Summer community service: This four-week program is an exceptional opportunity to get deep into the culture of Costa Rica while making friends from around the world and knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of others. Your luggage of choice will be a backpack – testament to the nature of the program. Take on rainforest preservation, community development and sustainable agriculture. Your first week of service will take place at an agro-ecological farm community in the province of Cartago in the mountains of central Costa Rica. The second week will be spent in the city of Palmares, Alajuela, a community with a long and proud history. Your 4th and final community service project will be the most challenging of all. This week will be spent in a national park where you will assist park rangers to improve and build rainforest trails.
Summer Language: This six-week program provides an intensive look at Spanish language through both formal study and first-hand cultural experience. By living with a host family, you will be truly immersed in the language and lifestyle of Costa Rica, getting a unique opportunity to skyrocket your learning while seeing the world. You will get a truly international experience by attending class alongside AFSers from all over the world. This program includes 60 hours of Spanish language classes (4 hours per day, 5 days per week, for 4 weeks). Classes will be offered by a professional language school in various locations across the country. Beginner Spanish speakers are welcome.
Summer homestay: This six-week program is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the lifestyle and culture of Costa Rica, becoming a true member of the community by attending a local high school and living with a host family. Learn Spanish through immersion by studying alongside friends in a Costa Rican school, and form lasting bonds with your family. Teenagers in Costa Rica generally like to hang out in groups, spending their weekends going to the movies, dancing, or going to parties at friends' houses. You will most likely be placed in a public school. As most Costa Rican students graduate from high school in 11th grade, you will probably be place in 10th grade. School generally starts around 7:00 am, with a couple of short breaks and a longer recess around noon.
AFS-USA Grants & Scholarships
The opportunity to study abroad should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial means. Annually, we award scholarships to about half of our study abroad students.