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What to expect in Costa Rica

A phrase that literally translates to “Pure Life” or “Full of Life,” the Costa Rican phrase “Pura Vida” is used in countless situations and embodies the Costa Rican philosophy. Costa Rica adheres to “Pura Vida” with its commitment to preserving a tropically lush ecosystem rich in biodiversity. The pace of life is relaxed, and many citizens place a high value on time spent recreating with family and friends. Travelers encounter this philosophy through the warm welcomes they receive and the discovery of a real-life paradise that includes tranquil beaches, cloud forests, and downright fantastic coffee. It’s hard to spend time in Costa Rica without absorbing a bit of “Pura Vida.”

Where do we operate programs in Costa Rica

What type of programs can you do in Costa Rica

Intern in Costa Rica


The World Endeavors Intern in Costa Rica program takes place in Atenas, a city known for its welcoming people and superior climate.



Study in Costa Rica to expand your cultural horizons and enhance your academics through a wide range of courses. Put yourself out there by studying in Costa Rica!



The World Endeavors Volunteer in Costa Rica program takes place in Atenas, a city known for its welcoming people and superior climate.


Our Costa Rica Programs

Shown below are all of our program options for this country. If you can’t find a suitable program then please use the main program finder to continue your search.

Study Abroad A Costa Rican waterfall flows in the distance against a mountainous rainforest backdrop.
Costa Rica

Summer Study in Costa Rica (Universidad Veritas)

From rainforests to waterfalls teeming with tropical wildlife, get lost in the natural beauty of Costa Rica this summer. Choose from 1 or 2 summer session time frames for the ultimate flexibility to work Costa Rica study abroad into your summer plans.

Summer Study in Costa Rica (Universidad Veritas)

You’ll be comfortably enrolled at Universidad Veritas in San Jose which is the #1 university in Costa Rica for hosting U.S. students abroad. Consisting of 2 month-long summer sessions, you’ll have the flexibility to choose a course and time frame that works best for you. Courses are taught in English OR Spanish. 

  • Summer Session 1: Health and Humanities Focus
  • Summer Session 2: Environmental and Business Focus

Fill out a brief application form to get in touch with an advisor to help you start planning your summer in Costa Rica today!

Study Abroad
Costa Rica

Study in Costa Rica (Universidad Veritas)

Study abroad with World Endeavors in Costa Rica and expand your skills while deepening your knowledge of this beautiful, richly diverse country.

Study in Costa Rica (Universidad Veritas)

Universidad Veritas in San Jose prides itself on offering the top-rated Study Abroad program in Costa Rica, which combines language learning, cultural integration and exploration of this biodiverse country. This university prioritizes diversity and inclusion, as well as having a strong emphasis on sustainability and climate change education.

Volunteer Abroad
Costa Rica

Environmental Conservation Volunteer in Costa Rica

Motivated volunteers team up with nonprofit organizations in Costa Rica, dedicating their efforts to a wide range of initiatives promoting conservation and sustainable development.

Environmental Conservation Volunteer in Costa Rica

Motivated volunteers team up with nonprofit organizations in Costa Rica, dedicating their efforts to a wide range of initiatives promoting conservation and sustainable development.

Volunteer Abroad
Costa Rica

Childcare Volunteer in Costa Rica

Join forces with Costa Rica's community to provide care, education, and empowerment to underprivileged children.

Childcare Volunteer in Costa Rica

Join forces with Costa Rica’s community to provide care, education, and empowerment to underprivileged children.

Every World Endeavors Program Includes

Our international programs are intentionally curated to be comprehensive, and include all that you need to succeed and stay safe abroad.


  • Customized to match your interests and goals
  • Year-round program availability and start dates
  • Flexible durations


  • Variety of options depending on program type – host family, shared apartment/house, student residence
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind


  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator


  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance


  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support


  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network


When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.


