Field Studies Costa Rica

Immerse yourself in the culture and landscape of Costa Rica with like-minded peers.

Service, hiking, and adventure in welcoming, wonderful Costa Rica.

We have always found a warm welcome in Costa Rica. Our Costa Rican partners have appreciated our energy and enthusiasm, our friendliness and wholesomeness.

Our service work starts in the cloud forests of Monteverde. We’ll head to the cloud forests where we’ll take two half days of Spanish language classes paired with service work at a sustainable coffee farm and day hikes. We’ll be in a beautiful environment, focusing on sustainable farming that supports the local community.

We’ll then travel east to the district of La Fortuna to visit a national park and work at a wildlife refuge. We’ll visit Cerro Chato National Park and go for a full day hike at the base of the inactive volcano, Cerro Chato. The next day, we’ll volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation center where we’ll take a tour of the refuge, make toys, and build play structures for the animals.

We’ll continue our environmental stewardship and community engagement while we volunteer and hike in the Limón Province. We’ll hike to a local Indigenous Reserve and gain an understanding of the daily life of community members. We’ll also work at a local school and hike to our accommodations at a beautiful fully-equipped campsite at the edge of the Pacuare River.

Our time in Costa Rica will wrap up with a community outreach project in San José. We will make our way back to the city, where we’ll spend our last couple of days doing light construction and working with kids in the neighborhood of La Carpio, an immigrant community.

Your service, hiking, and exploration will show you a country and its people in important ways. By exploring off the beaten path, by volunteering, and by bonding with your group, you’ll give to Costa Rica, but you’ll take something important away, too. And that is something that will stay with you: a deeper understanding not only of Costa Rica, but of the world, too, of its needs, its beauty, its promise.

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Overland offers introductory, hiking, biking, language, writing, service and field studies programs domestically and abroad for students in 4th through 12th grade.