Explore Costa Rica on this 17-day group experience for students ages 15–17 who are committed to addressing environmental issues. This program model is unique with Spanish language instruction included. Travel across Costa Rica, support community innovations to protect biodiversity (including endangered sea turtles!) and manage the impact of climate change, and get the chance to meet local activists where they work.

You'll earn 25 service hours while having a blast!

Example Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Costa Rica and spend the night in the capital, San Jose.

Day 2

Begin group preparation and training for your trip. Travel to the Spanish school in a cloud forest and explore the area.

Days 3–7

Take Spanish classes and join in fun training activities with your group. Learn about community conservation initiatives and how local communities have adapted to overcome environmental problems. Explore the cloud forest, discover local species, and take in outstanding landscapes.

Days 8–14

Travel to the Caribbean coast to visit the environmental conservation project—learn about conservation efforts and sea turtles, patrol the beaches for nesting turtles, clean up the area, participate and lead activities with local youth and get involved with community service projects.

Spend time with your host family, exchange recipes and board games, practice popular dances, and play volleyball on the beach!

Day 15

Go on a group adventure to a national park!

Days 16–17

Join in group reflection activities and head home.

About the Region

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.

Climate

Tropical

Pura Vida

You’ll get to see biodiversity and conservation in action while volunteering with a sea turtle protection project. Part of your stay will take place in a rural community, where you’ll get the chance to integrate into the local community! While you’re there, you’ll work with your AMIGOS partners to lead fun and educational activities for children, participate in different initiatives of the partner organization and learn about environmental issues and conservation efforts.

Costa Rica
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Why Choose AMIGOS?

Travel with Trust

AMIGOS has run programs in the United States and Latin America for more than 55 years. We’re the expert in service and immersion programs in Latin America and the industry leader in health and safety. Learn about our health and safety system here. We book the airfare for each of our volunteers and an AMIGOS representative travels with the group on the international leg of their flight.

AMIGOS programs provide a unique opportunity to experience a new culture as a local, not a tourist. All volunteers will take Spanish classes at the beginning of the program to jumpstart their Spanish language learning or improvement. Volunteers who already know some Spanish will play a leadership role in their group, translating and practicing the language in a real-world context. Living in an immersive environment and spending time with locals makes it more fun and easier to learn. You will not believe how fast your Spanish improves when you use it in conversation everyday!

Make an Impact

We work with trusted local partner organizations to identify communities that are passionate and committed to working with our volunteers. You’ll be supporting existing initiatives the partner organization and community have identified prior to your arrival. You’ll earn 25 service hours while having a blast!

Build Real Relationships

Do more than just travel — live in a local community and join in day-to-day life! You will become part of your host community, and you’ll connect with people you otherwise would never have the chance to meet. Bond with locals, make friends, and spend time with your fellow volunteers.

Have an Adventure

Travel to must-see spots in your host country! You’ll visit unique destinations like volcanoes, national parks, and historical sites, and see these places from the distinct perspective of someone who has lived in the country and learned about the culture firsthand. Plus, you’ll bond with fellow volunteers and have fun!

Protect the Environment

Earn 25 service hours while you work on an environmental project that protects wildlife. Be a champion for endangered sea turtles by working with local agencies to clean up the beach and conserve turtle eggs. You’ll get to have a hands on part in local conservation and you’ll get to lead activities with kids in your host community.

Train and Prepare

AMIGOS prepares volunteers with pre-departure and in-country training in topics like multicultural understanding, health and safety, community development, travel safety, Spanish, leadership, and team building.

While abroad, volunteers join in on nightly reflections led by AMIGOS staff members. At the end of their service, volunteers come together as a group to participate in debriefing — putting what they learned in context, preparing to go home, and exploring their host country on group excursions.

Our Service Philosophy

We believe it is crucial to work with local communities, not for them. If we listen to what communities actually want, instead of making decisions for them, the service projects that volunteers implement will be more successful and sustainable. Local buy-in facilitates a deeper, more meaningful experience for volunteers and paves the way to building positive relationships across cultures.

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Length Training
Dates
In-Country
Dates
Ages Application
Deadline
Price
Session A 17 days

Online and incorporated into briefing

June 20–July 6

15–17 April 7, 2020

$4,650

(click here for info about financial assistance and fundraising support)

Session B 17 days

Online and incorporated into briefing

July 11–27

15–17 April 7, 2020

$4,650

(click here for info about financial assistance and fundraising support)

  • Session A
  • Length
    17 days
  • Training Dates

    Online and incorporated into briefing

  • In-Country Dates

    June 20–July 6

  • Ages
    15–17
  • Application Deadline
    April 7, 2020
  • Price

    $4,650

    (click here for info about financial assistance and fundraising support)

  • Session B
  • Length
    17 days
  • Training Dates

    Online and incorporated into briefing

  • In-Country Dates

    July 11–27

  • Ages
    15–17
  • Application Deadline
    April 7, 2020
  • Price

    $4,650

    (click here for info about financial assistance and fundraising support)

The goodbye party made me feel very welcome and happy, even though it was our last day at the school. It made me feel very special that they would share their culture with us.

—Jordan, AMIGOS Volunteer, 2018

Program Requirements
  • Meet the health criteria for AMIGOS participation and follow the mental health procedures if necessary.
  • Receive required immunizations and medications
  • Be age 15–17 on the project start date
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Do you want to volunteer hands-on with sea turtle conservation, learn and practice Spanish, see different regions of Costa Rica, and earn 25 service hours while having an amazing adventure?

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Volunteers on Explore AMIGOS will learn about environmental issues and conservation projects, try new foods, study and practice Spanish, and do activities with local youth volunteers. ...

Explore AMIGOS is a 17-day trip for young people ages 15-17 to Costa Rica led by experienced facilitators but filled with independence and adventure! ...

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