We Welcome Your Application to Join Us!

We build each of our groups with care, keeping the groups small (no more than twelve students), and paying close attention to age, grade, gender, and the mix of hometowns and schools. Our goal is to put together great groups — groups where nice kids thrive in a supportive, wholesome, and caring environment. Please note: availability as shown is based on students traveling without a friend; if your child is interested in traveling with a friend, please call our office for availability.

Important Information about Availability


This departure of this trip has good availability. Apply as soon as possible since availability changes quickly.


This departure of this trip has limited availability. Apply as soon as possible, and on receipt of your application, if space is still available, we’ll confirm a spot for you. If all of the spots are taken, we’ll call you to discuss options.


This departure of this trip is currently full — please call us to discuss options.

How to Apply

Apply online using a credit card for the $795 deposit (your card will not be charged until we confirm a spot for you). Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received (we do not hold spots over the phone).

When to Apply

The flow of applications starts in July and peaks in January/February. Some groups fill by the December holidays, and others will have space into the late spring. Our advice? Apply as soon as possible — it only takes a few minutes — and we’ll get to work right away to find a great spot for you.


Call (413.458.9672) or email (info@overlandsummers.com). We look forward to hearing from you.

Language & Service Costa Rica

Three weeks in wonderful Costa Rica.

Costa Rica: warm and welcoming — an ideal destination for learning and service.

Volunteer on service projects — light construction tasks, trail work, and mentoring — and have fun in daily language lessons with native-speaker instructors in small, private classes.

In all of our travels, we’ve rarely seen a country as welcoming as Costa Rica. As a result, we’ll find that learning Spanish in Costa Rica is made all the more enjoyable. It’s still hard work — that’s to be expected — but the people and setting in Costa Rica make it fun, and because it’s fun, it’s just a bit easier.

We’ll work with native-speaker instructors every weekday. This is the key: in small, private classes, we’ll engage with native speakers who are professional instructors using a proven curriculum.

Outside of class, our learning continues. We’ll have opportunities for Spanish conversation through our group’s service work and daily interactions with Costa Ricans. Using our Spanish in these settings is conversational — there’s no pressure, just opportunities to practice, to improve.

The service projects are varied, and the weekends are for exploration. There’s trail work and wildlife conservation in the lush rainforests of a nature reserve and along the Pacific coast. We’ll also connect with the community as we make time for soccer games with the local kids while doing service projects at two schools and visiting an indigenous community. On the weekends, we’ll raft the Savegre River and explore the beautiful Marino Ballena National Park on the Pacific coast.

We’ll do all of this in a supportive, wholesome Overland group. You’ll find fun and friendship with your trip mates and a warm welcome from your Overland leaders — just like the Costa Ricans, they’ll make you feel right at home from the start.

Have a question about availability?

Contact Us or call: (413) 458-9672

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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.