II. July 13-July 26, 2024
$5499* (Plus Airfare)
Alongside our partners, Rancho Quemado and Reserva Cloudbridge, you will learn about conservation, reforestation, climate change, and sustainable tourism while exploring two unique locations: the tropical rainforest of the Osa Peninsula and the cloud forest of the Talamanca mountains.
Note: This program has two sessions to choose from (Costa Rica I or Costa Rica II). The only difference is the dates.
Your program will begin in Rancho Quemado, on the remote Osa Peninsula, named by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth.” As you delve into life at Rancho Quemado, you’ll witness conservation in action and actively partake in the daily routines of dedicated residents-turned-conservationists. You will meet former hunters and gold miners who have become passionate environmental advocates and immerse yourself in Spanish. In addition, you will participate in cultural activities (cooking, dancing, arts), meet with resident entrepreneurs, partake in biological monitoring hikes, and visit the “crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national park system,” Corcovado National Park.
After a week in Rancho Quemado, you will embark on a scenic drive from sea level to Cloudbridge Reserve, a hidden gem nestled over a mile high (5500 ft) in the majestic cloud forest. This private nature reserve is dedicated to the conservation and reforestation of the cloud forest. During your time here, you will learn about the work of this biological research station through daily hikes, reforestation work, and performing your own small research project. While engaged in these activities, you will deepen your understanding of wildlife conservation, sustainable tourism practices, and the far-reaching impact of climate change.
*Please note that programs are subject to change based on the health and safety of participants and our partners.
Practice speaking Spanish while staying in rural cabins owned and operated by a local family
Experience the rich biodiversity of Costa Rica, from the cloud forest of the Talamanca mountains to the tropical rainforest of the Osa Peninsula.
Deepen your understanding of conservation, ecotourism, and the far-reaching impact of climate change.
1 is the least rigorous, 5 is the most rigorous
ON THE MOVE
“And I know now why the park is so heavily protected and loved because I was able to go there and be in it. We can only go so far when we look at a picture or hear a story, but by living it we can really see it for everything that it is.” -Eloise
Costa Rica:ConservationPhoto Gallery
Costa Rica:Conservation : In Three Phases
During the travel phase of each SStS course, you will spend time reflecting on and processing your experience.
Tuition (students from partner schools): $5299
Tuition (students from non-partner schools): $5499
*Students attending a partner school receive a tuition discount. Click HERE to see partner schools. Please note that tuition does not include airfare.
Estimated Flight Cost (Session I): $1135
Estimated Flight Cost (Session I): $850
*All students travel to their program destination on a group flight booked by Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder. Participants are responsible for any increase in airfares imposed by the airlines. All participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the departure city. SStS will confirm airfare and connecting travel information approximately 60 days before travel.
SStS is in search of curious, compassionate, globally-minded students from all backgrounds. We will do all that we can financially to support students who require assistance. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please indicate this on the application. Resources are limited and tend to be less than 50% of tuition.
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