Known for its coffee, cacao, and dairy products
pura vida = life is good, cool
sendero = trail
Gallo pinto (rice and black beans), plantains, tortillas
AMIGOS has worked in Costa Rica for 35 years.
*Dates may be subject to change.
June 19 – Participants arrive. Project Leadership Teams pick them up at the airport and the group travels to the briefing site.
June 20 – 23 – Briefing. Project Leadership Teams lead all participants in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Palmares Project. On the last day of briefing, we will host a ‘bienvenida,’ where host families and local youth will pick you up and take you to your host community.
June 24 – 30 – Week 1 of Extracurricular Activities, fun sessions for local youth that focus on specific topics. Week 1’s topic is “Identifying Local Resources.”
July 1 – 5 – Week 2 of Extracurricular Activities: Biodiversity and Respect for All Forms of Life
July 6 – 8 – Campamentos: organized community service retreats. Participants travel to San Isidro accompanied by local youth counterparts, and from there, groups of participants will travel to nearby communities to collaborate on a weekend project! This gives you a chance to visit multiple communities in the area and expand your opportunity for cultural exchange.
July 9 – 14 – Week 3 of Extracurricular Activities: Clean Energy – Preventing Water and Electricity Wastage
July 15 – 19 – Week 4 of Extracurricular Activities: Recycling and (Non)Renewable Resources
July 20 – 22 – Campamentos
July 23 – 28 – Week 5 of Extracurricular Activities: Leadership and Its Values
July 29 – August 2 – Week 6 of Extracurricular Activities: Volunteerism and Civic Engagement
August 3 – 5 – Campamentos
August 5 – 10 – Week 7 of Extracurricular Activities: Planting Sustainable Ideas – Green Initiatives
August 11 – Despedida – host families and local youth have a goodbye party for participants in San Isidro.
August 12 – 13 – Debriefing. Participants come together at the end of their program. This is a time to reflect on the experience, prepare for going home, and to go on fun excursions with your group!
August 14 – Participants depart