• Costa Rica
1 - 4 weeks

Program Details

Hotel Lodge


Price Details
Every student who attends a Global Glimpse partner school is eligible for a need-based scholarship. Since 2007, Global Glimpse has provided over $13 million dollars in scholarships to make our program accessible to students from all backgrounds.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airfare Meals Transportation
What's Included (Extra)

Global Glimpse partners with Away Travel to provide a scholarship to cover the cost of passports for accepted students who will be getting their first passport in order to participate in the Global Glimpse program.

What's Not Included
Jul 13, 2023
Jul 12, 2024
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About Program

Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested, peaceful Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. With roughly a quarter of its area made up of protected jungle, Costa Rica has some of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on earth. During this program, Global Glimpse goes beyond Costa Rica’s natural beauty to focus on conservation and environmental justice; critical issues for the health and sustainability of our planet, and Costa Ricans living in one of the most biodiverse countries on earth.

As students engage in meaningful service and immersion, we’ll ask them to explore the intersections of culture, history, environmental sustainability, and economic growth and support them to define their own purpose and vision for a better world. From the mangroves of the Caribbean coast to the cloud forests, we will examine local conservation initiatives that have persisted despite challenges due to a changing climate.

Program Reviews

4.95 Rating
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  • Growth 4.85
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.85
  • Housing 4.8
  • Safety 4.9
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An Unforgettable Experience!

Global Glimpse is an outstanding program that has given me the privilege to get to know another country that has been on my bucket list for a while now. The friends that you get to make, the sights you get to see is a core memory that Global Glimpse makes you have. The opportunity to hear perspectives of locals working or living in Costa Rica has changed my perspective of life. Working on a project with a purpose of creating a better community helped me want to create a better community here at home.

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment had to be when there was some bugs and geckos in our room and me and my dorm mates got really scared and would scream and then laugh about it all the time.
  • So Fun and interactive
  • New Friends and Experiences
  • Long lasting memories and new information
  • Very tiring airplane trips
  • At the end of the day one is very tired
  • Weather is sometimes not the most comfortable
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Life changing experience!

This summer I got the chance to travel to Turrialba, Costa Rica with 21 other Bay Area students through the Global Glimpse program. As someone who is not super outspoken and shy and had never been out of the country before, this trip changed my life. Not only was it my first time out of the country it also allowed me to make long lasting connections with 21 other incredible students. During my trip I got to involve myself in new things and learn about the country I was staying in. I got to go out of my comfort zone when we worked on our CAP (Community Action Project). I have never had to mix cement before or do work like that in any capacity. And being able to do it there in Costa Rica where it would benefit a school was completely worth it. I would step out of my comfort zone 100 times over again if it meant I got to do work that would benefit the people of the community I was able to stay in.

Some might be skeptical of how once you arrive within the country you are traveling to, your phone gets taken away. Having my phone get taken away was personally a good thing for me. It allowed me to live in the moment with all my peers and really take in all that was around me. Costa Rica is such a biodiverse country so I'm glad that I didn't have my phone or else I feel like I would've been buried in it. Also because my phone got taken away, I was able to connect with the people on my trip more. If we all had our phones I feel like none of us would have been as close to each other as we are. So I am grateful that on this trip it was a no phones environment so I was able to take in my surroundings and genuinely bond with all the people I was there with.

Some of my favorite moments while in Costa Rica was during the free time we had while at the house. It was so nice to be able to bond with everyone when we had free time. We would play games, do a little bit of drawing, or just talk. Being able to be so close with all the people on my trip and getting to call them all my friends was incredible. Towards the end of the trip, a couple days before we had to leave, some of us sat down and drew pictures of each other. This is something I will always remember because it was just so much fun to draw with everyone and goof around. After we did our drawings, we hung them up all around the kitchen and up on the fridge. This was one of my favorite bonding moments. Another one of my favorite moments was during Community Day, where we got to spend a day with a local family in the community. I was so grateful to be able to spend a day with a local family since I got to see how another family lived. They allowed us into their home for the day and treated us just like we were apart of their family. They took us on a hike and we got to see the nature that they live around everyday. After the hike we got to eat a meal that they made and then made tortillas with them.

