Costa Rica Community Service
- Experience everyday life in a traditional village
- Work on a variety of service projects such as restoring a building or planting trees
- Go kayaking or horseback riding in the shadow of Arenal Volcano
- Snorkel amid brilliant marine life
Community Service Projects
Students will spend an estimated 35–40 hours on service projects, working alongside community members on a variety of infrastructure, education, and sustainability projects.
Itinerary 14 Days
Costa Rica is known for its biodiversity and its pioneering conservation efforts. Steaming volcanoes poke out of thick, green jungle; and protected tropical rain forests, teeming with wildlife, reach all the way to the pristine coast. We'll make our home in a mountain village and work alongside members of the community on a variety of service projects, documenting life in the village through photos, journals, and video. Then set off to explore Costa Rica's most active volcano and the breathtaking western coast.
Community Service Village
8 days. After a day of orientation at the beach, travel to our village in the mountainous northwestern province of Guanacaste, and settle into everyday life. Our days start with a typical breakfast of rice, beans, eggs, and fresh fruit. Then split into teams and head out with members of the community to work on a variety of service projects. Clear forest trails, teach English to students at the elementary school, or paint a health center. Help build local housing, or pitch in on the restoration of a community building. Organize a village cleanup, plant trees, or develop a conservation project that the local youth can continue.
Each day, set out in small teams to work on your service projects, breaking for lunch and a short siesta in the early afternoon. In the late afternoon, take a break from your projects to explore this lush, mountainous area. Hike to a nearby swimming hole with your new Costa Rican friends, or arrange a game of pickup fútbol. Go for a walk in the tropical forests to look for monkeys and unusual flora. Join some of the local women in the kitchen to learn how to make tortillas and gallo pinto, or try your hand at milking at the town dairy farm. Throughout your time in the village, record your service project work through photographs, journal entries, and video. Under the guidance of your leaders, craft a story about your experience—about the challenges facing the community and of the impact of your work.