High School Exchange

This is for general exchange information.  Click here for information about the 2017 summer exchange.

With such a connected world it is almost impossible to stand out without international experience.  The sooner students can get this experience the sooner they will be able to apply that experience to their lives.  An experience like this could influence future decisions such as where to study and what to study. By participating in an exchange program participants are introduced to a foreign culture but with the safety and guidance of a host that is equally motivated to learn more about you and your culture.

The university crew
Immersion: CHECK!

Start by immersing yourself into the Costa Rican culture and create lasting friendships that will be built via the amazing experience you’ll have with them.  It is an unforgettable experience that will be remembered for years to come.  Besides living with a Costa Rican family you will also experience some of the best tourist excursions in the country together with your host sibling!  By the end of the exchange you’ll be well versed in the culture and have a lasting link to Costa Rica which is not something other tourists can say about their visit to Costa Rica.

If you’re not interested in going on exchange, why not host an exchange student from Costa Rica?

Exchanges to Costa Rica

Exchange Dates:

Throughout the year but typically in summer.  Can be adjusted to fit visiting school’s needs.

Details and activities:

Students arrive to Costa Rica where they will be greeted by their host families at the airport and taken to their homes.  The host school they are partnered with will have a welcome party prepared for the students the next day.  Throughout the exchange students will experience what it is like to live with a family and what the daily life is like for them.  They do what the families do, including attending school with their host sibling.

In addition to spending time with the family students will visit some of the best tourist offerings Costa Rica has to offer.  On those days they will travel with their host siblings and other exchange students from their school to experience hot springs, volcanos, rainforests, and beaches.  These days will allow them to interact with their peers and share experiences from their stay.

Events/activities:

Welcome and going away events with host schools

Potential host brothers...
Potential host brothers…

High school days (shadow your host sibling at their school)

Canopy tour

La Paz Waterfall gardens

Tortuga Island beach day

Coffee plantation tour

Arenal Hot Springs

Arenal/Poas volcano

San José museums

How the process works…..

This is a big decision for a lot of young travelers and parents alike and because of that we offer students a chance to be matched with a potential host partner and have communication with them before any commitments need to be made.  Throughout that time we also offer virtual meetings to address parent concerns and explain more about the exchange so everyone feels comfortable with the program.

Timeline for typical summer exchange:

September-March: Interested students are invited to fill out the information form to be matched with a local Costa Rican.  The form is intended to find out more about you, what your interests are and why you are interested in the exchange.  These results will be used to match you with a Costa Rican high school student.

March: Student matches will be made.  Students will be notified and receive information about their exchange pair by the end of March.

April-May: Students have the opportunity to communicate with exchange partner, get to know them and decide if program is for them.

June-August: Exchange trip.  Timeline could vary depending on when exact exchange dates are.

Includes:

  • Airport pick up and drop off via families.
  • All meals, lodging and laundry with host family.
  • Entrance fees and transportation to all activities.
  • Welcome and going away party put on by host school.
  • Flights (from major hub airports).

Excludes:

  • Passports ($80-$110 depending on age).
  • Spending money for snacks and souvenirs ($100-$200).
  • Travel medical insurance (required).  If your insurance provider does not cover international trips we offer affordable policies which you can purchase through us.

Our exchange locations are in the San Ramon/Alajuela region because that is where we live and as educators we are well known and trusted in the community.  When working with us you are dealing directly with the people who will be on the ground making sure your exchange is a success.  Without any intermediaries and a set location we are able to keep our costs down and provide a great exchange experience.

Ready to get started???

Exchange Application Form

For more information about the exchange, check out our FAQs and read about our most recent exchange to Wisconsin!

 

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