Sustainable Development in Costa Rica

July 1–July 30, 2021

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Experience pura vida and work towards a sustainable future for Costa Rica

From its mist-enshrouded volcanoes to its lush rainforests, Costa Rica’s stunning natural beauty draws nature-lovers and adventurers from around the world. Though small in size and population, Costa Rica contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity, making it a critical site for conservation efforts.

While Costa Rica is often cited as one of the happiest countries in the world, it is not without its own problems, facing rising poverty levels and the compounding effects of environmental degradation. Collaborate with local organizations as they tackle U.N. Sustainable Development Goals on the ground, and learn how you can apply these lessons to your own life as a leader in your community.

Program Highlights

  • Exploration

    Trek through volcanic mountains, hike to waterfalls, and experience the Santa Elena Cloud Forest—a rainforest canopy teeming with rare tropical flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth.

  • Conservation

    Partner with a local foundation to assist sea turtle conservation efforts and contribute to their conservation by assisting with mangrove restoration.

  • Youth Outreach

    Collaborate with a non-profit that seeks to lift up local youth through education.

  • Leadership

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

Earn College Credit

You could earn three semester hours of credit through our educational partnership with Southern New Hampshire University. Enroll in the corresponding course at SNHU to receive credit for your participation in our program:

Civil Service in Modern Society

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