Sustainable Development in Costa Rica

4 weeks of making an impact and becoming a leader in the world's eco-tourism capital.

What you'll experience

This summer, collaborate with local organizations as they tackle issues like sustainability and conservation on the ground, and learn how you can apply these lessons to your own life as a leader in your community.

  • Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and learn about the social, economic and historical context around its structural issues.

  • Collaborate on various service initiatives and promote sustainable community development in partnership with local NGOs.

  • Learn about positive leadership, design your own life plan, and receive a certificate from the University for Peace.

  • Explore the Santa Elena Cloud Forest—a rainforest canopy teeming with rare tropical flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth.

What you'll gain

Get more independent, develop important life skills, and make friends for life. Return home with a clearer understanding of who you are and what you want from your next step.

  • Confidence & Independence

    Get out of your comfort zone and discover what you're capable of.

  • Global Citizenship

    Gain language skills, experience new cultures, and expand your horizons.

  • Self-Discovery

    Understand how to leverage your strengths and begin to define your life path.

  • Real Life Skills

    Learn how to live and travel on your own and build skills that will help you later in life.

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Program Details
  • Program Dates:

    June 30, 2022 – Jul 29, 2022

  • Program Length:

    4 weeks

  • Program Fee:


Included in the program fee

Here's what's covered during your time in Costa Rica.

  • Round-trip flights and local transportation during group excursions

  • Your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip

  • Guided group activities such as walking tours, museum visits, and a boat cruise along the Seine

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

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