leadership style as you complete conservation projects alongside local communities abroad.
Collaborate towards change, working with local organizations to tackle on-the-ground issues in their communities; forge your own path forward, learning how to leverage your strengths and work with others.
Costa Rica 4 Weeks
Your program kicks off with a brief orientation, where you'll meet your fellow travelers and learn how to make the most of your experience.
Collaborate with a non-profit that seeks to lift up local youth through education by playing, helping with homework, and teaching English.
Contribute to seashore conservation by supporting the marine
biologists in their research and assisting with mangrove
Partner with a local foundation to assist sea turtle conservation efforts and learn about why these endangered animals are
Work with a community-based project that leverages sustainable tourism for ecological restoration and community outreach efforts.
Reflect on your experiences and how you can apply what
you’ve learned to your future. Hone your global leadership skills through speaker-led workshops. Sessions will focus on self- and global-awareness, influencing others, and executing on your
EF Gap Year's service learning philosophy combines educational objectives with hands-on experience as a vehicle to help you become a better global citizen.
Tuition for this 4-week program is $6,950, and payment plans are available. Tuition includes:
Our Gap Year Consultants are ready to answer any questions you have and to help find the perfect program for your family.