Service Learning in Costa Rica

Costa RicaSummer 2017 Pre-session (May 15-24)

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
          - Mahatma Gandhi

Information Session

  • Thursday, April 13th at 5:00pm in McClelland Hall 204C Seminar

 Costa Rica Overview

Named “the rich coast” by Spanish conquistadors who first arrived in 1502, Costa Rica is one of the planet’s most naturally splendid and biologically diverse regions.  Though largely undeveloped until the mid-20th century (due to its lack of traditional “riches”—gold, silver, spices), the country is today drawing new generations of explorers with more lasting treasures: smoldering volcanoes, misty cloud forests, rare wildlife and bird species, and a surfeit of beaches that are the gateway to world-class surfing, diving, and sportfishing.

Costa Rica's family-friendly culture is coupled with great year-round weather.

Program Price

  • $1,450 (includes housing, meals, and local transportation)


Program Details

Summer 2017 Pre-session (May 15-24)

The Eller College is partnering with Dream Volunteers for this service learning opportunity. The volunteer projects will focus on helping the local community to convert to a more sustainable way of life.  Sample projects include but not limited to working on organic coffee plantations, road improvement, recycling centers & various environmental awareness projects.

Cultural activities range from dancing and cooking lessons, soccer matches and other activities might include whitewater rafting and river repelling in Turrialba and beach and surf lessons in Manuel Antonio & Dominical.



The group will be staying with host families. Meals are included in the price of the trip. The meals will range from typical Costa Rican dishes with meat, veggies, rice, black beans and tortillas to American-style food like pasta.


Sample Day

  • 8:00 Breakfast and morning meeting
  • 8:30 Volunteer work
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 Volunteer work
  • 2:00 Cultural experience
  • 5:00 Reflection/Free time
  • 7:00 Dinner


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To speak with someone about this program, please contact Vannessa Kramer.

Photo of Costa Rica courtesy Pixabay.