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.
Live and travel on your own, learning how to leverage your strengths and beginning to define your life path.
Work with local organizations as they tackle issues on the ground and learn how you can apply these lessons to your own life as a leader in your community.
Get out of your comfort zone and discover what you're capable of: gain environmental skills, experience a new culture, and expand your horizons.
Orientation 1 Day
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.
Service Learning 3 Weeks
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 restoration efforts.
Partner with a local foundation to assist sea turtle conservation efforts and learn about why these endangered animals are so important.
Work with a community-based project that leverages sustainable tourism for ecological restoration and community outreach efforts.
Leadership Academy 5 Days
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 personal goals.
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.