“It's so cliche to say that this ‘changed my life’ but I feel like it enriched my life in ways I'm still discovering. The most prominent thought in my mind as I was preparing to leave [Costa Rica] and in the days after I returned home was ‘I need to do this again.”
— Anne, Volunteer
Welcome to Orosi Valley, Costa Rica
High School Volunteer Opportunities in Orosi Valley, Costa Rica
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As a High School Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica, you’ll be welcomed warmly into the rich relaxed ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle.
Whether you choose between one, two, or four-week sessions on any start date listed below, you’ll be sharing the experience with a group of your peers, all ages 14-18, and like you, they’ve decided that dedicating their summer to serving others abroad while learning more about another culture is a pretty cool challenge to take on.
We know you’re unique and that you have your own interests, which is why we offer specialized volunteer paths that you can choose from. Select a focus in Education, Technology, Health, or Sports Leadership, or embark on a 4-week Global Health Internship.
And that healthy dose of adventure you’re craving? Don’t worry, you’ll get that too! We know it’s your summer and you want to have amazing stories and photos of gorgeous landscapes, old churches, and your fellow volunteers to share with your friends and family back home.
Costa Rica Summer 2017 Start Dates: June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5
The color green is one of the first images you’ll see in Costa Rica and it’s a theme that will follow you throughout your experience. Costa Rica is a land of slow rhythms and hypnotically gorgeous vistas. Costa Rican’s, also known as Ticos, are generous and eager to please. They have been welcoming foreigners to their beaches, their volcanoes, and their eco-preserves for many years and they know that their country is a treasure to behold. As a high school volunteer in the Orosi Valley, you'll learn the slow pace of the country, where everyone has a moment to stop and chat with a neighbor, help an old friend with a task, or share a cafecito.
YOUR IMPACT: TEEN SERVICE PROJECTS
Once enrolled, you will have the chance to select the volunteer opportunity that's most interesting to you. Volunteers will always receive their first preference. The only exception to this will be when there are national or school holidays, or there are exceptional circumstances.
Education Create a positive learning environment to enable students to find their passion for language and literacy, for a classroom culture where learning is fun. CCS high school volunteers provide hands-on tutoring and instruction, while completing meaningful projects that carve out inspiring learning spaces in libraries and classrooms.
Sports Leadership Sports and recreation not only benefits health, it also provides valuable incentive and leadership skills that keep students engaged in school. Many underserved schools lack basic facilities, equipment, and staffing to make sport an integral part of the education experience. CCS high school volunteers coordinate sports activities for youth, while building and refurbishing recreational equipment and infrastructure.
Technology Access to technology and the internet is increasingly the most important aspect of progressing education. The technology skills our volunteers can share offer these students a brighter future, making them more competitive for continuing education and professional opportunities later on in life. CCS high school volunteers provide hands-on tutoring and instruction while improving the infrastructure of computer labs.
Health Students in many underserved schools lack the basic health education and services essential to their educational development. CCS high school volunteers will work on healthcare initiatives in a school related to Vision, Dental Hygiene, and Nutrition. Volunteers will conduct screenings, workshops, and support teachers, nurses, and medical professionals in efforts to address public health challenges in the school.
Global Health Internship This unique 4-week Internship program is designed for high school volunteers aspiring to be healthcare practitioners. Interns will work alongside experienced local health care professionals to mentor them in identifying public health challenges in the community and to build the systemic thinking capacity to better succeed in pre-health degrees. The Internship also features site visits to local medical facilities, professional guest speakers, and college essay guidance before, during and after the program.
Voices from the Community
"Volunteers trust our students, respect their disability, but also recognize them as people who have their own goals and desires for the future. The impact has been very positive."
"CCS volunteers have helped us complete projects that would have otherwise been abandoned."
"Our community has learned so much about other cultures, and our own culture has been enriched as a result."
CCS staff will take your group on a tour of Cartago, pointing out sites of interest from the famous, like the Basilica, to the practical, like banks, and the just plain zany, like a restaurant known for its cone-shaped pizza. You’ll also learn the path to the market and how to ride the bus; skills you’ll put to use as you begin to explore your new neighborhood on your own.
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
Hold on! Cruising over the Costa Rican rainforest is always a crowd-favorite.What’s a trip to Costa Rica without an exhilarating trip on one of the best zipline courses in Central America? Our volunteers work so hard during the week, that we know it’s nice to just “hang” on a weekend trip.
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. Whether you're looking for the basics - donde esta el baño? - or 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, choose from a list of mouth-watering Costa Rican recipes to prepare alongside our amazing CCS cooks. Lessons are held in Spanish so that you can practice your new language skills -- and your rice and beans -- while you do a bit of culinary bonding with the 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.
Your home away from home in Orosi is located on a safe and quiet residential street, complete with swinging hammocks and lush Costa Rican vegetation. Living areas are communal, and you'll find plenty of space in and around CCS Home-Base to relax and reflect on your time abroad. Whether you're kicking it in the courtyard with fellow volunteers or lounging in the common area, this former schoolhouse will provide the perfect respite at the end of the day. The hallways and bathrooms are full of colorfully painted hand prints, inspirational quotes, and good memories, all compliments of program alums.
At Home-Base, you'll enjoy healthy Costa Rican dishes with no shortage of fresh fruit juices to sip and local produce to snack on. Kicking back with some local staff and fellow volunteers over a hot cup of Costa Rican coffee - some of the best you'll ever taste - can be a perfect way to pass the evening.
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COSTS & DATES
Reserve your spot today with a deposit of $350! Fees and start dates vary by destination and duration. Make selections below to get started. Did you know your out-of-pocket trip costs might be just a fraction of the below? Click here to find out how.