• Costa Rica
    • Atenas
    • Heredia
    • La Fortuna
1 - 12 weeks

Program Details

Program Type
Host Family Hotel Lodge
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
Price varies per program and is all-inclusive. Combine any two programs for a 5% discount.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance
Nov 03, 2022
Aug 23, 2022
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About Program

Costa Rica is a paradise for Spanish immersion, cultural exploration, and outdoor adventure! Home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity you will find an amazing array of flora and fauna. The landscapes are breathtaking with verdant volcanos, lush rainforests and pristine beaches. Choose from a variety of journeys in this Central American country with Arcos Journeys Abroad. Take Spanish classes in a tropical setting and live with a homestay. Experience the health benefits of nature on the mind, body, and spirit. Explore the unique cultures of Costa Rica and the lifestyle that makes this the happiest country on the planet. Participate in eco adventures such as ziplining, whitewater rafting, hiking, horseback riding, and surfing. Perform community service and volunteer work for the local community. Costa Rica is the “pura vida” experience you have been waiting for!

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Program Highlights

  • Experience the thrill of a zipline through the rainforest
  • Try your hand at surfing on the Pacific Coast
  • Observe native wildlife such as sloths, spider monkeys, toucans, and poison dart frogs
  • Participate in community service and learn about the power of helping others
  • Hike to magnificent waterfalls and soak in hot springs heated by Arenal Volcano

Popular Programs

Volunteer planting a garden in Costa Rica

Perform community service in the rural community of Atenas. Help plant an organic garden at a school or paint a classroom. Work with children on homework and arts activities. Participate in cultural workshops to complement your experience such as cooking classes and art workshops. For eco adventure, zipline through the rainforest and soak in hot springs. Horseback ride through verdant grasslands at the base of Arenal Volcano. Travel to the Pacific coast for surfing and whitewater rafting!

Study abroad student zipling in the Costa Rican rainforest

Let nature be your guide on this healing journey. This program places emphasis on the benefits of nature for movement and health as you travel through Costa Rica’s top natural areas and climate zones. Explore high altitude cloud forests for yoga and meditation. Hike through lush rainforests for breath and inspiration. Visit the Pacific coast to learn the secrets to a long and healthy life from the locals. Enjoy workshops that focus on healthy cooking and dietary lifestyle.

Study abroad students in the Costa Rican rainforest with a waterfall

Live like a local in La Fortuna at the base of Arenal Volcano. Discover the region's hot springs, waterfalls, and rainforests. Volunteer at a nature trail and observe endemic wildlife such as sloths, toucans, and poison dart frogs. Learn about the healthy Costa Rican lifestyle through cooking workshops, market visits, and meditative hikes. Outdoor activities abound such as horseback riding and whitewater rafting. Travel to the Blue Zone on the Pacific and spend time in a local farming community.

Colorfully painted oxcart wheel in Costa Rica

Discover the unique cultures that are found in Costa Rica. Start in San Jose, the capital, to tour the historical district and participate in an indigenous artisans workshop. Travel across the country to coffee farms, national parks, workshops, and an indigenous reserve. Explore the cool highlands and communities of the Central Valley then wind down to the Pacific coast and Nicoya peninsula for beach activities and a pottery workshop. Visit Cartago and Costa Rica’s most sacred shrine.

Group of study abroad students in front of Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

Study Spanish in a tropical paradise! Classes are taught on an orange and mango farm surrounded by nature. Live with carefully selected homestays and enjoy delicious local cuisine. In the afternoons play soccer, volunteer, or attend a cooking class. Visit an animal rescue center where you will see all types of endemic wildlife such as sloths, monkeys, and macaws. Travel to the rainforest for ziplining and to Jacó beach on the Pacific for swimming and surf lessons.

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect 1st high school travel experience!

This was the first time our 15 yr old daughter traveled anywhere by herself, much less to a foreign country with no one she knew. She was so nervous- hardly speaking the language; living with a family she didn’t know; making new friends; facing the unknown! But she took on the challenge and was SO happy she did. She had a wonderful experience and came home a very happy camper, feeling so confident and accomplished. No doubt Arcos had everything to do with it. From beginning to end Arcos was on it. Our questions & concerns were promptly addressed; the whole process was well organized and uncomplicated; information was clear & thoughtful; safety of kids always seemed to be their first priority. The program offered a perfect mix of cultural and language immersion with adventure sprinkled in. We recommend Arcos without hesitation! Our daughter has no regrets and would do it again.

  • Structured, but kids still have free time
  • Nice mix of language & culture
  • Vetted homestay families
  • My daughter was there during rainy season
  • My daughter would have liked a bit more structured activities
13 people found this review helpful.
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Arcos Journeys - Costa Rica - Fantastic Program!

