Summit an active Volcano
Journey to the Irazú volcano (Irazú translates to “thundering mountain”). The volcano is broken into five craters; from the top, you’ll look down into one enormous volcanic crater, which is almost 3,500 feet wide. The last time Irazú erupted was in 1963, when JFK was visiting Costa Rica!
ZIPLINE THROUGH THE RAINFOREST
When you traverse the Costa Rican rainforest, you’ll feel as though you’ve fallen into an adventure story: imagine a lush and secluded paradise with towering trees and curling vines. You’ll hike through the forest floors--hearing strange sounds from wild animals and smelling exotic flowers. Then you’ll cross the tree canopies on suspension bridges and glide amongst the trees on a zipline, waving to a three-toed sloth or rainbow-billed toucan as you pass by.
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.
OROSI VALLEY TREK
Trek through one of the first settled places in Costa Rica. Here you’ll tour the mountain valley—relaxing and bonding with other volunteers, meeting farmers and artisans, visiting very old churches, and maybe sampling guava, a tropical fruit with a fusion of tastes like pear and strawberry.
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.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
“La Paz” translates to peace, and that is exactly what you’ll find here: awe-inspiring waterfalls and flowing white rivers, as well as the largest butterfly conservatory on the planet. This highland jungle area is a mixture of rainforest and cloud forest, a special forest with 100% humidity, surrounded by mist. You’ll truly feel the power of nature when you’re here.
CCS staff will take your group on a tour of Cartago, pointing out sites of interest from practical locations like banks and markets, to zany sights like a restaurant that serves cone-shaped pizza. Particularly of note, you’ll visit the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles (Our Lady of the Angels Basilica), Costa Rica’s most famed basilica, where people from all over Central America pilgrimage to receive miraculous healing from Costa Rica’s patron saint, La Negrita (Black Madonna).