• Costa Rica
1 - 2 weeks
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Program Details

Animal Viewing Bird Watching Cycling Hiking Surfing Swimming
Summer Winter


What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Park Fees Tour Guide Transportation
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance
Oct 19, 2023
Jun 24, 2022
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About Program

The award-winning Sustainable Action program is a look behind the curtain of Costa Rica’s renowned commitment to sustainability. How has Costa Rica achieved success in environmental conservation and what does this look like in local communities? What challenges are left to address? With visits to local organizations, you’ll explore key topics in sustainable development such as climate change, land conservation, wildlife protection, and access to education. Stay active along the way with hiking, swimming in waterfalls, and more!

Included: Accommodation, most meals, site visits to local NGOs, outdoor activities including hiking, biking, swimming, animal spotting, airport pickup, trip leaders, and more!

Whether you're taking a gap year, a post-college learning adventure or just a getaway, we welcome you to join us!

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We are committed to exert a positive impact on the regions, countries and communities which we visit. For us it is paramount that the local organisations and communities benefit from our cooperation by working with trusted local businesses and project partners who align with our sustainability objectives.

Ethical Impact

We are passionate about travel and the positive impact it has on young people’s outlook and future prospects. Our mission is to help people become global citizens through authentic, socially and environmentally responsible travel experiences which aid self-discovery and personal development.

As a small team, we are committed to providing a highly personalised service from your initial contact right through to your chosen adventure. We achieve this through our dedicated team of program leaders and support staff, all of whom are passionate travellers united by a common purpose to help young people explore the world.

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Program Reviews

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  • Housing 4.7
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 5
  • Value 4.8
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Sustainable Action Costa Rica

The trip to Costa Rica was full of vibrant, unique experiences. From learning about the culture of indigenous people to seeing the beautiful animals of the jungle, there was never a dull moment on this journey. Aside from the exciting excursions, the group members also made the trip super fun. It was refreshing to meet new people and to go on so many adventures. The program also creates awareness of environmental restoration efforts through engaging young adults with hands-on activities. This experience has given me great friends, wonderful memories, and a renewed interest in environmental conservation! I am very thankful to have been able to go on this trip.

  • Exploring new cultures (Bri Bri)
  • Meeting peers with similar interests (new friends!!)
  • Seeing and learning about wildlife that I have never seen before
  • Bug bites
  • Possible allergic reactions (to plants)
  • Sweaty after excursions
98 people found this review helpful.
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Costa Rica trip

It was really nice, especially seeing the tribes and seeing the way they live and getting off our phones to connect to the world. U learn a lot during this trip while having a lot of fun. The amount of wildlife you get to experience was also very nice. Not only did the tour guides help give more info on the animals, but then seeing them in the wild on ur own knowing certain facts about them was very fun. Also you can’t forget the beaches, the waters were so warm and the views were so pretty. Would definitely recommend this trip to others

  • Meet new people
  • Challenge you Spanish skills
  • Try new things
  • Clothes get very sticky in suitcase after a few nights
  • The money exchange can make things challenging
  • Talking to the locals got difficult sometimes without Colin
97 people found this review helpful.
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Sustainable Action Costa Rica

In the beginning I was very nervous about going on this trip because I have never been to Costa Rica. When I got here I was a little nervous when finding the group but Colin made it easy. I feel as if the way the program was structured that it gave plentiful down time to allow bonding with the participants while also enjoying the activities. The only things I would change is how long the trip is, I would make it longer, the pre-trip PowerPoint could use some more details, and finally the pre-trip call was a little awkward.

  • Macaw sanctuary
  • Organization
  • Safety
  • Rain
  • Food- rice and beans 24/7
97 people found this review helpful.
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Sustainable Action Costa Rica

I really enjoyed the experience in Costa Rica and I am very grateful to all of the programs and communities that supported us and showed us what pura vida is all about. It was really interesting to contrast the animal sanctuaries in Costa Rica with the ones I have seen in the United States to better understand the conservation practices that are best for the animals. It was also really empowering to see how passionate and willing to talk about sustainability everyone was when we visited all of the programs. I hope to visit again soon and feel like I have made many life long friends.

  • New super fresh foods
  • Amazing communities
  • Different perspective
  • Limited housing arrangements
  • Lots of hilly walking
92 people found this review helpful.
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InterExchange Costa Rica

It was a great opportunity to travel in a way that fully explored the area and culture of Costa Rica. Our trip leader Colin was so knowledgeable and gave us such a full experience in a short amount of time. The housing was comfortable, safe and cute. The food was great! I got to go to multiple animal conservation sites and explore. The most unique part of the experience, however, was going to Bri Bri. Staying with the tribe was so wonderful and something I could not have done without the guidance of this organization. So grateful for this experience!

90 people found this review helpful.
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A leap I am glad I took!

Whether you are a first-time, intermediate, or seasoned traveller looking for a chance to be exposed to surreal and lifechanging experiences, I encourage you to consider Interexchange's SACR program. After a month, I am still seeing new ways in which I have grown as a student, friend, and leader after the program. The biggest component to my endless bliss during the 8 day program was my endless curiosity which has stayed with me to this day. It is a true expedition for both the adventurous as well as those wanting to try that side of themselves out!

114 people found this review helpful.
Response from InterExchange

Thanks so much for the review, and for joining us on the program this January Wulf. Wouldn't have been the same without ya! Hope we have the chance to support you on another program in the future.

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Excellent Experience!

I had an amazing time during this program and learned so much from the guides, James and Pedro, and our driver, Edgar! Every day, we visited new local businesses and met new people which made this a truly life-changing cultural immersion, even if it was only for 8 days. I wasn't able to fit a study-abroad program into my time at university and this proved to be the perfect compromise. The group I went with was absolutely lovely and made the whole week that much better. Everyone was friendly and willing to try new things which allowed us all to get that much more out of the program. Overall, this was an excellent experience that I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about conservation and sustainability while experiencing a different culture!

113 people found this review helpful.
Response from InterExchange

Thank you so much Laura! It's important to us that the program was enriching despite its short duration and we appreciate your comments. Was a pleasure to have you on the program and wish you all the best!

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So much fun!

This program was amazing! I learned so much about local communities and the initiatives they are taking to help the environment. It was truly inspiring. The landscape is so beautiful and the people even more so! The food was delicious as well and accommodating for any allergies or preferences (my group had someone that was gluten free, someone vegan, and two vegetarians and we all ate really good)! James and Pedro were also so supportive and led us fearlessly! You are able to meet amazing people from around the United States that have the same interests as you and that was one of the best parts, (it was hard saying goodbye). I recommend this program 100%!!

111 people found this review helpful.
Response from InterExchange

Thanks Savannah! Glad it was fun and you learned a lot. That's what we were hoping for! Appreciate your review.

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