Being able to travel through Global Glimpse to another country and then assist the local community was a life changing experience. I made lifelong friends and I gained experience that will stick with me forever. I was able to have a successful trip where I learned about Costa Rica, leadership, and myself because of the four Global Glimpse Leaders that accompanied us and made sure we were all safe, learning, and having fun.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I had the chance to do this all over again the one thing I would change is staying quiet at the airport. At the airport I did not talk to a lot of people, and even though I was about to spend the next two weeks with these people I was still so shy and nervous to talk to all of them. If I could go back I would try to talk to everyone as soon as we got to the airport because I feel like I didn't start talking to everyone until a few days into the trip. But by the end I spoke to everyone and I was friends with all of them. But I feel like I could have had a stronger connection with everyone if I started speaking to them on day one, as soon as we arrived at the airport.
  • Got to help the local community during our Community Action Project.
  • Got to learn about Costa Rica through local guest speakers.
  • Got to go out and see the biodiversity of Costa Rica.
  • House accommodations had a lack of toilet paper at times.
  • Weather would disrupt activities at times.
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Memories for a Lifetime

These 2 weeks in Costa Rica is something I would never trade anything for and an experience I will never forget. I am so grateful that Global Glimpse offers this opportunity to so many students and I was able to apply. Before the trip, I was thinking that 2 weeks is a long time and I'm going to miss being home. However, now that the trip has ended, I wish to relive those 2 weeks again.
I was in a room with 5 other girls and it was truly amazing. Every night, we would chat a little in bed before going to sleep. Every morning, we would all squish together in the bathroom and try to get ready at the same time. My bunkmate would braid my hair every morning and we matched hairstyles for most days. It was so nice to live together with other girls for 2 weeks and I felt like I had a constant support system. For every meal, all 22 students and the 4 adults would eat together. I loved eating at a large dining table and enjoying every meal with the people I love. Not to mention, there were fresh fruit juices accompanied by every meal. I would wake up every morning to the sound of birds and sometimes even to the chattering and laughter of our friends. We were surrounded by trees and the beauty of nature. Sometimes I would sit at the swinging bench at our accommodation and just look out into the view. Costa Rica is so beautiful and I loved where we stayed.
There were numerous moments throughout this trip that I could talk on and on about. However, one of my favorite days would be Community Day. We went to a local family's house and spent the day there. We got to cook together with the family and learn a couple of games. I am extremely glad that I got to learn how to play the game Rummy. Because of this game, I was able to form close relationships with some people. After this day, I continued to play Rummy with two of my friends and our Program Coordinator, Memo, every day. This simple game brought me many memories. Another memory that I will never forget would be jumping into the pool with everyone else while all of us were still fully dressed. It was sprinkling at that time but everyone still jumped in anyway. All of us were just laughing and splashing water at each other in the pool and it was truly one of the moments where my heart felt so full.
On this trip, we were also able to learn about the culture and history of Costa Rica. We had three seminars throughout this trip and even learned about local businesses. The Community Action Project was certainly another significant part of this trip. We had to make cement and build a path for the kids at Aquiares School. All of us had to work together and teamwork was an important aspect of this project.
Thank you Global Glimpse for offering this amazing opportunity to me. Thank you to our PCs for giving guidance to us and being such great leaders. A special thank you to Memo for making us laugh and playing games with us, adding so much joy to the trip. I was able to not only form long-lasting memories but also build my leadership skills and learn the importance of community. I felt so seen, acknowledged, loved, and appreciated on this trip. This trip taught me that people love and appreciate you for who you are. Costa Rica and the people from this trip will forever hold a place in my heart and soul. Trust me, you will not regret going on this trip.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
One thing I would change is my worry about the trip ending. I remember feeling sad halfway through the trip because I knew it would soon be over, which made me feel down that day. I wish I had smiled more and focused on enjoying the moment instead of thinking about the trip coming to an end.
  • Forming strong and genuine relationships
  • Not having access to electronic devices
  • Being in nature and away from the cities
  • I wish it was longer
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My most impactful experience during the GG trip

