ISA Service-Learning in San Jose, Costa Rica

Location: Costa Rica: San Jose

Term: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Throughout the year, May Term

Program Duration: 9-12 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

5301 Southwest Parkway Suite 200 Austin, TX 78735 United States

Call Us

Phone: 800.580.8826

Fax: 512.480.8866


San José, the capital of Costa Rica, is in the central valley of the Costa Rican rainforest. As the cultural, economic, and political center of Costa Rica, San José is where most Costa Ricans live, work, and play. In San José, you will be able to experience a vibrant and busy Latin American metropolis while also having the rest of Costa Rica's pristine natural wonders nearby.

ISA Service-Learning provides opportunities to serve in dozens of San José-based NGOs, schools, clinics, and businesses through structured service-learning programs year-round. In San José, Costa Rica, program participants can work with host organizations in a variety of fields; opportunities include a plethora of museums, local schools, youth and disability centers, health clinics, and several others. Through service at a local organization and guided reflection-based curriculum, our goal is to help you gain a better understanding of the local language, culture, and community.

Each service-learning placement is unique, so visit the ISA website to learn more about the specific program options available in San José. We especially recommend San José for students interested in education or working in museums.


1. Receive personalized advising on service opportunities and program options that are the best fit for you. You will receive confirmation of the community-based organization you have been matched with before departure.

2. Begin your transition to daily life in your new country and culture on the Bridging Cultures Program, our in-country orientation.

3. Benefit from the ISA office located near the Veritas campus, enjoy the company of your fellow service-learning participants and ISA students, and use the Wi-Fi Internet provided at the ISA office.

4. Have the opportunity to earn academic credit.

5. Demonstrate the professional, cultural, and personal competencies you acquired while on the program through reflection-based assignments and activities that make up the ISA Service-Learning Portfolio.


ISA Service-Learning programs are available to current students and recent graduates who meet the following eligibility requirements:

• Must have graduated high school by the start date of the service-learning program

• Must be at least 17 years old by the start date of the service-learning program

• Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5

• When applicable, participants must meet the minimum language requirement of the host country

Eligibility for specific community-based organizations is determined by your resume, cover letter, and interview upon application.

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Kinesiology & Exercise Science
  • Journalism
  • Humanities
  • Horticulture
  • History
  • Geology
  • Food Science & Nutrition
  • Economics
  • Ecology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Creative Writing
  • Art & Fine Arts
  • Art History
  • Dentistry
  • Agriculture
  • Sustainable Development
  • Spanish
  • Human Rights
  • Development
  • National Park
  • Tourism
  • Medicine
  • Animal Sciences
  • Zoology & Wildlife Sciences
  • Women's Studies
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Social Sciences
  • Public Administration & Government
  • Psychology
  • Political Science & Politics
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Museum Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Relations
  • Health Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Education
  • Counseling
  • Communications
  • Chemistry
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Health Administration
Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

• Comprehensive advising and support
• Visa support
• Bridging Cultures Program, the on-site cultural and academic orientation
• Housing
• Meals and laundry service
• Guaranteed placement with community based organization
• Full-time resident staff with a maximum 20:1 student to staff ratio
• On-site ISA office, computer and internet access (WiFi)
• Airport reception
• Cultural activities

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Water Projects
  • Volunteer Management
  • Veterinary Science
  • Public Policy
  • Nutrition
  • Medicine
  • Marketing
  • Legal Aide
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Geology
  • Gender Issues
  • Drama
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Biological Research
  • Animal Welfare
  • Dental
  • Youth Development
  • Youth
  • Women
  • Tutor
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Small Business Development
  • Senior Citizens
  • Recreation
  • Parks
  • Nursing
  • Microfinance
  • Media
  • Human Rights
  • Hospital
  • Health Education
  • Health Care
  • Health
  • Environment
  • English Teaching
  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Special Needs
  • Culture
  • Counseling
  • Conservation
  • Public Health
  • Community Development
  • Community Centers
  • Childcare & Children
  • Business
  • Arts
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • AIDS
  • Writing
This Program is open to

Worldwide, Canadian, American, European, Australian, South African, Kiwi, Asian Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Phone/Video Interview
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
Year Founded