Impresionantes costas del Pacifico y del Caribe, montañas, volcanes, cascadas, lagos e islas; Costa Rica es un país ambientalmente amigable con fuerte compromiso de preservar los recursos naturales. Los costarricenses suelen ser orgullosos, amigables y personas diversas, quienes disfrutan de compartir su cultura en las actividades sociales con los nuevos visitantes. ¡Pura Vida! es el lema nacional. Costa Rica no tiene milicia nacional, lo que demuestra el valor de la democracia, la paz y la libertad política que existe.

Los jóvenes en Cota Rica disfrutan de ir al cine, salir a bailar y visitarse unos a otros en sus casas. Los deportes son muy populares, especialmente el fútbol. No te puedes perder los carnavales y festivales, son una excelente oportunidad para envolverte en la cultura local con nuevos amigos.


Host Family & Community

Although you may live anywhere in Costa Rica, most likely you will be in a suburban or urban area. Sharing among extended family members is deeply appreciated, so expect family life to play a significant role in your experience. Mealtimes are often filled with passionate conversations on a variety of subjects, and may be stretched for weekend lunches.


You will probably attend a public school, which runs from February through December, Monday to Friday (7 am to 4.30 pm). Costa Rican students wear uniforms. You can always participate in sport tournaments with your high school or in the community, as well as join music groups and different clubs based on your interests.

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Spanish is the primary language spoken in Costa Rica, and some people also speak English very well. You don’t have to know Spanish before the program, but having a basic knowledge of Spanish or English will be helpful.


Potatoes, eggs, corn, rice and beans, and dairy products are staples of the Costa Rican diet, Meat or fish may not be included in some meals throughout the week. You will also find a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and fruit juices.

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Go abroad with AFS to discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.

Our learning program will prepare you for an amazing AFS intercultural experience. The program begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations and other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations will help you maximize your experience, cope the challenges of navigating a new culture and community and gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding, throughout your time abroad, and as you return to you home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family through your learning journey abroad.


The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program will support your intercultural learning experience. This state-of-the-art program prepares you to successfully navigate new cultural environments—during your AFSNext experience and long after you finish the program. Online intercultural learning modules combined with in-person sessions help you develop practical and global skills, knowledge and attitudes that employers need and mission-driven organizations believe will help achieve their social impact goals. You will receive your certification upon completion of the training program.