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    Global Routes: Conservation, Culture & Community in Costa Rica

    Global Routes: Conservation, Culture & Community in Costa Rica

    Details

    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: Costa Rica
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July, August
    • Session Length: Four Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Community Service
    • Sub-Categories: Agriculture, Social Justice, Spanish, Animals/Nature, Hiking, Leadership, Preserving the Environment, Wildlife Conservation
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Overview

    BE MORE THAN A TOURIST!  Global Routes is a pioneer in the world of immersive international programming for high school students. Our transformative program model combines meaningful community service, authentic community stays, and unparalleled adventures off-the-beaten-track.

    Costa Rica: 4-Week Program, Session 1: June 28-July 26, 2023 / Session 2: July 7-August 5th, 2023
    Costa Rica is a perfect choice for the student seeking to improve their Spanish skills, contribute to a meaningful service project, and experience life-changing adventures in the heart of the rainforest. In the afternoon, you'll play soccer with local children, help your host family prepare the traditional dish of gallo pinto, or harvest sugar cane on the family farm. You'll explore exotic rainforests via zipline, rappel down waterfalls, learn to surf in the pristine Pacific Ocean, and whitewater raft the Savegre River. Experience the Pure Vida life!

    DATES: June 28 - July 26 OR July 7 - August 5
    GROUP SIZE: Up to 18 students (co-ed), 2 U.S. leaders, 2-3 Costa Rican Staff
    SERVICE HOURS EARNED: 40-60 hours
    LEARNING GOALS: Spanish, leadership, outdoor skills, construction
    TUITION: $6,395 (Financial Aid Available)

    GLOBAL ROUTES PROGRAM MODEL: Global Routes High School Summer Programs provide students (ages 14-18) with transformative international experiences focused on meaningful service, authentic community stays, and unparalleled adventure. Students develop critical global skills, leadership, confidence, compassion, and an enthusiasm for experiencing the world!

    ORIENTATION
    Spend your first days in Costa Rica experiencing the beauty of this nation in a rainforest lodge, a magical place that's situated well off-the-beaten-path and run by a generous and dedicated family. Climb giant trees, forage for medicinal plants, zip-line through the rainforest canopy, and learn how to make chocolate from cacao you gather with your own hands. Cool off by taking a dip in the nearby river, rappelling down a cascading waterfall, or exploring a local cave.

    COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
    For the next two weeks, you reside near a small rural village outside of San Isidro de El General. Here, in the hilly farmland of southern Costa Rica, you rise in the mornings to the sight of clouds enveloping the valley below. During the day, join your group and community members to complete a construction project. Practice your Spanish while playing soccer with local children or helping your host community friends prepare gallo pinto (Costa Rican rice and beans). These daily moments in rural Costa Rica welcome you into the pura vida way of life.

    TRAVEL ADVENTURES
    You depart your host community after a big farewell celebration, or despedida, and continue on to the quiet beach town of Uvita. Here, relax on tranquil tropical beaches, explore a local waterfall, and spend an afternoon learning to surf. At high tide the mighty Pacific Ocean draws near, extending an irresistible invitation for you to dive into its warmth. When it recedes at low tide, you can follow its trail along a wide sandbar that extends far into the horizon. As a final adventure, your group sets out on a whitewater rafting trip. This exciting stretch of rapids flows through a beautiful forested canyon, where waterfalls tumble from all directions into the Pacuare River.

    TESTIMONIALS
    “Before arriving in Costa Rica, I expected my role to be one of giving, but there turned out to be just as much receiving on my part. Overall, I found there to be a perfect balance of fun, and growth.” - Jolene, Costa Rica Student

    “Chloe came home from the Costa Rica trip beaming. She loved the people she met, loved the leaders, adored her fellow travelers. She had so much fun! She came back appreciative of our modern life in the U.S. and told us stories about her adventures for weeks afterward. She gained a lot of perspective and maturity from the experience. And she had the time of her life! Sending Chloe to Costa Rica with Global Routes was a million times over the right decision.” - Elizabeth, Costa Rica Parent

    ENROLL TODAY: Complete our brief first stage enrollment form to save your space. No commitment or deposit necessary. 

    CONTACT US: hello@globalroutes.org, (413) 585-8895

    Reviews (2)

    • Extraordinary Experience
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      Reviewed on 18/09/2022 by ejlgebauer

      My son was a Global Routes student in summer 2022. He was extremely nervous and more than a little scared about going on his first long adventure by himself, especially after 2 years of Covid that made everyone way too comfortable going nowhere and not making social connections. It was very hard for him to say goodbye and then embrace all the new people and experiences. The staff, his host family and the other students were incredibly open, accepting, warm and gracious with him. They helped him find a successful pathway through what ended up being an extraordinary adventure. With support, he was able to embrace the hard parts, really enjoy the good stuff and grow tremendously.
      When he arrived home, he was transformed. He feels more confident and comfortable in his own skin. This is visibly evident – he stands taller and is much more willing to try new things. For example, on his own initiative he decided to try out for the soccer team, which we feel he would not have been open to before his Global Routes experience.

    • Costa Rica With Global Routes
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      Reviewed on 21/01/2018 by Chloe

      In the summer of 2017, I went to Costa Rica with a group of teens from Global Routes. Honestly, it was one of the best months of my life. I met many amazing people, many of which I am still in contact with today and have become some very close friends. We talk often and visit each other for those who live in close cities. We became so close and now I feel safety talking to them about very real things. The leaders of the trip were also amazing. Two of them managed to keep 16 teenagers was very impressive. In the end we were a FAMILY, only living together for a month, but I feel so close to everyone.

    Testimonials(1)

    • "Chloe came home from the Costa Rica trip beaming. She loved the people she met, loved the leaders, adored her fellow travelers. She had so much fun! She came back appreciative of our modern life in the U.S. and told us stories about her adventures for weeks afterward. She gained a lot of perspective and maturity from the experience. And she had the time of her life! Sending Chloe to Costa Rica with Global Routes was a million times over the right decision."

      - Elizabeth, 2017 Parent - August 25, 2017