API at the International Center for Development Studies

Location: Costa Rica: San Jose

Term: Academic Year, Summer, Spring, Fall, May Term

Program Duration: 7-12 Months, 3-6 Months, 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, Summer

Dates: 2020,2021,Year Round


301 Camp Craft Road, Suite 100 Suite 100 Austin, Texas 78746 United States

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Phone: 5126008900

Fax: 512-600-8999


API's programs in Latin America at the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) are the perfect fit for students interested in sustainable development, human rights, and health care studies. The ICDS in San Jose offers students a unique opportunity to experience these areas in a country known for its commitment and achievements in human rights and conservation. Students live in one of the most biodiverse locations on the planet and take part in case studies and hands-on projects in the community.

Courses are taught primarily in English, but students have the ability to incorporate their Spanish and progress along the way. Homestays with local families provide them with even more opportunity for language and cultural immersion.

Amazing, available, and approachable on-site staff are there to help students every step of the way. API plans fun social and cultural activities that take participants on day and overnight excursions! This is an adventurous and outdoorsy program that is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with at least a 2.75 GPA.

Degree Level


Cost in US$:

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Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Pre-Departure Services
Advising, @api Online Resources, Orientation Materials and Support, Peer Mentors, Social Networking, and Scholarships.
On-site Services
Airport Reception, Resident Director, API Center, On-Site Orientation, Housing, Tuition, Tutoring, Language and Culture Tools, Medical and Life Insurance, Excursions, API Learning and Engagement Badge Program
Re-Entry Materials and Support, Alumni Network, and more!

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types
  • Animal Welfare
  • Marine Conservation
  • Environment
  • Conservation
Typical Volunteer
ASVO Volunteer Program The ideal volunteer is an individual who is prepared to work in tropical conditions and can easily adapt to new cultures. Volunteers must be in good physical condition and have few to no allergies. They must also have an interest in protecting the environment and be willing to work independently for long hours in natural environments offering few luxuries.
This Program is open to

American, Canadian Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel to Costa Rica


Application Process Involves
  • Letters of Reference
  • Transcript
  • Online Application
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
Year Founded