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.
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.
Make Costa Rican Chocolate
What's better than chocolate? How about creating your own Costa Rican blend of chocolates? As you explore the delicious origins of this world-famous bean, you'll enjoy a backdrop of lush landscapes dotted with mango and cashew trees.
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.
Experience a Breathtaking Sunset
Part of the magic of living on the shores of the Pacific coast is experiencing the breathtaking sunsets that take place as the markets begin to close and evening begins in this Costa Rican community. Join with your fellow volunteers to experience the natural beauty of a Costa Rican sunset. And don't forget that camera - you'll be sure to capture some spectacular moments!
Howl with the Monkeys
You'll probably hear the Costa Rican howler monkey before you spot it's long tail wrapped around a rain forest branch. Learn about the efforts to protect this species against threats of deforestation as you learn about what the forests of Costa Rica offer to a variety of species.
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.
Milk a Costa Rican Cow
Cattle ranching is the lifeblood of the Guanacaste province, and you're likely to be stopped several times during your stay to allow ranchers to pass with their stock. Get hands on with "sabanero" culture when you visit a traditional ranch and milk your own cow. Creating yogurts, cheeses, and other milk products, these ranches offer so much more than scenes of grazing animals.
Hang Ten in the Pacific
If you've always wanted to try your hand at surfing, the warm waters of northern Costa Rica are a great place to start. Whether you're looking to practice your skills in the Pacific waves, or have a goal of standing up on a beach break, the many beaches of the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica will be sure to inspire and amaze the your inner surf enthusiast.
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.
Take a cultural dance lesson from a local Costa Rican dance choreographer renown for her lifelong dedication to the preservation of Guanacasteca culture! Don the traditional skirts, flower pins, handkerchiefs and cowboy hats as you swish and swirl on stage at the town center's culture stage.
Learn from the experts, as a reknown local teacher and his prized pupil teach you the history and evolution of marimba music in Costa Rica, as well as the structure of the instrument and demonstrate some songs. You'll also get to play it yourself, and participate in a duet or two!
Play with a local team at a nearby field, taking in the most popular sport of Latin America and getting to spend time with the youth of the Santa Cruz community at the same time!