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Customize Your Program

Designing Your Custom Program

We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.

A Personal Partner

Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.

Meet our VP of Program Development

Jennifer FisherJennifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.

To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.

Topics to Explore

In Costa Rica, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:


Costa Rica unquestionably leads the world with its commitment to preserving the ecosystem for which it is so well known. Nearly 30% of its land is protected, and the nation has succeeded in finding renewable sources for power and attracting significant investment from sustainable development projects. Explore this model for business, development, and conservation.


Costa Rica’s health system is generally regarded as one of the best in Latin America. Public and private healthcare options are available, and costs are generally much lower than in the United States. Students can experience the intricacies of an international facility and put medical skills to good use by volunteering in a clinic or hospital.

Service Learning

With so many ongoing efforts to preserve biodiversity, Costa Rica is an ideal place to pitch in on important projects making a difference for the environment. Build a program around one major community service project, or spend just a few hours getting your hands dirty as part of a larger program focused on a curriculum theme.

Pre-Matriculation Adventure

Costa Rica routinely ranks among the happiest places on earth to live, and visitors can certainly get a piece of the action. Bring your cohorts together with a pre-orientation travel program full of river rafting, lava hikes, volcano viewing, horseback riding, and relaxing in the hot springs of Arenal.


Destination Overview

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Costa Rica Now

A national obligation to biodiversity has earned Costa Rica a reputation as one of the most progressive countries in the world on environmental policy and sustainability issues. In fact, Costa Rica aims to become the first carbon-neutral country in the world by 2021. These efforts have attracted a cadre of scientists and inspired businesspeople who are innovating and capitalizing on environmental commitment. It has also sparked a large ecotourism industry that has been a significant driver of GDP.

Frequently ranked among the “happiest” nations on earth, Costa Rica is also famous for the pura vida. Officially translated as “pure life,” the phrase has come to encompass an attitude of optimism and gratitude. Open, friendly, and generally progressive, it is ranked relatively high on indices for human rights, equality, and economic progress. For adventurers, too, Costa Rica is a wonderland of opportunity; student travelers in all disciplines enjoy ziplining, surfing, snorkeling, white water rafting, and hiking on volcanos.