I was Leader of the Day on our first Cap Day 1 project. I had an idea to decorate the walls with a design instead of leaving them blank, and so I worked with the students in "design meetings" before Cap Day, talked with the GG leaders if it was possible, presented my ideas to the school board of Eslabon, and ultimately worked as a team with my student group to draw out the designs, outline them, and color them in. I felt that I grew as a leader and as someone who take initiative through this exp.

What was your funniest moment?
It was when I was playing Mafia with my group of friends, and was appointed the murderer. I couldn't hold my laughter the entire time as I continued to kill the same person over and over, with the medic catching on and saving them each round. I was voted off eventually, but those experiences at the dining table in Sloe Lodge I wont forget. There was also the last bus ride, which is significant for every GG student I've talked to, but for my group we were laughing and singing the entire time. Not that we were sad to leave, but maybe just happy to be together for that last car ride.
  • Flexable Leadership Experience, allowed for "unscripted" ideas
  • Friendly and kind staff members, inclusive student group
  • Amazing family/caretakers at Siloe Lodge!
  • More "tourist-like" activities than community projects
  • Getting sick on the third day (stomach ache, not the GG leader's fault, they were actually super helpful to everyone during our sickness)
  • A bit too much free time/free periods. Seemed as though every day there was 1-2 hours of playing cards with friends (although that was fun :)
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Adventure of a Lifetime!

My two weeks in Costa Rica have impacted me more than any school experience I’ve ever had, and that is not an exaggeration. From the moment I arrived at the airport, I felt a whirl of emotions. All the anticipation and excitement had led to this moment, but what truly awaited me in this new destination of mine? Never would I have imagined I would have seen, felt, and experienced so much beauty through the nature which could only be appreciated without technology. When we arrived at the San Jose airport in Costa Rica, my trip mates began buzzing with conversation, sharing their thoughts and hopes for the trip. The bus ride to the hotel only made our excitement grow as our PCs warmed up to us and talked about how the trip would go. A sense of community was established from that moment, as we all shared the same drive for a new experience. We all shared snacks and stories about our lives back home, not realizing we were making new memories which we would tell once we got back to our usual lives. The simple act of sharing was enough to bring us closer than most people for only two weeks. We shared encouraging words, and showed lots of care through every activity. Learning about the history of a place and its people has a profound impact, much more than simply learning it from your desk in a dimly lit classroom, where most of your peers have their heads down. The CAP project squeezed the energy out of us, but with it came the opportunity to create change, and this change did not only blossom through our work; it reflected itself back to us, with a sensation if accomplishment and a newfound purpose growing in our chests. A fond memory of mine is of when we finished our last CAP day. After walking back home, feeling exhausted and hungry, the PCs and GGLs had no clue that we still had something in us… we all jumped into the pool from our accommodation with our clothes still on! The laughter could be heard from afar, and although the water turned grey from the dust and cement, our experience became golden. By the end of the trip around the last few days, we spent as much time together as possible, bonding over silly little drawings and tubs of ice cream. We shared things that meant a lot to us, and then it was time to say goodbye. We ate our final lunch at the base house, and thanked our chefs for their outstanding meals and love which was present in every bite. We had our final nightly meeting at the hotel and the next day, it was time to say goodbye. We were unfortunately split into two groups for our final flight, and this was the hardest part. Hugs, goodbyes, and thank you’s were exchanged. We couldn’t stop the tears from flowing, but we promised we would see each other again, and we most certainly have. This trip truly has been an adventure of a lifetime, with experiences, memories, and friends that we’ll cherish for as long as we live. Thank you to all the supporters who made this possible, and never miss out on opportunities such as this one, for you too can experience something as great as this.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
The one thing I would change about this trip is how much I talked to everyone in my group. Initially, I felt a little anxious about meeting new people, but by the end of the trip I grew to appreciate how amazing everyone was, and I wished I would’ve gotten to know them sooner into the trip.
  • New friends
  • So much nature and beauty
  • Delicious food, amazing community
  • Huge spiders
  • Heat
  • I wish it lasted longer
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Experience of a Lifetime

