GRADE 11 & 12

About Costa Rica Educational Programs

Costa Rica is a country like no other. Twenty-six percent of this tiny Central American country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory. Breath-taking rainforests, booming volcanoes, and some of the rarest and endangered wildlife on the planet are just some of the reasons why Costa Rica is a must-see.  

Our first stop, Playas Del Coco, is one of the most popular beach towns in the country. Here you can experience Pura Vida, or “pure life”.  It is a very relaxed and simple way of looking at life. Costa Ricans are very friendly and laid back, so get used to Pura Vida! Spend some days swimming and enjoying the beautiful beaches, get to know the locals, enjoy the cuisine, and learn and study with a beautiful beach vibe.  

Playas Del Coco is conveniently located on the North Pacific side, which gives our students easy access to a variety of excursions and adventures. Zipline above treetops, walk across hanging bridges, relax in the mineral-rich – hot spring and swim along the idyllic coastline.  Ecotourism in Costa Rica has been able to actively contribute to the conservation of the natural environment of the country. In the jungles or at the beach, you may see monkeys, sea turtles, colourful Scarlet Macaws, tapirs and many more animals that are unique to Costa Rica.  

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has been described as “the jewel in the crown of cloud forests”. Discover this unique area by trekking across walkways built in the forest canopy. This will give you an opportunity to learn about cloud forest ecology and thousands of species. Take an included nighttime hike to uncover nocturnal animals not visible during the day. 

Our third location takes us to the fascinating Arenal Volcano National Park. Arenal is known to be the adventurous capital of Costa Rica, having access to the rainforest, a volcano, waterfalls and the country’s largest lake.  

Head back to Playas Del Coco and continue to enrich your knowledge and frame of mind. Pura Vida!

Age group: 15-19 


July 26 – August 19, 2023*

Monteverde > 4 days
Playas del Coco > 7 days
Arenal > 2 days
Playas del Coco > 11 days

*All dates are subject to change.



Optional Excursions are outings or activities that take place while in location. These are not included in the program fee. These excursions are subject to availability and may vary. Optional excursions will become available in the spring of 2023.


Grade 11

English (ENG3U)
Biology (SBI3U)
Functions (MCR3U)

Grade 12

English (ENG4U)
Biology (SBI4U)
Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
Introductory Kinesiology (PSK4U)

***Students may select one course per program.


"My Global Summers Academy experience was not just a successful academic experience, but was also successful in so many other, more important ways. As an overly shy person, I was quite worried to make new friends. But that didn't prove to be a problem at all. I surrounded myself with kind, fun and most importantly, accepting people who helped me grow throughout the trip. This trip made me feel alive like I've never felt before." Haley E., Costa Rica student, 2022


Tuition & Supervision $2,475.00
Travel Services (Flights, Accommodation, Meals, Activities) $2,720.00
Taxes & Fees $800.00
Total $5,995.00
Cancellation Protection (Optional) $445.00

Airline taxes, local taxes and fees are approximate and subject to change. Program fees do not include registration fee of $195.00.


  • In location travel medical insurance, including coverage for COVID-19 emergency medical and quarantine expenses, for residents of Canada.
  • Round-trip group airfare from Toronto
  • Transportation between cities
  • Approximate airline departure taxes, local taxes and fees
  • Group airport transfers at location
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Tuition
  • Supervision
  • City or town orientation tours
  • Designated outings and activities
  • Use of free internet, where available
  • Farewell banquet
  • Pre-departure briefing and materials


  • Registration fee of $195
  • Cancellation protection
  • Travel visas where applicable
  • Textbooks, novels and/or course packs where applicable
  • Lunch, except where indicated
  • Optional excursions