Immerse yourself in the culture and nature of Costa Rica as you hike, zipline, and kayak your way through different regions of the country. Collaborate with community members and NGOs to learn about conservation, reforestation, and sustainable development as you work on service learning projects with them. Wrap up your experience with time for reflection through workshops at the UN’s University for Peace.
Upcoming travel dates:
Fall 2023: Oct. 4 – Nov. 1
Spring 2024: Feb. 28 – Mar. 27
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.
The Central Valley 6 Days
Land in Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose, where you'll meet your fellow travelers and start your journey together. Visit a coffee plantation to learn about the importance of coffee on the Costa Rican economy.
Collaborate with an educational nonprofit in San Jose that seeks to lift up local youth through education, engagement, help with homework, and teaching English.
The Pacific Coast 8 Days
Explore Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica’s natural gems. Walk through the rainforest and try to catch sight of wildlife like toucans, monkeys, and sloths. Take in the pristine white sand beaches.
Learn about the importance of mangroves to coastal ecosystems as you work on a mangrove reforestation project. In your down time, enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Central Pacific Coast.
Travel to one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula. Partner with an organization that is dedicated to preserving the biodiversity of Costa Rica, and work with them on projects including their sea turtle conservation work.
Arenal & Monteverde 9 Days
Spend time at an off-the-grid, sustainable ranch surrounded by the rainforest. Take workshops that focus on sustainable agriculture. During free time, relax in the natural pools, enjoy yoga classes, or rest & recharge in nature.
Get your adrenaline pumping as you fly through the rainforest on a zipline and paddle your way through the mists of Lake Arenal. Relax your mind and body in the area’s famous volcanic hot springs.
Monteverde is a mountain town nestled in Costa Rica’s cloud forests. Work with a local non-profit and research facility on their reforestation efforts.
The Central Valley 3 Days
At the UN-founded University for Peace campus on a verdant mountain overlooking San Jose, unpack your experience on program and think about how it connects to global sustainability and well-being. Reflect with your group and celebrate all that you’ve been through together!
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 $7,400, and payment plans are available. A detailed budgeting guide for this program can be found here.
Your program tuition includes:
Our Gap Year Consultants are ready to answer any questions you have and to help find the perfect program for your family.