While I was very nervous about how this experience would go, the trip exceeded my expectations and gave me memories to cherish forever. I was scared to be meeting so many new people at once, but the atmosphere quickly softened as we played card games and were introduced to each other. Spending time with the other students broadened my horizons and introduced new perspectives into my life. I loved listening to them sharing their stories, as it made me feel closer to these people I just met.
During this trip, I was able to learn more about others, as well as myself. Being immersed in a new culture and its history allowed me to reflect on my goals for the future. We visited La Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles Church in Cartago, where I got to see the beautiful architecture of this country. Walking around the city took my breath away and reminded me why I want to major in architecture- to create works of art for people. We also had presentations given to us by locals about the impacts of tourism, making me think about how my work can affect others.
The GGLs and the PCs were very caring and took care of us physically and mentally. Our guide, Memo, is a local from Aquiares and knows everything about his hometown- giving us amazing tours around the coffee plantation and waterfalls. I know everyone on our trip misses his silly jokes and bits of knowledge.
I consider this trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience that all should take advantage of. We learned how to become more thoughtful in our actions and how we can positively impact others. Friendships were quickly formed and we created bonds that will last. I hope that others who take this journey feel the positive impact as much as we did.

  • Learned much about the history of Costa Rica as well as the issues affecting it today (tourism).
  • Made many friends with people I didn't know beforehand.
  • Many bugs or unwanted guests (toads) came into the accommodation.
  • The heat was pretty bad for some of us.
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Once in A Lifetime Experience

Global Glimpse was truly a unique and enlightening experience. You really were able to learn more about the culture of a different country without being a tourist. The Costa Rica trip also included a focus on the environment and from this experience, I've learned way more about environmental conservation, the threats to global wildlife and ecosystems, and how to help the environment. This experience has also helped me make a bunch of new friends. Everyone in my group bonded easily and we're still constantly talking and enjoying each other's presence and impact in our lives. Everyone came with their own background that helped contribute and reinforce the eye-opening experience Global Glimpse already is. All of the staff, from the catering to the Program Coordinators to the Global Glimpse Leaders were all so welcoming and supportive. They were all willing to help you with any of your needs and also brought their global experiences which were so insightful and inspiring. One of my favorite moments on the trip was Community Day, a day where you live with a local family and experience what their day-to-day life was like. It was an amazing experience. We got to make empanadas and it was the first time I had tried them or made them and it reminded me of making pizza with my family and the familiarity was really comforting. Even though I was in an entirely different country, I could still feel at home and that's really what makes Global Glimpse so special. They make a different country not feel so foreign, but enable you to really experience the community and culture in a way that makes you feel so comfortable being in a different place. I definitely do not regret going on this trip and I hope it continues to be an amazing experience for everyone else who goes.

  • Super educational
  • Leaders and Program Coordinators were supportive and willing to help you with anything
  • Lots of leadership opportunities
  • Only three phone calls home for two weeks
  • Lots of bugs
  • Early wake up
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Memorable Experience

The warmth and kindness of the Costa Rican people redefined my understanding of community, fostering a sense of togetherness that I now carry with me in all aspects of my life. Truly a trip I will remember forever.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Bring better rain clothes, it will rain here, A TON. Come prepared with an umbrella and nice steady shoes.
  • Nice Views
  • Great Food
  • Friendly People
  • Hot Weather
  • Hills
  • Traffic
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