Visit a Turtle Sanctuary
Learn about the conservation of sea turtles and nesting in Costa Rica throughout the year, and in the months of June through August, you might get a chance to see the arribada, the migration of the olive ridley sea turtles, which takes place in only 9 locations throughout the world! Watch as new baby sea turtles hatch and make their journey to the sea, escaping predators, and see the efforts of conservation specialists in preserving this species.
Practice Your Spanish
Whether your knowledge of the Spanish language starts and ends with "hola" or you're a fluent speaker, there’s a twice-weekly Spanish lesson that's right for you! Taught by our CCS staff at the Home-Base, each level targets specific language goals based on your abilities. From the basics - donde está el baño? - to local Costa Rican slang to help you connect with the neighborhood kids, we've got you covered.
Costa Rican History
Learn all about Costa Rica's past and present with CCS Costa Rica Country Director, Jose. He'll lead you and your fellow volunteers through conversations on history as well as some hot-button topics like immigration, politics, and the tourist industry. These talks provide an open and comfortable forum for all of your questions, and will set the stage for frank discussions about current issues like religion and LGBTQ rights in Costa Rica.
Take a Spin at a Potter's Wheel
As you wander the markets of Costa Rica, you'll be sure to see the unique Chorotega pottery of the Guanacaste province, passed down for centuries using ancient traditions and made by hand using clay pounded down by mortar and pestle. Meet with a local artisan and learn their secrets of this craft, and try your hand at your own masterpiece.
Cook Costa Rican Cuisine
At weekly cooking classes, prepare mouth-watering Costa Rican recipes alongside our amazing CCS cooks. With your new Spanish vocab and a tasty plate of homemade gallo pinto -- traditional Costa Rican rice and black beans -- you'll have plenty to bond over.