Costa Rica San Jose Theatre

Students seeking adventure and fun, as well as, having a desire to share their time and talents with their host community, are ideally suited for the Costa Rica community service trip. In just a short two-week stay, the program will expose participants to the multifaceted beauty of Costa Rica: its hospitable and warm culture, its "pura vida" (pure life) mantra, and its commitment to protecting and exploring biodiversity.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Orientation Materials and Resources

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Advising and Support

Scholarship Opportunities

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Tutoring

Quality Housing (including meals and laundry)

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Full-Time, On-site Resident Directors/Coordinators

Community Service Placements

Welcome and Farewell Group Events

Certificate Documenting Community Service Hours

24-Hour On-Site Emergency Assistance

Overnight Excursions and Day Trips

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Must be ages 15-18 (completing grades 9-11)
  • Must have completed one year of high school Spanish with a grade of B- or higher
  • Completed online application
  • One letter of recommendation (must be from a high school teacher or guidance counselor; can be submitted separately)
  • Most recent grade report
  • Valid passport

What You’ll Study

Students seeking adventure and fun, as well as, having a desire to share their time and talents with their host community, are ideally suited for the Costa Rica community service trip. In just a short two-week stay, the program will expose participants to the multifaceted beauty of Costa Rica: its hospitable and warm culture, its "pura vida" (pure life) mantra, and its commitment to protecting and exploring biodiversity.

Students will learn how Costa Ricans live and think, as well as, some of the country's development challenges. Students will acquire or strengthen Spanish language skills and participate in fun daily cultural, social, and recreational activities. Excursions, including visits to a coffee plantation and a weekend trip to Arenal Volcano, serve as opportunities to experience firsthand the nature the country is known for!

ENVIRONMENTAL/SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Students may work with a network of urban gardens or ecological farms. Student volunteers generally assist with the garden or farm's daily tasks, learning about permaculture, organic farming and composting in the process. Students may also learn methods to teach children about environmental issues.

SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES

Students may volunteer in organizations that support vulnerable populations, such as children or senior citizens. Organizations include subsidized daycare centers or senior centers. Students may participate in storytelling sessions, English language classes, or other fun activities.

Spanish language classes and community service are arranged through the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) and their affiliate organizations. While in San José, students will stay with carefully selected host families, in walking distance of their classes. Students will volunteer with local community organizations in San José and engage with Costa Rican people through activities such as soccer games, dance lessons, and cooking with their families.

SERVICE CERTIFICATE

No academic credit is offered for this program. Upon completion of this program, students will receive a certificate documenting 30 hours of community service.

Courses

PROGRAM ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Arrive in San José.
  • Meet API at the airport and travel together to orientation hotel to begin safety, transportation, and housing orientation sessions.

Day 2

  • Continue safety and community service orientation.
  • Group lunch and city tour.
  • Meet host families.

Day 3-5

  • MORNING: Community service work.
  • AFTERNOON: Spanish language classes.
  • EVENINGS: Cultural activity.

Day 6

  • MORNING: Community service work.
  • AFTERNOON: Depart for an overnight excursion to Arenal.

Day 7

  • Hike Arenal Volcano.
  • Visit a local waterfall and/or hot springs.
  • Overnight in hotel.

Day 8

  • MORNING: Zipline canopy tour.
  • AFTERNOON: Return to San José.

Day 9-12

  • MORNING: Community service work.
  • AFTERNOON: Spanish language classes.
  • EVENINGS: Cultural activity.

Day 13

  • Visit a local organic farm.

Day 14

  • Return to airport to depart Costa Rica for the U.S.

This itinerary is subject to change.

Highlights
  • Great opportunity to earn service hours over summer break
  • Receive a certificate for hours served
  • Learn Spanish and teach English
  • Get a taste of international life

Faculty

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    Francy Orozco

    Francy Orozco will be your Resident Director in San Jose and a resource for you on-site.

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    Claire Hero

    Claire will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - claire.hero@apiabroad.com

This program includes a series of day trips and cultural activities.

Students in San José live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Costa Rican culture and may be a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with or without children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside of the city during the work week. Students may be housed with other API or international students, and in all cases will have an individual room. Students are provided with two meals per day, as well as laundry service once per week.

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Note: Students can receive $100 for each applicant they refer to an API high school summer program (excluding the Parsons Paris Pre-College program). The applicant must include the student's name as the referral source on the online application.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer Jul 14, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019 $3,280 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019