My daughter, 14, went on the Arcos Journeys program to Costa Rica last summer 2022 (3 week option) and I would highly recommend it! From the beginning when she was picked up at the airport, to the end when she was assisted through the check-in process to fly home - it all went smoothly (note I would definitely recommend purchasing the unaccompanied minor fee through the airline - it was well worth it).

Everyone I dealt with during the initial paperwork process was efficient and thorough, any questions I had were immediately addressed. I had a last minute paperwork concern before she left for the airport and it was handled/resolved within 5 minutes of sending the email! I was initially hesitant about letting her go since she had never traveled alone, let alone to another country! But looking back on how smoothly it all went, this program is clearly run by a team of people who know what they're doing. And, most importantly, know how to manage a group of teens & structure a program in a foreign country so they're always safe! The program allowed her to fully immerse in another culture, have a ton of fun and improve her Spanish. She had the time of her life and already wants to go again next year!

Her homestay family was amazing - they were so kind, her accommodations were beautiful, and the food she was provided was exceptional (mangos, papaya, traditional Costa Rican cuisine, etc...). She made great friends, even the simple experience of walking into town together to have dessert at a cafe was really memorable for her! The Spanish classes were in this open air classroom that was just stunningly beautiful - her favorite part of the trip was her Spanish teacher - she learned a lot but really had a lot of fun at the same time. The excursions they planned for her group were really beyond what I expected - zip lining in the rainforest (her favorite), learning to surf, going to the beach, cooking/dancing classes, volunteering at a local school etc....All in all, everything was structured/planned really well - the director Cata was so personable and made her feel at home from day 1 - it was an experience I'm sure she'll remember her entire life!

If you're on the fence re letting your teen go through this program - go for it! It's a solid program - I 100% recommend it!

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  • Well run/managed program
  • Great for teens to improve Spanish
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14 people found this review helpful.
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Great Experience with Arcos in Atenas, Costa Rica

Great experience for young teens (HS program) hoping to learn a language and live somewhat independently yet have the support of a host family. Responsive great staff at Arcos. Highly recommend. Atenas is a great town to learn Spanish. Pretty and manageable. Not too much English spoken. Kind people willing to speak Spanish. The overall director, Brent, is great, honest and accessible. The on the ground director, Cata, is warm, friendly and caring. It's obvious how much they like doing what they do. And that shows in the attention to detail in providing a good experience for two NYC teenagers.

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15 people found this review helpful.
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Our daughter loved her Arcos Journey to Costa Rica

We found this program on the Internet without any friend's recommendations so were nervous. But the second we met with Brent and learned about all of his experience and his program team we were excited and at ease. He also connected us with other families who had sent their kids on various programs and we heard great things. He explained that once our daughter got to Costa Rica our primary contact would be Catalina which it was and she was GREAT. So we felt comfortable.
From our daughter's point of view, she loved Catalina, her family, made friends. The mother's cooking was delicious. The outings were fantastic and the opportunity to speak Spanish all the time was great. This program is exactly what they say it is. Excellent. Down to earth. Great people running it.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Our daughter loved her surf lesson, loved her outing to see the baby sloth and also just enjoyed going into town to replace her prescription glasses.
33 people found this review helpful.
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Wonderful Experience and Company

My daughter had a wonderful time and her Spanish improved significantly. The host family and the instructors were warm, welcoming and approachable. She felt safe and comfortable. The students had the independence to walk into town and explore. She enjoyed the wildlife, especially seeing baby sloths, and the weekend excursions. Due to covid and a delay in getting her passport renewed, we planned the trip last minute. Brent took the time to explain the details and choices over the phone. Arcos made everything easy. We felt comfortable as parents sending her overseas on her own for the first time. I wholeheartedly recommend Arcos and the Cost Rica Spanish immersion trip.

38 people found this review helpful.
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Arcos Journeys Abroad - Costa Rica

I spent 21 days in Atenas, Costa Rica on a Spanish immersion trip this summer. Overall it was an incredible experience from beginning to end. The owner (Brent) was terrific about providing information, addressing questions and getting to know me. Information was timely and very clear. Upon arrival, the program director (Cata) was amazing. The accommodations were safe and clean and my family was great. The agenda was a great mix of learning, fun activities and excursions and they were flexible based on the interests of the group. I would 100% book another Arcos trip!

35 people found this review helpful.
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Arcos Journeys Abroad

38 people found this review helpful.
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ARCOS- Costa Rica

My 15 year old son spent three weeks in Costa Rica through Arcos. He had the time of his life- between Spanish school, excursions and the family stay. Highly recommend- Brent and Catalina were very communicative and helpful. My son was taken to the dr for a minor issue, and I was given daily updates on his progress by the program leader in CR (Catalina). Brent was able to walk me through getting an expedited passport, and nothing about the program felt big or impersonal. It was a great experience and my son will definitely be doing another program with Arcos.

36 people found this review helpful.

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