• Costa Rica
    • Atenas
    • Heredia
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 Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Oct 04, 2021
Nov 16, 2021
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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 Take Spanish classes in a tropical setting and live with a homestay. Learn about 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. 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 at Manuel Antonio National Park
  • 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 build an organic garden at a school or paint a classroom. Work with children on homework and sports 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 wildlife such as sloths, toucans, and poison dart frogs. Focus on wellness through cooking workshops, market visits, yoga classes, and meditative hikes. Outdoor activities for wellness abound such as horseback riding and whitewater rafting. Travel to the Guanacaste beaches and spend time at a local farm.

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 and wind down to the Pacific coast and the 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 wildlife such as sloths, monkeys, and macaws. Travel to the rainforest for ziplining and to Manuel Antonio beach for swimming, hiking, and whitewater rafting.

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

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.
15 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.

18 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!

15 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Arcos Journeys Abroad

16 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.

17 people found this review helpful.

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