How do I apply?
Please apply by October 31, 2018 by completing our online form. We'll contact you within 2 business days to set up a phone call. There's no fee to apply!
What are the eligibility requirements?
In order to participate, you must be a U.S. citizen, a high school graduate, and 18 years or older at program start date of January 5, 2019.
What are the dates and duration?
Participants will arrive to SJO airport on January 5, 2019, and depart on January 13 from the same airport. If you plan to arrive in Costa Rica early, you must still meet the group on the 5th at SJO during the provided meeting window. If you plan to continue traveling beyond January 13th, you are welcome to do so, but must remain with the group until the program ends on that date.
Where will I be staying?
Accommodation at quality, affordable hotels is included throughout the program. Participants will share rooms (same sex).
How is transportation within Costa Rica handled?
All in-country transportation is included in your program. We will use private transportation (bus or shuttle) for the group. At some points, public transportation might be used.
Who is leading the program?
Experienced group leaders with education and international program leadership backgrounds will be with the group from start to finish. They will facilitate all group activities, and you'll get to know them before you depart. In Costa Rica, you will also have the support of a bilingual local coordinator.
How hard are the physical activities like hiking? How will I know if the physical activities are suitable for me?
While we will not be trekking extensively, your itinerary will contain strenuous and physical activities (across varied terrain and in different weather). It's important that you're open to and comfortable with this type of physical activity. If you have any doubts as to your physical ability to participate on the program, we welcome you to contact us.
In addition, this is a fast-paced program and we'll be keeping busy (and having a huge amount of fun). Be ready to stay engaged so you can make the most of our eight days!
Will I have assignments to complete?
We'll be sending you some short readings and videos before and after your program, which will make for a more enriching in-country experience. While we won't be collecting "assignments" or providing grades, the program works better when everyone participates to the fullest. While in Costa Rica, we expect you to put your best foot forward when it comes to group activities and discussions.
How does the program fee break down?
As a nonprofit organization committed to creating accessible intercultural experiences, InterExchange sets pricing carefully. In addition to everything listed under What's Included, your program fee covers the costs of program design, site visits, application review, one-to-one advising, and other program administration.
InterExchange is committed to increasing awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals. As such we are offering to pay for half of the fee for the January, 2019 program for all participants. In order to be eligible for this significant discount you must complete the "Sustainability Matters" message within the application, and apply by October 31st.
Is my flight included in the program fee?
No, the cost of your flight is not included in the program fee.
How do I book my flight?
You can book your flight using your choice of online or other booking services. (We do not book group flights.) We'll provide windows of time in which you must arrive and depart from SJO airport. We can assist you with booking your flights, should you need.
Do I need to know Spanish to participate in the program?
No language skills are required for participation, but you'll have opportunities to practice along the way. And it never hurts to learn a bit before you go!
Can I spend more time in Costa Rica either before or after the program?
Of course! If you plan to arrive in Costa Rica early, you must still meet the group on January 5th at SJO during the provided meeting window. If you plan to continue traveling beyond January 13th, you are welcome to do so, but must remain with the group until the program ends on that date.
Does the program include medical insurance?
Yes, your program fee includes international medical insurance, including accident, sickness, and emergency evacuation coverage. This covers all activities included on the program.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions. We'll work with you to understand if your dietary needs can be met throughout the length of the program.
How does the optional beach and Spanish immersion week work?
We offer Learn Spanish Costa Rica as a separate program, but as a participant on Sustainable Action you have the option to add a week (or more!) on the Learn Spanish program at a special package rate. Rather than heading back to the airport after your Sustainable Action program you'll be able to transfer to Manuel Antonio independently. A host family will welcome you on the other side and you'll stay for 6 nights with the beach nearby! Your host family provides breakfast and dinner each day and an inexpensive local bus ride of about 10 minutes will get you to and from your classes. The beach is just as few minutes down the road from the language school, along with Manuel Antonio National Park.