• Costa Rica
    • San José
1 - 4 weeks
General grants/scholarships
Health & Safety

Program Details

Host Family
Age Min.
Age Max


Price Details
15 hours of language classes per week
Airport pickup and drop-off upon arrival and departure
Host family accommodation
3 meals per day
Comprehensive medical/accident insurance
Fully chaperoned daily cultural activities & excursions
Language level placement test
Daily transportation to/from the host family
Entrance fees to select excursions
Chaperones 24/7; 8:1 student to chaperone ratio
Arrival orientation and walking tour
Certificate of completion
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Meals
What's Not Included
What's Not Included (Extra)

Flights to/from Costa Rica
Spending money for souvenirs or snacks while in Costa Rica

Jul 09, 2024
Aug 08, 2016
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About Program

Learn and improve your Spanish skills through full language and cultural immersion on Greenheart Travel’s summer language camp program, in San Jose or Manuel Antonio!

We welcome teen students of all skills, including beginners! Live with a Costa Rican host family and make international friends from around the world, all while learning about the country and culture of Costa Rica. Sign up for a summer you'll never forget!

-Choose between 1-3 week classes
-3 morning classes for 50 minutes Monday through Friday in air-conditioned classrooms
-Schools in 2 locations — San Jose & Manuel Antonio.
-Dynamic and interactive educational methods integrate the use of magazines, cds, discussions on current affairs, surveys, and presentations into the lesson plans
-Students receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

We appreciate that everyone has a unique worldview and value everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, ability, military status, religion, sexual orientation or political view. We are committed to building relationships and ensuring everyone we encounter feels welcomed, respected, and accepted. Greenheart is committed to helping anyone find the best program fit and will go the extra mile to make sure our participants feel safe and supported wherever they end up.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Greenheart Travel welcomes travelers identifying as LGTBQ+, and is committed to helping you find the best program for you. We can provide information on the cultural norms of our destination countries and are prepared to advise you on the best programs based on your needs and interests.
While most of our programs could be a good fit, we also know that certain cultures and countries are more accepting of and prepared to host LGBTQ+ people than others. We are committed to working with LGBTQ+ people to determine which experiences may be the right fit for them. Please reach out if you want to discuss which of our programs might fit you best ahead of applying at travelabroad@greenheart.org or set up a phone call with us here.

Neurodivergent Support

Greenheart works with partners who have varying levels of what is considered "good mental health". While we cannot change their eligibility conditions, we will work with participants to the best of our abilities in order to get them the program placement they want. We encourage you to discuss your specific situation with us directly, before securing these documents.

Accessibility Support

Greenheart Travel welcomes students of varying ability to explore their study abroad options! While resources and support differ from country to country, Greenheart Travel staff work with individual students as needed to find program options that will set students up for success.



We believe in supporting our travelers to make a positive impact in their communities. The Greenheart Club provides Greenheart Grant funding to alumni projects all over the world.
As the leading eco-friendly exchange organization, we are passionate about helping travelers explore the globe while respecting the environment and cultural heritage of the destinations they explore.

Ethical Impact

Greenheart Travel is a branch of Greenheart International, a Chicago-based organization that connects people and planet to create global leaders through personal development, volunteer service, environmentalism, fair trade, and cultural exchange. We provide resources, grants, and experiences to those who want to immerse themselves in another culture and leave it better than when they arrived. Through volunteering, creating relationships and more.

Program Highlights

  • Medical Insurance and 24/7 Emergency Contact Support
  • Assistance from a personal program manager before, during and after your program
  • Daily cultural activities included
  • Arrival orientation and walking tour included

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2016 Costa Rica Teen Summer Camp

My time in Costa Rica was extremely beneficial in regards to gaining a broader global perspective, gaining valuable language skills, and for experiencing things I had never done before. The Greenheart and Maximo Nivel staff were all super helpful and a joy to work with. The language camp had the perfect balance between classes and fun activities, and it was all done in an atmosphere that promoted the development and enhancement of my language skills. I would recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in developing their Spanish language skills, gaining a deeper understanding of Costa Rican culture, and acting on their sense of adventure by participating in activities such as surfing and zip lining! Overall, this trip was very beneficial and really fun!

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