Carpe Diem Education | Central America Semester: Sustainability & Spanish Immersion

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The baby turtle I found in the sand in Costa Rica. I named him Beans and released him into the ocean once the sun went down and his instincts kicked in.
My host family in Pasac. They provided us each with a bed when they had none and let us participate in family activities. The most eye opening experience of living in real poverty, yet still having a bed was incredibly. Such amazing people.


Learn about Sustainability and immerse yourself in Spanish language over the course of Carpe Diem's Central America semester. Students explore complex issues of sustainability through a variety of conservation projects and educational experiences. Learn about endangered marine life while getting an Open Water SCUBA certification, and help protect natural coastlines and turtle nesting sites while working with marine biologists. We strive to make sustainability projects real by partnering with communities and organizations that are pioneering responsible and innovative ways to approach sustainable development.

Students immerse themselves in Spanish language by living with host families and studying in one-on-on or small-group classes periodically throughout the program. Students will also use their Spanish to explore cross-cultural understanding with partner organizations during volunteer projects, as well as have opportunities to speak Spanish with local communities every day!

  • Sustainability
  • Spanish Immersion
  • SCUBA Certification
  • Spiritual Retreat
  • Homestay Immersion

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Carpe Diem changed my life!

Before going on this trip I had spent two years at college not knowing what I wanted to do with my life or where I was going. I lived in a little bubble with hardly any view on the real world. I had never left home for more than a week without my family and didn't go very far when picking a college.

From the moment I met my leaders and group at the airport I knew that this was going to be the best three months of my life, and I was right! My leaders were the most amazing two people in my entire life; they were so welcoming and interested in each one of us. They guided us through our ups and downs and made sure we were healthy and safe the entire way. They made sure that we were taken care of before they even thought about themselves! I now also have 10 other brothers and sisters in my life thanks to Carpe! My group members were just as amazing as my leaders were. I am so lucky to have met such amazing, beautiful people. I still keep in touch with them all the time!

The trip was just as wonderful as my fellow travelers. I felt completely safe the entire time I was away and got to experience things that most people never get to experience. From living in a hut that has no electricity and running water to scuba diving in the beautiful waters of Roatan, I loved every second of it. The people are so warm and welcoming and just want to teach you all about their culture. And I cant forget about the warm pan dulce or the fresh fruit.

If I could go back and do it again I would be jumping on a plane right now. I couldn't thank Carpe enough for this amazing experience that I had, it is something that I will never forget.

What would you improve about this program?
I would not change one thing about Carpe!