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Gap Year in Costa Rica

Are you a beach lover looking for a perfect gap year destination? Then you must choose Costa Rica, a Central American country that proudly boasts both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. And it's not just about beaches - but the country hosts a major part of the Amazon rainforests, and thus animal lovers will be delighted to spot hundreds of animals and birds while exploring Costa Rica.

While nature has beautifully crafted the forests, mountains, beaches and hot springs, mankind has also added to it in the most magnificent manner. The architectural grandeur of Costa Rica is worth cherishing. During your gap year adventure in Costa Rica, you'll surely get an essence of the "Pura Vida" - 'Pure Life' as the natives call it. You'll be touched by their warmth and methods of simple living. Living with the locals, you'll get to experience the authentic Costa Rican lifestyle, learn their language and savor the delicious tastes of their cuisine. No matter how you wish to explore the country, GoDiscoverAbroad will cater your needs and help you to make a positive impact in the society during your gap year trip.

Gap year in Costa Rica

The rugged, rainforested Central American country is a particular favorite amongst gappers and independent long-term travelers for its boatload of thrilling adventures and awe-inducing natural beauty! Get your surf on and hit the amazing Costa Rican swells to make the most of its fantastic beaches. Hike a misty volcanic peak Arenal National Park or get lost in a forest of cloud in Monteverde, but don’t forget a ‘scream your lungs out’ canopy zip line for some amazing shots and a heart-thumping experience in Costa Rica. This peaceful soul of Central America is perfect for gappers looking for a tranquil getaway with a side of adventure!

Volunteering in Costa Rica

Earn the badge of a do-gooder on your gap year in Costa Rica by lending a hand to our conservation efforts as a volunteer. We are preachers of environment and wildlife conservation and we are always on the lookout for passionate nature lovers to partake in our programs and promote responsible tourism. Costa Rica is going to give you so much for your eyes to feast on, flavors to mingle on your taste buds, friends to stay forever, never fading experiences and adventures, and in turn your volunteer work is going to be a small token of gratitude to this amazing country for the fantastic time it has shown you.  You can choose to lend your hand in Turtle conservation or wildlife and rescue volunteering in Costa Rica and leave behind a trail of warm goodness!

Tours in Costa Rica

If an expedition into the Amazon Rainforest is what you have been craving, then Costa Rica would be the good place to kickstart an amazing journey! Hosting a major portion of the Amazon Rainforest, Costa Rica have a mind-boggling array of adventures that are sure to give you 20 and 30 somethings a thrill of a lifetime! From its rich biodiversity to its amazing people and their culture, Costa Rica is your perfect travel destination and you should take your own sweet time to explore all of it. Walk the streets of San Jose and lose yourself in the colonial architecture, explore the many amazing national parks, experience beach time like never before in Montezuma. our tours are the ultimate packages of Costa Rican goodness that every traveler simply couldn’t get enough of!

General Questions

All travelers and volunteers will need a valid Visa for entering the country. Travelers from most of the countries can get a 90-days permit stamped on their passport on arrival.We advise you to check with your nearest Costa Rican Embassy as well, for more details. For further information, you can directly get in touch with your point of contact, who can assist you better.

It's your choice! You can explore the country as a solo traveler or hop around with your favorite people if they are willing to join you as well. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

You might come here alone, but you'll end up meeting some amazing people. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Costa Rica, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.

It's good if you can consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We would suggest you to take the Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus vaccines. You must also check with your doctor for any other medicines that you might require.

You'll need money for your personal expenses, additional tour costs, weekend meals (at times, if you are heading out for lunch or dinner) etc. It'll be sufficient if you keep $ 70 - 80 per week. In case you have plans for adventure activities like cave explorations, surfing lessons etc., you’ll be needing extra cash for that.

Costa Rica is a safe country and extremely tourist friendly, hence you need not worry about traveling solo. You'll meet warm and welcoming people. However, we would suggest you not to hang out with strangers until late night, and be with your fellow travelers in case you are heading out somewhere. We believe that your safety depends on you to a large extent, hence you need to be a little cautious. We'll have our coordinators who'll be there at your service, 24/7. So you need not worry about safety.

Due to its close proximity to the Equator, Costa Rica has no prominent summer or winter. The best time to visit Costa Rica is from mid-December to April (the dry season). You must carry light & comfortable cotton clothes as well as your beachwear since you'll get to spend a lot of time on the beaches.  It's wiser to travel light and pack only the essentials. Don't make your luggage too heavy, as you'll get almost everything in Costa Rica! 

Throughout the year, Costa Rica has some carnival or the other. However, some of the most popular ones are Semana Santa (Easter), Limon Carnival, Fiestas Palmares, Fiestas Zapote etc. Check your dates and our coordinator will guide you about the festivals you can be a part of.

While Spanish is the official language of the country, quite a huge population can speak English. You'll also find people speaking in Portuguese or German.  Your coordinator will be well versed in English. Apart from that, you'll be given a basic Spanish lesson during your orientation. So you need not worry about language barrier!


GDA has a fantastic range of voluntours, adventure tours, internships, work abroad opportunities and responsible traveling options which will surely add a new meaning to your gap year. Pick whatever suits your interests and book your flight tickets for your dream destination. It's time to tickle your wanderlust cells! Calling out all backpackers, gap year students, solo travelers and adventure seekers - it's time that you take the leap and Go, Discover Abroad!

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