While you’re in Costa Rica, you can enjoy a wide array of exciting activities and experiences. Here are some things you can do in your spare time in Costa Rica:

  • Explore National Parks and Reserves: Discover Costa Rica’s stunning biodiversity by visiting its numerous national parks and wildlife reserves. Explore places like Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Tortuguero National Park to witness diverse flora and fauna.
  • Eco-Tourism and Adventure Sports: Engage in eco-friendly activities such as zip-lining through the treetops, white-water rafting down rushing rivers, or taking a canopy tour to experience the country’s natural wonders up close.
  • Learn to Surf: Costa Rica is a surfer’s paradise with great waves suitable for all skill levels. Sign up for surf lessons and ride the waves along the Pacific coast.
  • Experience Tico Culture: Engage with the locals, known as “Ticos” and “Ticas,” to experience the warm and friendly Costa Rican culture. Participate in traditional events, sample local cuisine, and learn about their customs.

Recent Costa Rica Testimonials

Autumn RVolunteer in Costa Rica

Amazing experience from start to finish! Everyone involved in the process both here in the states and while abroad was fantastic and readily available when I had any questions!

MAria SVolunteer in Costa Rica

My 3 daughters and I traveled together as World Endeavors Volunteers. Throughout the entire pre-trip, during-trip, and post-trip process, WE was there personally attentive to our needs, supporting our trip vision, and bringing together all of their knowledge, experience, and resources to create what was a spectacularly memorable trip! We lived in and learned in the beautiful country of Costa Rica, met interesting and diverse people, participated in meaningful work and made contributions to others, traveled and adventured in beautiful places, and grew our own personal relationships through the sharing of it all. Truly an experience we will carry with us forever! I want more of it now ... wanderlust!

Erin BVolunteer in Costa Rica

I volunteered for 4 weeks with World Endeavors in a Costa Rican nursing home, helping with physical therapy. This is such an amazing experience for anyone looking to study and/or volunteer abroad. The World Endeavors staff is there for you every step of the way, even providing you with an in-country coordinator for any questions that may arise while you're at your site.

Whitney SIntern in Costa Rica

My time in Costa Rica was absolutely amazing, I learned so many new things that I had never learned before. I loved my host family and am still in touch with them!

Michelle WVolunteer in Costa Rica

Arriving in Latin America was a short trip, the days were long but the wonderful encounters with the host family impressed a heart shape. The Healthcare projects were balanced to create a meaningful exposure in my personal commitments. I love having the chance to work in therapy with children and giving them the independence they deserve at the right time. This experience has given me the most confidence for future out of the country activities.

Costa Rica FAQs

How Big is Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has a total area of 51,100 square kilometers, making it 19,730 square miles.

Is Costa Rica Expensive?

Costa Rica is a relatively affordable destination, depending on your lifestyle choices. As a popular tourist destination, it holds luxury and convenience outlets that allow visitors to enjoy more exclusive services. It also hosts visitors looking to explore its natural beauty without breaking the bank through affordable living options.

Is Costa Rica Safe to Travel to?

Costa Rica is generally considered a safe travel destination for tourists. It has a reputation for being one of the safer countries in Central America. However, like any travel destination, it’s essential to exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

What Language Do They Speak in Costa Rica?

The official language spoken in Costa Rica is Spanish. Spanish is the country’s primary language for communication, government, education, and business. While Spanish is the dominant language, you may also find some English speakers in tourist areas, particularly in the hospitality and tourism industries.

What Currency Does Costa Rica Use?

Costa Rica’s official currency is the Costa Rican Colón, often denoted by the symbol “₡” or the code “CRC”. However, despite the official currency, US dollars are widely accepted in many tourist areas, and it’s common for businesses, hotels, and restaurants to display prices in both Colónes and US dollars.

What Should You Wear in Costa Rica?

In Costa Rica, wear lightweight clothing like t-shirts, shorts, and dresses in breathable materials. Use sandals or water-resistant shoes for beaches and closed-toe or hiking sandals for activities. Sun protection with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is vital. Also, pack lightweight long-sleeve clothes for insect protection and cooler evenings.

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How to apply

You’ve decided to go abroad – amazing! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. We can’t wait to get you on your way!


Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.


Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.


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