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The Golden Key Costa Rica Experience: A Great Cultural and Service Opportunity for Summer 2017

May 18, 2017

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Are you looking for a life-changing opportunity to serve and explore abroad in summer 2017? You’re in luck! You are invited to apply for The Golden Key Costa Rica Experience, an 8-night, 7-day program administered by Golden Key and the Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA). The Golden Key Costa Rica Experience is now welcoming applications from Golden Key Members.

 

You can attend either of these sessions this summer:

  • Session One: August 5-12
  • Session Two: August 12-19

But please act soon, because the application deadline is July 8th, 2017.

The total trip cost is $1,295.00 USD. PLEASE NOTE that you are responsible for reserving and paying for your own round-trip air travel between a U.S. city of your choice and San Jose International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica. You will be greeted at the airport by a program representative and escorted to your hotel in a fully licensed and insured motor coach.

 

The Experience of a Lifetime

Since 1989, more than 20,000 students have participated in programs administered by the CRLA. All lodging, meals, ground transportation, excursions and other experiences are meticulously chosen and supervised by CRLA staff. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be met by a program representative and escorted to your hotel – a safe, secure, air-conditioned facility with a swimming pool – where you will share a room with 2-other 3 program participants.

But don’t take our word for it!

“The Golden Key-hosted trip to Costa Rica was the best experience of my life,” writes Anna W, who took part in the program last year, “It was a total immersion experience and I learned things about the language, culture, and population that no amount of education could provide an individual. Every detail of the trip was amazing, including the wonderful tour guides who were nothing but kind, knowledgeable, and helpful . . . I would recommend anybody who has the option of participating in this trip to take advantage of the opportunity!” – Anna W.

What makes this program so outstanding? First of all, every detail has been developed and tested in years past. Prior to your departure, for example, you will receive contact information and photos of all participants, so you can connect before you leave for Costa Rica – and if possible, meet in your local airport and travel together.

 

Teach Students Good Hygiene Skills

You and other U.S. students will travel to a remote community in Costa Rica, where you will teach hygiene practices to elementary school students using a program developed by GloGerm.com and supported by CleanTheWorld.com, two nonprofit organizations with the mission of improving health and hygiene around the world. You will help young students learn better hand-washing skills, using fun, innovative GloGerm™ kits.

 

Make the World a Better Place

In addition to serving as a hygiene ambassador, you will have the opportunity to design and administer a program that reflects your own vision of improving the world.

Last year, for example, a program member who was studying graphic design helped elementary school students create a plan of their school that showed emergency evacuation routes. In the past, nursing students have administered health screening tests, environmentalists have run special projects to protect wildlife, and more. So bring your passions to Costa Rica with you, and get to work.

 

Become Immersed in the Life and Culture of a Vibrant Country

You will also spend time getting to know a Costa Rican family, touring the city of Cartago with a program guide, exploring the Ujarras ruins and the Irazu volcano, visiting nature preserves, heading to pristine beaches, volunteering at a wildlife rescue center , zip-lining over the jungle, taking a river tour to see crocodiles, learning to prepare traditional Costa Rican cuisine in cooking classes. . . and even protecting sea turtles and distributing their unhatched eggs to a turtle hatchery.

As Anna W. said The Golden Key Costa Rica Experience is the “experience of a lifetime.”

 

Reserve Your Place Now

To learn more, email engagecostarica@gmail.com.

And be sure to check out the Engage Costa Rica Facebook group!

 

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