Culture and Community Development in Costa Rica

The Culture and Community Development program takes place on Chira Island, a small community with a growing environmental ethic. You will contribute to various community projects while immersing yourself in Island life.

Culture and Community Development in Costa Rica

Looking to gain international experience?

ucalgarycares Culture and Community Development in Costa Rica is a co-curricular program where students learn about ethical international volunteerism. In May, the group travels to Central America to work on a variety of community projects. Staying with host families, they practice Spanish and immerse themselves in the local culture. Examples of past activities include painting a school, harvesting oysters, and volunteering at a women's cooperative.


Where: Isla Chira, Costa Rica


Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, the ucalgarycares programs are on hold for 2022, therefore registration is not open at this time. Please refer to LSE Events for current events available through the Leadership and Student Engagement office as well as current programs offered through Community Engagement.

Prior to May, the participants attend six workshops to prepare themselves for their trip. Participating in this program is a great way to travel in a meaningful way, make friends and have fun while making a difference and earning get Co-Curricular Record credit.

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Estimated Cost: $2500*

Co-Curricular Record: Yes

*Cost includes flight, accommodation, ground transportation, meals, resource materials and t-shirt. Bursaries are available for students with financial need, with thanks from SU Quality Money. Please contact for more information or if you have any financial concerns.

Additional Considerations

It can get very hot on Chira Island. You will be engaging in projects that are physically demanding; heat exhaustion/heat stroke are potential health hazards. You must also have a valid passport with the ability to travel through the United States in order to participate in this project.

I have been involved with ucalgarycares for every year of my undergraduate degree. Starting as a participant with the Global Citizenship program and eventually becoming a three-time Project Assistant on programs in Calgary, Costa Rica, and Toronto, service-learning has been key in building my skills to advocate and address social issues.

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