• Costa Rica
Fall, Short Term, Spring, Summer, Winter
Subject Areas
Conservation and Preservation Environmental Studies Sustainable Development
Merit-based funding, Payment plans, 529 Plan eligibility
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Apartment Dormitory


Starting Price
Price Details
Price includes all round-trip flights and local transfers to each stop in your itinerary, your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip, workshops and activities designed to help you discover your strengths and goals, guided group activities, service projects, and excursions led by local guides, and one-on-one mentorship and 24/7 travel support before and during your program.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers Classes Some Meals Transportation
What's Included (Extra)

More than half of all meals are included; additional cost for EF Language Residence and subject to to availability.

What's Not Included
Some Meals SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
Oct 23, 2023
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About Program

Though small in size and population, this Central American nation holds great significance on the global stage. About 5% of the world’s biodiversity resides in Costa Rica, making it a critical site for conservation efforts. Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture for 4 weeks and learn how to make a sustainable impact within a community. You'll collaborate with a youth education non-profit, sea turtle conservation foundation, and sustainable development organization. Visit stunning waterfalls and hot springs, and zip-line through rainforest canopies in the Arenal Region. Experience breathtaking biodiversity in Manuel Antonio National Park. Reflect on your experiences and how you can apply what you’ve learned to your future during Leadership Academy at the University for Peace in San José. You could earn three semester hours of credit through our educational partnership with Southern New Hampshire University.

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Program Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and learn about the social, economic and historical context around its structural issues.
  • Collaborate with an after school program, assist with sea turtle conservation and coastal management, and promote sustainable community development in partnership with local NGOs.
  • Learn about positive leadership, design your own life plan, and receive a certificate from the University for Peace.
  • Explore the Santa Elena Cloud Forest—a rainforest canopy teeming with rare tropical flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth.


EF Gap Year Awards

EF Gap Year has awards of up to $5,000 for students in their gap year and semester-long programs. Various scholarships are available for leadership, blogging, videography, and photography. Over $50,000 of funding is available every year.

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