Costa Rica

San Jose and Heredia, Costa Rica

Application Deadlines: 
  • Min. GPA 2.5
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Interview with Program Leader

Application deadline: Mar. 15, 2017

Program Details: 

To be updated for 2018.

The goal of this trip is provide students participating in the OSU’s Beaver Without Borders program with the opportunity to participate in a short-term service trip to Costa Rica, and to actively involve the students in service learning by participating in projects that will benefit communities served by an organization called CEDCAS, which is a center for health services and education in San Jose. The trip will also be done in partnership with Soles4Souls, a global not-for-profit institution that collects new and used shoes and clothes, then distributes those goods both via direct donations and through local micro-enterprise programs.

OSU students work with CEDCAS, volunteering their time and labor supporting projects identified by CEDCAS (painting and maintenance at schools, community cleanup, work at sports clinic and a nearby campsite). OSU students will also host five shoe and clothing distributions in San Jose and nearby communities. One or two evenings the students will hear from guest speakers who will discuss Costa Rica’s history, path towards development, and emphasis on environmentally sustainable living. There will also be an excursion to the LaPaz rainforest and animal sanctuary. Students will actively engage with people in communities throughout and nearby San Jose as part of their service work. They will also keep journals of their experiences in Costa Rica.

For more information, contact the Program Leaders Dr. David Bernell and Kimya Massey (Athletics).

Program Administrator: 
OSU Faculty-Led
Program Costs: 
  • Tuition (1 cr. undergraduate): $193
  • Participant Fee: $3,149

(includes: RT airfare from PDX to DR, all lodging, most meals, ground transportation, excursions, etc.)

  • Insurance: $20
  • Travel Clinic Consult: $18 (optional)
  • U.S. Passport: $135
  • Books & Supplies: $0
  • Meals (not included in the Participant Fee): $50
  • Incidentals and miscellaneous: $50

Total Program Cost Estimate: $3,615