Program Details

Hike, paddle, and zipline through Costa Rica’s diverse ecosystems. Witness firsthand the country’s environmental conservation programs with sea turtles and other wildlife.
Location:
San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

The program begins in the country’s capital, San José, where you learn about Costa Rican history and culture with visits to museums and markets. From there, you will visit nature reserves and national parks, kayak in the Golfo Dulce or along the Osa Peninsula, and take in the splendor of Costa Rica’s coastline. A remote biological station nestled in the rain forest will be your classroom as you learn about Costa Rica’s efforts to protect rare tropical birds, indigenous animals, and plants. After ziplining and hiking your way through the rain forest’s dense canopy, you will visit a cacao farm engaged in sustainable agriculture practices and learn about chocolate production. An experienced Costa Rican naturalist will guide you throughout the program.

You will learn more about Costa Rica’s culture and communities during a two-week homestay with a local host family. There, you will take Spanish language classes, enjoy nature hikes, eat meals of gallo pinto, and partake in other activities, such as a community service project that focuses on

rural development and ecological sustainability. Following your homestay, you will visit the Ostional Turtle Lodge to learn about the olive ridley sea turtle conservation effort and sail the Pacific on a catamaran. Your Experiment ends with final exploration and reflection in San José.

To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/CSS.

At the conclusion of this program, students will earn a community service certificate noting the number of community service hours completed.

Setting Description:
Hike, paddle, and zipline through Costa Rica’s diverse ecosystems. Witness firsthand the country’s environmental conservation programs with sea turtles and other wildlife.
Cost:
$6190 USD. $6190

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
The Experiment in International Living is committed to helping students from a diversity of backgrounds participate through a variety of need-based scholarships. In 2016, The Experiment awarded a total of $2.4 Million in financial aid and scholarships.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 4 Reviews

  • One of the Greatest Experiences of my Life
    5.0
    09/01/17

    I am so grateful to have experienced something as incredible as 'The Experiment in International Living". During this month abroad, I was able to step out of my comfort zone, meet new people, experience and discover things I'd never thought of! I was

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Incredible Opportunity
    5.0
    08/30/17

    Traveling to Costa Rica through the Experiment was by far the best choice that I can recall ever making. Between the numerous friendships and relationships that I built with my group members, leaders, host family, and all of the amazing things that we

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Costa Rica review
    5.0
    08/27/17

    My Costa Rica trip was my first study abroad program and I loved it. I have tried so many things in Costa Rica which includes zip lining and kayaking. I also had a wonderful family that I still keep in touch with. I have learned so much about the Costa

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Let Me Go Back
    5.0
    08/14/17

    The title says it all. It truly was one of the best summers ever. I was able to experience a whole new culture and made some really great friends too. My leaders were compassionate and caring and they went out of there way to do what was best for us.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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