Culture and Community Development in Costa Rica

The Culture and Community Development program takes place on Chira Island, a small community with a growing environmental ethic. You will contribute to various community projects while immersing yourself in Island life.

Looking to gain international experience?

ucalgarycares Culture and Community Development in Costa Rica is a co-curricular program where students learn about ethical international volunteerism. In May, the group travels to Central America to work on a variety of community projects. Staying with host families, they practice Spanish and immerse themselves in the local culture. Examples of past activities include painting a school, harvesting oysters, and volunteering at a women's cooperative.

Due to COVID-19, this program has been cancelled for the 2020 year. If you have any questions, please email us at the link below.

Details

Where: Isla Chira, Costa Rica

When: May 2-May 16, 2020

Prior to May, the participants attend six workshops to prepare themselves for their trip. Participating in this program is a great way to travel in a meaningful way, make friends and have fun while making a difference and earning get Co-Curricular Record credit.

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Estimated Cost: $2500*

Co-Curricular Record: Yes

Applications for the 2019-2020 ucalgarycares programs are now closed.

*Cost includes flight, accommodation, ground transportation, meals, resource materials and t-shirt. Bursaries are available for students with financial need, with thanks from SU Quality Money. Please contact ucalgarycares@ucalgary.ca for more information or if you have any financial concerns.

Additional Considerations

It can get very hot on Chira Island. You will be engaging in projects that are physically demanding; heat exhaustion/heat stroke are potential health hazards. You must also have a valid passport with the ability to travel through the United States in order to participate in this project.

I have been involved with ucalgarycares for every year of my undergraduate degree. Starting as a participant with the Global Citizenship program and eventually becoming a three-time Project Assistant on programs in Calgary, Costa Rica, and Toronto, service-learning has been key in building my skills to advocate and address social issues.

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