Central America Semester | Carpe Diem Education Gap Year

Location: Costa Rica: Nicoya Peninsula, Rural Areas and 2 other cities; Guatemala: Antigua, Quetzaltenango; Honduras: Roatan; Multiple Countries

Term: Fall, Spring

Program Duration: 3-6 Months

Dates: 2020,2021


1529 N Killingsworth Street Portland, OR 97217 United States

Call Us

Phone: 503-285-1800

Fax: 866-903-1077


Learn about Sustainability and immerse yourself in Spanish language over the course of Carpe Diem's Central America semester. Learn about endangered marine life while getting an Open Water SCUBA certification, help protect natural coastlines and turtle nesting sites while working with marine biologists. We strive to make sustainability projects real by partnering with communities and organizations that are pioneering responsible and innovative ways to approach sustainable development.

Students immerse themselves in Spanish language by living with host families and studying in 1-on-1 or small-group classes periodically throughout the program. During weeks that students aren’t in Spanish classes, they’ll use their Spanish language skills to explore cross-cultural understanding with partner organizations during volunteer projects - as well as have opportunities to speak Spanish with local communities every day!

Through small groups of no more than 12 participants, students will have opportunities to take on leadership roles, learn more about themselves and their community, and explore their interests and passions.


1. Experience family homestays with Intensive Spanish language lessons

2. Join Environmental Conservation projects working with sea-turtles

3. Trek through Guatemalan Highlands

4. Volunteer with organizations that help local communities

5. Learn about sustainable living while staying at an eco-lodge

6. Enjoy the Spiritual Retreat in Guatemala on Lake Atitlan

7. Join group sizes that are limited to12 students and 2 Program Leaders

8. Earn 18 college-credits provided by Portland State University

9. Apply for FAFSA and Scholarships

Type of Programs
  • Gap Year
  • Student Exchange
  • Outdoor Education
  • Community Service & Volunteering
  • Language Immersion
  • Experiential Learning

  • Spanish

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Program fee includes all food, accommodations, and scheduled program activities for the duration of the program. International airfare, health insurance and spending money are extra. International airfare estimated at USD 1400 - 1600.

An additional USD $1,700 fee applies to receive a full semester of college credit through Portland State University, including access to FAFSA Federal Financial Aid.

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Gender Issues
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Media
  • Nutrition
  • Organic Farming
  • Reforestation
  • Marine Conservation
  • Social Work
  • Renewable Energy
  • Women
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biological Research
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cooking
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Youth Development
  • Youth
  • Conservation
  • Environment
  • Community Development
  • Community Centers
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Trail Building
  • English Teaching
  • Tree Planting
Typical Volunteer
• This program is designed for GAP YEAR students.  Students can expect to:
• Travel together as a small group, throughout the entire program.
• Participate in community building exercises during orientation that focus on team-building and group dynamics.
• Have two Overseas Educators facilitate regular group meetings throughout the semester, to create space for students to reflect, process and connect with each other.
• Immerse themselves in the places we visit through home stays and service projects and working alongside local partners.
• Abide by our Sacred Six agreements designed to help challenge you to grow personally, engage in the program in meaningful ways, and ensure we are creating a safe space to travel responsibly.
This Program is open to

Worldwide, American, Canadian Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living
  • Home-stays
  • Dormitory
  • Guest House

Participants Travel

in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Online Application
  • Essay
Typically The Application Process Time is
2 business days
Post Services Include
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
  • Alumni Network
  • Job and Internship Network
Year Founded